Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Baby Has Bronchiolitis...

...and maybe RSV.

I brought him to the pediatrician (for the second Sunday in a row) because he had a rash. And while he seemed fine and happy, the doc was surprised to hear a wheeze when she listened to his chest. She'd recognized the rash immediately as viral, but she was as shocked as I was to find that he had bronchiolitis.

He's on Albuterol exery 4-6 hours (you can imagine how he loves the nebulizer), and he seems to be okay...but of course I'm checking on him every 45 minutes to make sure he's breathing normally.

Hopefully, it won't get any worse this. He's already high-risk for asthma; I'd rather not have another RSV situation like we had with his older brother.

While I'm sure I could take care of another asthmatic baby...I'd really rather not. One healthy kid would be nice.

My friend, the wise wife of a rabbi, once told me that I shouldn't ask why I was given a little boy who was so sick. She said I should look at it differently. It's a blessing, she said, that God gave us the tools, patience and love to care for a child as special as ours. Imagine if, with all his health problems, he'd been delivered to another family -- one without the caring and (frankly) the insurance coverage to look after him.

She's right, of course, and it is helpful to look at that way. We have wonderful, beautiful, and very special sons. And we'll do absolutely anything we have to to make sure they stay happy and healthy.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Just wanted to let you know that I've been checking in on your blog and thinking of you. I found you just when you were off dealing with the surgery, and wondered how you were doing.

Sorry to hear that the baby is sick too.