Boy…I am so overdue with my blog entries!!! I am going to start with the present with our eventful weekend and work backwards:)
Well….we went on a four night, five day stay at Chippenham Hospital. This was unexpected and totally out of the blue. It all started last Wednesday when Addisan developed a tickle in her throat. I contributed it to allergies since our windows were open and seasonal allergies are not unusual for her. This continued until Friday afternoon. My happy girl was not singing, dancing. wearing her tu–tus, and enjoying her favorite lunch (pizza) with two of her favorite people…Justin and Lexi from next door. Then when she fell asleep two hours earlier than her regular nap time, I knew something was up. I confirmed my hunch when she threw up. I was thinking that it might be the flu. I decided to let her continue with her nap and reassess when she woke up. When she got up, you could see her chest cave in severely when she breathed. I thought we had another case of RSV, but I was sadly mistaken.
When we got to the pediatrician’s office, we only had half an hour to spare before it closed. She was talking the doctor’s and nurse’s ears off. You could not tell she was sick. The nap totally rejuvenated her. To make a long story short, they tested her for strep and it was positive. Then they proceeded to test her oxygen levels and they were really….REALLY low….toxic low. Her readings were in the low 80s (as oppose to the norm being 95 or higher) and both the nurse and the doctor kept on retesting her because the levels did not match her energy and enthusiasm. They decided to send us to the pediatric ER at Chippenham for x-rays and further evaluation.
Before I went to the ER, I dropped Campbell off with Popeye and picked up Ju–Ju to go with us. I was so impressed with the ER! We were diagnosed with pneumonia, had x-rays, and two breathing treatments within the first hour of our arrival. Up home, we never could have received such rapid care. By 11:00 that night we were in her hospital room where we would be spending the next couple of nights. We had such awesome doctors and nurses. Addisan was a trooper and took her meds and IVs with ease. The only thing she truly hated was the oxygen in her nose. One night, it took me, Tommy, and two nurses to hold her down to tape it on her cheeks in order for her to keep it on. This girl’s threshold for pain never ceases to surprise me. She is such a tough cookie!