Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RSV times two - again

On Easter evening Maisie started to come down with something. As is common for her, the first signs are usually a fever and low oxygen saturations. We put her on oxygen and patiently waited for things to take their course. While we were able to manage things for a few days, by Wednesday morning she was coughing, retracting, and not really responding to breathing treatments with the nebulizer.

After a rough morning we went to the pediatrician, who advised us to get to the hospital. At the ER, we expected to be admitted for a few days at the very least. Maisie had bronchiolitis due to RSV amongst a few other maladies that required more oversight than we could provide at home. 

Luckily the stay was pretty uneventful. Maisie enjoyed brownies and movies, lots of steamy baths and lemonade. She was a trooper for dealing with an IV and constant respiratory treatments for four days. By Saturday her oxygen requirements were down to a half liter and we were given the okay to return home. 

James started to get sick while Maisie was in the hospital, and by the time she came home he was right in the middle of his illness. Luckily he was well enough to stay home. Both kids required oxygen, breathing treatments and medications regularly, and we were beyond exhausted. 

At the end of week number two, we were pretty much weaned off of oxygen except at night and our nebulizer treatments became less frequent. At nearly three weeks we are finally getting to the point where everyone is sleeping, eating, and with energy levels nearing normal. Maisie is still on her o's at night for the time being. 

These last few weeks of RSV have been tough; juggling work schedules and appointments with just one car, two very sick kids, lots of medical equipment and medications. Luckily our jobs are really flexible and understanding about our situation. After it all, we definitely need a vacation. But more than anything, we hope that the little dragons grow out of their propensity to get very sick with upper respiratory infections and bronchiolitis. 

Here's to hoping that this is our last encounter with RSV. 

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