Thursday, February 28, 2008

Eli's First Visit to the Emergency Room

We went from this: and this:
to this in two days (Eli never usually bums out on the couch!!):
I started feeling crummy on Sunday night, but Eli didn't show any signs of being sick until Monday... he was coughing and fussy and not really himself. By Monday night, his cough was getting worse and he was up a few times when the coughing was so bad that it woke him up.

On Tuesday, I was starting to worry about the severity of the cough, so we went in for a sick visit at the pediatrician's office so the doctor could check his lungs (his breathing was very raspy from the congestion). Everything seemed fine that afternoon and the doctor said to call back if Eli's breathing seemed worse. But basically, it seemed like he just had a virus, maybe the flu. At the same time, I was battling a cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fatigue, etc.

By Tuesday night, things took a turn for the worse. We put Eli to bed at 7 p.m., but he was waking up every 2 hours, miserable from a deep, unproductive and painful-sounding cough. He had a lot of congestion and had trouble coughing in the right way to clear it. The night before, he woke up choking on his phlegm (sorry, I know that's gross), so I was nervous about that happening again. Each time that he woke up, I would feed him, calm him back down, and he'd go back to sleep.

However, by 3 a.m., he woke up very feverish and couldn't stop coughing the painful cough, which was upsetting and he was crying too. Each time that he coughed and then tried to breathe in, it sounded like a struggle and was very labored. I of course did not get a video of this, but I can't think of how to describe what this sounded like. It was just horrible. I woke up Ben and called the doctor's office so I could talk with the doctor that was on call that night. After hearing Eli's coughing/breathing over the phone, she recommended we take him to the emergency room.

At this point, we were still thinking Ben would go to work the next day, so I said I was fine to just take Eli so Ben could get some rest. I bundled my poor little guy up and we drove over to the hospital. They took his temperature - it was 102.1 - scary for a baby, so they gave him Tylenol to bring the fever down. He was also given a steroid shot to help open up his airway and then a nebulizer treatment (where liquid medicine is administered with compressed air via a tool that you hold in front of the mouth/nose, it looks like steam from a humidifier). Eli's breathing definitely sounded better and he fell asleep, but after about 45 minutes, his breathing started to get raspy and congested again. We did another nebulizer treatment and they decided to admit him to the pediatrics department so they could monitor him.

Throughout the day, Eli was poked, prodded, checked, connected to a machine that monitored his heart and oxygen rate, and none of this made him very happy! He tested positive for RSV and has croup. These are both viruses, so there really isn't an antibiotic or medicine that will make these go away. But his breathing seemed better by the end of the day, so we were finally able to go home. Ben stayed home from work, so he was able to be at the hospital throughout the day and helped a lot. We finally left the hospital around 5 p.m. and were SO happy to be home where Eli would be more comfortable (he barely napped at the hospital).

Last night, Eli had a much better night and woke up about every 3 hours to nurse, but I didn't care since he probably needed the extra fluids (during the day he ate every HOUR!! Crazy). Today he is still coughing a ton and under the weather (as am I), but there is definitely improvement. We'll go in to the pediatrician tomorrow to check his ears in case they become infected from the nasal drainage and to follow up on everything since the hospital.

Last night my parents brought us a delicious meal of pot roast, fruit salad, and homemade rolls. And they cleaned my kitchen! The Chamberlain girls from church stopped by to see if there was anything they could to do, which was so sweet and thoughtful of them - I was worried about spreading our germs though. A friend today just dropped off a yummy lunch and juice (thank you Katie!) We feel so blessed to have wonderful friends who have called and emailed - thanks for all of your love and care! I'm off to take a nap while Eli is sleeping...

Below is the awful crib in the room on the pediatrics floor - Eli hated it!!

10 comments:

Will & Natalie Giddens said...

Oh Sarah! What a terrible and scary story. You are a strong woman. I think I totally would've broken down crying at some point during that fiasco. And poor, poor Eli! I always feel so badly for my kids when they're little like that and can't breathe right. Here's to hoping you and your little man feel better ASAP!

Laura said...

It sounds like you've had quite the week! We can totally sympathize with every little bit of Eli's sick story (even the name!!) I can't even count the number of times we went to Evanston Hospital ER and had the SAME treatments. Both kids were admitted and had to sleep in those "cages"---so sad. Do you have your own nebulizer at home now? They're nice to have on hand once you know your child is prone to that sort of thing. Good luck getting some rest and recovering! :-) Spring is just around the corner, right?!?

Sarah Beck said...

Wow, Sarah, that's a horrible story! I sure hope Eli (and you) start feeling better soon. Curse this winter! I've had 2 friend's kid's who have gotten RSV. That's scary stuff.

Hillary said...

Oh, poor little guy. I'm so glad you guys have had a hard time being sick. It's no fun. And it's so hard to get any sleep when the baby is sick, and that's what you need the most. I'm so glad you've had friends and family to help you out.

Marci said...

Poor little guy! Neither of the girls have been that sick yet (knock on wood) - so scary! I'm glad you are both on the road to recovery now!

Mostess Mommy said...

Sarah and Eli and Ben, we are so sorry to hear about Eli! You were a trooper Sunday night to eat dinner with us, even though you weren't feeling well! Let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do!
Harkers

Anne's Little Life said...

Breathing problems are so scary. Last year at this time we ended up in the hospital with Ethan for the same thing and I've been a nervous nelly every time he gets a cough since then. I'm so glad Eli is doing better.

The Millers said...

Yikes! I wondered why it had been so long since you had posted anything. I am sorry about your scare, but so happy that Eli is back home and seems to be doing better. What a cute little guy, even when sick. Hope you feel better soon, also, Sarah. Love ya.

Eric & Jennie Blum said...

So little did we know when we were talking the other day that a few hours later you would be going through all of this. How terribly scary. I am so glad that he seems to be better - I hope you are too. When Rubie was sick and in the hospital, I had a terrible cold as well and I just cried the whole time. I couldn't help it with all of the hormones, feeling terrible and then she was just lying there being poked and prodded, like you said. I was so happy to hear about your family and cute friends coming over to your aid. It seems like you guys are the ones always doing that kind of stuff!

shontz said...

so so sad! no visit to the ER is fun, especially for your baby! i was in tears when i took brooke the first time! i'm so sorry eli has RSV! i do hope he gets better so so soon (and you too!) i'm hoping to soon post our recent trip to the hospital for an ear infection...not not fun. so i can empathize! it just adds to the winter blahs!