Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Sickly Squeaker

The first hint of a problem came last night with a slightly warm body and a light, raspy cough. It blossomed into mini-crying jags and a need to be constantly snuggled.

Late last night, she finally allowed us to put her to bed for a fitful night’s sleep.

This morning, she seemed okay and didn’t need to be constantly held. So we went about our normal day, getting ready for work and the sitter’s.

The Squeak’s condition deteriorated during the morning, so it was decided that P.Pie would take her to see the doctor. Around lunchtime, P.Pie called to say that Squeak had CRV.

“Squeak has a Cash Return Value?” I wondered if they’d pay more in California and Michigan.

But it was not CRV, rather RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

Here is the according to CDC definition –

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia among infants and children under 1 year of age. Illness begins most frequently with fever, runny nose, cough, and sometimes wheezing. During their first RSV infection, between 25% and 40% of infants and young children have signs or symptoms of bronchiolitis or pneumonia, and 0.5% to 2% require hospitalization. Most children recover from illness in 8 to 15 days.

So, the doctor prescribed a nebulizer treatment of Albuterol (which, during her first treatment at the Dr’s office, all the nurses commented how well she took to it).

Unfortunately, the order for the home nebulizer got lost in the electronic ether between the office and the medical supply company. Needless to say, P.Pie was a worried wreck by the time I got home.

After some reassuring of P.Pie and few phone calls to the on-call Dr. (who just happened to be Squeak’s Dr.), we were able to get the equipment delivered to the house.

It’s a mild case of RSV, so we should get over it pretty quickly without any lasting effects on The Squeaker.

Of course, her parents will be reduced to rubble for a while.

12 Comments:

Blogger Ash said...

You are lucky you caught it in time. My eldest, Leila, was hospitalized for four days when she got RSV at two months old. The day before, She went into get her shots. The next day she was acting a bit different and sluggish. I called the Doctor and got the normal "If you are that worried, bring her back in" spiel. I brought her in and the doctor immedetely hospitalized her.
I should have sued. THE DOCTOR SAW HER THE DAMN DAY BEFORE!

I'm glad you caught Jorja's in time!

1/31/2008 7:42 AM  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That sucks, I'm sorry.

I hope she is feeling better.

1/31/2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Emma M. said...

Poor kid. Respiratory illnesses really take it out of you. I get bronchitis all the time, and even as a fully grown, healthy human being, it'll put me in bed for a week. I hope she feels better soon!

1/31/2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Get better soon, Little One. At 33 I nebulize with every day too. But I don't get the cool mask.

1/31/2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

Joey got RSV when he was about 18 months and it wasn't easy to get him to nebulize because he knew how to shut the machine off and scream, "I no wan' it!"

Hope Squeaker feels better soon. And hopefully the nebulizer will just collect dust over the years from lack of use.

1/31/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Hope your little Squeak is feeling better soon!

2/01/2008 8:09 PM  
Blogger Kila said...

I hope she is well soon!

2/01/2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

My 14 year spent 2 days in the hospital with RSV when he was 2 mnths old followed by neb treatments at home with every cold the first year. We were also in the dr's office the day before being hospitalized. They diagnosed him that day with RSV but said he was borderline. They sent us home and told us to watch for this labored, retractive breathing. We watched him like a hawk. We were nervous wrecks nit knowing if our untrained eyes we were missing something. We took him back the next day and then hospitalized him. My 3 year old also spent 3 days in the hospital when he was just over a year old but they never actually said RSV - leaned more toward possible asthma. He had the same labored, retractive breathing though. We neb at home as needed with him too.

2/04/2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger radioactive girl said...

My son had that as a baby. Good luck! I hope she's feeling better soon!

2/05/2008 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you caught it in time, our daughter had it when she was 6mos old and was hospitialized for a week - oh and the best part was that we were deathly ill as well.

But she did great - just be on the look out for chest infections from now on.

All the best to little squeak

michelle

2/07/2008 11:45 AM  
Anonymous JewJewBee said...

Poor Squeak... Get better soon!

2/08/2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Kaz said...

Hey, man - hope everything's going okay. Our now-four-month-old had that a couple months ago. I guess his was even milderer, 'cause we only needed to use antibiotics and he was over it in a few days.

Still - anything more than sniffles at any age makes a parent worry.

2/19/2008 4:24 AM  

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