Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crappy Lungs

Sunday afternoon (Holland's looking good!):

Sunday evening (Eden was really sick here, but you wouldn't know it):

Monday included a trip to the pediatrician's office, mostly for Eden. I decided to have Holland seen too, at the last minute, because she had just started coughing early that morning. Eden had diffuse crackling throughout her lungs. "Sounds more like bronchitis than pneumonia because there is no focal point." Holland had some mild wheezing and a few crackles, but they cleared right up with a breathing treatment. Both girls were satting above 96 and were in pretty good spirits. We left with instructions to continue albuterol treatments every four hours with Eden, and every 4-6 hours with Holland, as well as a prescription for oral steroids for Eden if she wasn't sounding better by that evening. We never ended up giving E the steroids because she seemed to be doing pretty well by bedtime.

Tuesday morning (simultaneous breathing treatments, always so pitiful):

Both girls got treatments every 4 hours Monday night (John gave the 1am treatment, and I gave the 5am treatment), then they had another treatment around 9:30am on Tuesday morning. After that, Eden seemed to be doing pretty well and we started spacing out the time between her treatments. On the other hand, Holland started deteriorating and was needing treatments every 2 hours throughout the day.

I finally bit the bullet, and after dinner I packed our bags preparing for a stay and we headed out to the ER. She was satting 89 when we got here, and we predictably ended up admitted. Things got worse as the night progressed and she is now at 3 liters of oxygen, still only satting 93-94 when awake, and 89-92 when asleep.

Tuesday night (in the ER):

The ER pedi was calling it pneumonia, but we've had two more opinions since then. They say that every chest xray shows some areas of collapse in her lungs when she is sick. Even her one healthy xray isn't completely normal. The hazy parts of the xray (where there is some collapse) could be a breeding ground for bacteria, so they are treating with antibiotics to be "safe."

She has not had a fever, so they are not suspecting flu, RSV, or Strep (which a few people in my family have right now). She just has a virus. You know, the common cold.

And crappy, crappy lungs.

Wednesday morning (already asking "Can I go home yet?":

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The poor kids can't stay wireless for long, huh?

Shosh said...

aw, man. hope she feels better soon!

Stacy said...

Oh Billie, I am so sorry. Morgan has "preemie lungs" as seen on x-rays, too. We're told they look a bit hazy - even when "healthy". I think with the H1N1 thing - it's going to be a long year.

Claire said...

Hoping for a quick recovery!

Sarah said...

Stupid crappy lungs. Hope she gets better really quickly! Tell her I wish she could go home, too.

Laura said...

Poor Holland wishing and praying she gets better real soon!

The Buckley Family said...

Poor kiddo, darn those crappy lungs! We just fought colds this last week too, thankfully no hospital trips this time! Praying both girls are in tip-top shape again soon!

GreenGirl said...

Hope she is feeling better soon and you have your family back under one roof.

Barb said...

Feel better soon!!!!!

Cora said...

Get well soon Holland (and Eden too).

Anonymous said...

I hope Holland feels better and gets to go home soon.

I can't believe how grown-up they both look sitting in their pink and purple chairs. Their pjs even coordinate.

Amy

McTriplet Mommy said...

Oh no! I hate to see Holland in the hospital! Hope you're home soon.

Kara

mom22little1s said...

Get better soon. Poor crappy lungs!
The cold and flu season freaks me out!

Anonymous said...

hope they're better soon ((hug)).

Sarah said...

:( I hate crappy lungs! Get better soon.

Kendra Lynn said...

Aw man....we will be praying that they both feel completely well soon. Love you much.

Kendra

Melissa said...

Yuck! Hope that she feels beter soon...good luck!

Anonymous said...

Dang girl, that sucks! Wish I could be there just to hang out with you. Hope things turn around soon. Much love, Jess

Anonymous said...

Praying for your girls, especially Holland tonight. I hope she comes home soon.

liz.mccarthy said...

Billie, so sorry to hear the news....I'm afraid of the year ahead of us tooo...Get better soon girls....you are worrying your mama sick! Love the new glasses for Eden too!

Rebecca said...

She is about the most cutest little girl sitting there in the hospital bed typing on the computer!

Lisa said...

I can not believe how mature they've become while I wasn't looking. They are just gorgeous!