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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

RSV has hit!

I meant to finish my last post and publish it almost a week ago, but just when you think your life can't get any crazier, it does! I apologize for the pictures below. They are not very good quality, and were taken with my phone, but you get the idea...

After Brady tested positive for RSV last Monday, we were pretty certain that everyone would end up with it. Brady was a trooper the entire time he was sick, and got over it with a few breathing treatments. By Wednesday, Sophie had all the symptoms, followed by Max on Thursday, and Emme on Friday. All weekend we have struggled with getting the girls to take fluids, and Sophie seemed to be having issues with her breathing, so Sunday evening James and I headed to the E.R. with both girls.

When we got to the E.R., both girls' oxygen levels were good (Sophie-94% & Emme 96%). Neither of the girls had taken more than about 4-5 ounces of fluid in the last 48 hours, and Emme was very lethargic. After several tests, we found out the girls had RSV(who would've thought)! Sophie's oxygen levels dropped to 88% while she was asleep, so she was admitted to the hospital. Poor Emme had to be poked 7 different times before the nurses were able to get an IV in her! Since she was so dehydrated, and wouldn't take any fluids orally, they admitted her as well. Emme's oxygen levels dropped below 90% Sunday night, so both girls have been on oxygen for the past 3 days.

Luckily my mom, and grandma came down to help late Sunday afternoon, so they stayed at home with the boys while James and I stayed with the girls. Our poor girls have been so sick! I think James and I got a total of 15-20 minutes of the sleep Sunday night because both girls were so uncomfortable and wanted to be held all night. The pediatric floor isn't set up with oxygen for two kids in a room, so they each have their own room.

James' dad came down yesterday morning to help out, so my mom and grandma could head back home. James stayed at home with boys last night, while Papa and I stayed with the girls.

Sophie started feeling a little bit better yesterday, but is still struggling to get off oxygen. Poor Emme has had some really rough days. RSV has hit her like a ton of bricks! She was extremely lethargic yesterday, and pretty much slept the entire day in her crib! Today, she seems to be feeling a bit better, but is still exhausted. Sophie started taking some formula today in her bottle, but we are still struggling with Emme. I did finally get her to take a little over an ounce of pedialyte tonight, so hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Nana came down today, so that she and Papa could stay with the boys tonight, while James and I stay with the girls. I had never really thought about what a nightmare a hospital stay would be for us as a family. The logistics of this are insane. It takes an army to help at home, while being here at the hospital for our sweet girls!

Although this has been an extremely exhausting ordeal, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! We are hoping that both girls can come home tomorrow, however, they would both have to be off oxygen for at least 12-24 hours, which isn't looking too likely for poor Sophie, who is still on oxygen tonight. Both girls would also have to start drinking enough that they won't become dehydrated once being discharged. They have a ways to go yet, but we're hoping they won't have to stay more than one more night if that!

If you get a chance, please say a prayer for our family's health! We have been battling sickness for about 6 weeks now, and are really ready for a break! :-) Also, please pray that I do not catch anything. Somehow I have managed to stay healthy through all of my family's sickness!

Here are some pictures from our hospital stay...Poor Emme was exhausted after 7 attemps to put an IV in her!
Sophie snuggling with Daddy!
Emme
First time Emme had been awake for more than 10 minutes(yesterday).
Yesterday was the turning point where Sophie started to feel better!
Sophie reading stories with Papa in hopes that she would go to bed!
Sophie thought Daddy's hat was pretty funny!
I have never been so glad to see Emme's smiling face!
Daddy cuddling with his girls!
While trying to wean the girls from their oxygen, we were able to have them in the same room!
Starting to feel better!

2 comments:

  1. Hope everyone starts to get better soon.Its not fun when you have 4 sick kids at that age. I bet everyone can't wait till this cold/flu/RSV season is over. Mommy is sick at the moment with the flu, hopefully the kids don't catch it.

    The McCleary Quads

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  2. Wow, every mom of a preemie(s) cringes at the thought of RSV.. I think it would be sooo hard to go through- having to see your babies staying at the hospital again and how yucky they feel.
    Really, this makes me so mad at some insurance companies! If RSV does this to a baby then they should have been qualified for shots! Even if they are over 1 yr old!!! GRR.. I bet they are wishing they let you get the shots now!
    Sorry for the rant! and sorry you are going through this. I hope they are all better asap!

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