Monday, February 2, 2009

Katie's back in the hospital......







On Sunday, I took Katie to the ER at Mercer. She had been coughing for a day or two, but I didn't think much of it. But on Sunday, she was just NOT herself. She was running a fever, still coughing, somewhat lethargic, but what really caused me to bring her to the ER was the "rapid breathing" she was doing. It was very concerning to watch how quickly her chest was going up and down. I attempted to call the pediatrician, but after 30 minutes or so, I decided to just take her to the ER. Mommy instinct was RIGHT! Her O2 levels were in the low 80's, so she was definitely in need of some oxygen. The triage nurse even mentioned that her nostrils were flaring-a sign of Katie trying to get oxygen. The docs put her on O2, and things seemed to be ok. They did a RSV test and a chest x-ray. Results were RSV was positive and she did have right sided pneumonia. While Katie was still on O2, her O2 level dropped to the low 70's. At first the nurses thought it was just a "lead" problem, and tried on new leads and what not, but no, it stayed in the 70's. It was very scary to watch. I felt like I was reliving that November night back in 2006 when she crashed. After a very tense five minutes or so, the docs/nurses were able to get her #'s back up to an appropriate level. They proceeded to move us to a room closer to the nurse's station...............seems Katie is always doing something to get attention! :) I have to laugh b/c the ER nurse came to me afterwards and said, "She scared the SH*T out of me!" That is my Katie-ALWAYS keeping the nurses on their toes! :) After talking to the pediatrician, we decided it would be best if Katie was transported to CHOP. She is doing okay. She is still on O2, taking Orapred, breathing treatments every 2 hours........and we're still trying to keep her temperature down. Tom has stayed there the past two nights w/her........and Nick and I visited tonight. I miss my little girl.............I hope she comes home very very soon! :)

11 comments:

Misty said...

Ann, I will keep you & Katie in my prayers! How scary! I have been watching mine all weekend because of the coughing & runny nose and a bit of fever. It is so scary how fast it can turn!
big hugs & prayers your way!
Misty

Brandi said...

Katie girl... we are all thinking of you, wishing you well, and hoping you get better & come home soon!
Hang in there, Mom & Dad! :) Take care of you and please-- let me know if you need ANYTHING!
Sending you all a hug...

Sarah said...

Oh Annie! Poor Katie! Hopefully she'll be back home and causing mischief in no time! You look awesome by the way!

Denise Wheeler said...

Oh Anne, I am so sorry! Many prayers for Katie girl.

The Huling Family said...

Never a dull moment! Our prayers go out to Katie! Keep us posted.

Kim said...

Hi Ann,
I am so sorry to hear about Katie poor baby she has been through so much....I hope she is feeling better soon! Chop is a great hospital so she is in good hands.
I will keep her in my prayers.
Kim

Kim said...

Hi again Ann,
I forgot to say in my other post that you look wonderful!
Kim

MaryBeth said...

Praying for sweet Katie and the rest of you!!

Jill said...

You are in our prayers!! Please keep us posted on how she is doing. How much o2 is she on? I hope she fights this off fast and gets home to her brothers and sisters. I'm sure they miss her like crazy too!
Take care of yourself throug all of this!!

Heather said...

I'm a regular reader and a first time commenter. Of course, my thoughts and prayers go out to Katie and to the whole family but....that photo of you looks like you've lost half yourself! You look so thin! I hope its the healthy lifestyle and not the stress.

Dorinda said...

Oh no - that's awful! Alyssa was in the hospital two years ago with RSV and that was horrible I can only imagine how hard this is for you. We will be praying.