Saturday, September 5, 2009
ER Trip #2
Mary Ella woke up with a little congestion on Wednesday morning. Nothing out of the ordinary; just a runny nose. I have learned over the past year not to freak out over the sniffles so I wasn't worried. We did the usual - humidifier, saline drops, suction, elevated the head of her bed - and she seemed to feel fine. She wasn't irritable, was sleeping fine and eating like her usual self. Friday I worked so Mary Ella stayed with Chad's mom. When I picked her up that afternoon I noticed she was coughing a little more than she had been, and it sounded like some of the congestion had moved to her chest. I knew I wouldn't make it to the pediatrician's office with the Labor Day beach traffic so we went on home. I thought I'd watch her and try to wait it out until Tuesday. I tried listening to her with my stethoscope but she wouldn't let me; she kept grabbing it and would whine or wimper every time I tried to listen to her. So finally I put her to bed around 10:00 or so and when she was good and asleep I listened to her lungs; her breaths sounds were definitely decreased on the left side, she was VERY course sounding and even had a teeny bit of a wheeze on the left side too. So I knew that I couldn't let her sleep with that going on, because all the fluid would just sit there (she doesn't cough when she is sleeping sound, so I knew it'd be sitting on her lungs all night.) So I told Chad we were going to the Emergency Room, and we loaded up and got there around 12:30 am. Nothing like a midnight road trip. They took us straight back despite the full waiting room (thank you God!) and the doctor listened to her lungs and confirmed what I had been hearing at home. They decided to try a breathing treatment since she had never wheezed before and it seemed to help. So they sent her home with a prescription for Albuterol treatments every 6 hours for a couple days. We will see our pediatrician Tuesday for a follow up appointment. Pray for my sweet girl!