Friday, December 09, 2005

Baby's all better...we beat the RSV

Thanksgiving week was nothing short of a nightmare. At 35 weeks pregnant, my husband and I were up giving nebulizer treatments around the clock -every three hours- to keep #2 son out of the hospital. We alternated between Xopenex and DuoNeb for a few days before switching to Xop only. And of course, there was the Orapred.

But we beat it. After a full week of treatments, we avoided pneumonia and kicked the RSV. Thank God. He's on Flovent 44 daily now, but he seems to be healthy again.

(Of course, he's got a nose full of yellow snot again as of yesterday, but hopefully it's just a cold.)

On another note....sorry I've been so lame about posting. I'm a little preoccupied with the pregnancy, and I've got a TON of work to do before the baby gets here. This must be the way working women nest...instead of cleaning the house, I'm determined to get all my projects done by 12/15. DETERMINED. If I have to work around the clock until them, I'll get those projects done, damnit!

And there will be NO RSV in my house when that little newborn comes home, so help me...


infoquest said...

My daughter 3 1/2 months was diagnosed with RSV, they admitted her to the hospital right away, we stayed for four days until we were discharged. We were told to use pulmicort all winter long twice a day.

She does not have asthma, can anyone tell me if that sounds right, steroids all winter b/c of past RSV?

Aimee said...

Often, a child with RSV bad enough to require hospitalization will be considered pre-asthmatic. This diagnosis of "Reactive Airway(s) Disease" is a good thing -- it means your doctors will be especially vigilant about keeping your child healthy. RSV can cause pretty serious damage to the respiratory system, making it "tricky," as my peds. pulmonologist likes to say. The Pulmicort is aggressive, but it will help keep your daughter's respiratory system healthier through the winter -- and hopefully prevent her from becoming asthmatic.

Good luck. If you're concerned about the steroids, definitely take your baby to a pediatric pulmonologist or asthma/allergy specialist.

Thanks for posting!