Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Sick Baby

We spent the day at the doctor today, literally. We left the house at 9:15 and got back home at 2:45. What a day. Anna is really sick. She started coughing a bit and being somewhat snuffly on Tuesday, and then she started running a fever yesterday. She didn't eat much yesterday, but she did drink bottles last night and this morning. Her fever was up pretty high when she woke up at 3:15 AM, so I went ahead and made an appointment this morning. Her ears were fine, but her chest is congested and she is wheezy. They did a chest x-ray, which was fine, and a complete blood count, which was elevated but not extremely so. Getting the blood was not easy, especially since she really isn't THAT well-hydrated right now, but due to my fervent prayers I am sure, they finally were able to strike a vein. Anna did not really appreciate the intrusion and the poking around, but really she did pretty well and didn't protest too terribly much--a sign of how sick she is, unfortunately. Right now the doctor thinks it is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and so we really have to watch her over the next few days to see if her cough and congestion get worse, and of course, that she doesn't get dehyrated. She's just not herself , and she definitely looks sick--very pale. Not her usual happy, perky self!

I would just like to say that the boys did really well, even though we had to wait around so very long, and we didn't have lunch until 3:00. Nathan and Luke read books to the little boys so I could focus on Anna, and there was hardly an complaining--at least until about 2:00, LOL, and by then I was beginning to think we were never going to be able to leave, so I was right there with them. Bob even had to make a special guest appearance at the clinic because I wasn't allowed to go back with Anna for her x-ray, due to the pregnancy, and she obviously couldn't go back by herself, LOL. So it was a real day of family bonding.

Now we're back home, we've eaten lunch, the boys are playing outside, and Anna is napping. Whew. Please be praying for her to get over this quickly!


Pilot Mom said...

((((((Hugs)))) to precious Anna! ANd, {{{{HUGS}}}} to you, too!

We are praying, praying, praying!!

And Bob thought he took off to study...God knew he would be needed at the clinic! :)

Dy said...

Ah, {{hugs}}. Did they tell you about the pounding? If you lay her across your lap, on her stomach, with her rear elevated above the level of her head, and just sort of pound on her back - start near the waist and work your way to the shoulders. Don't go back and forth, just lift your hands to place them back at the starting point. Do it several times a day. It will help keep the congestion loose and worked out of her lungs. It helps them clear much more quickly.

If it helps, Emily had RSV last winter. She pulled out of it okay! I'll be praying for Anna.