so off to the ER we went. P was acting even more like himself by this point. He ate some applesauce and was just jabbering away in the backseat. We got signed in and pretty much had enough time to run to the bathroom and then they were ready for us.
when we got back to the room there was like 3-4 different people doing different things to him. Had someone hooking of the blood oxygen monitor on his toe then taking a bum temp, 102.2. Someone getting his gown on. someone checking his ears and listening to his breathing. Someone prepping for a nasal cleaning (dont know the technical name) that was the worse for me though. oh, ER Dr veto'd the ear infection. but back to the nasal congesting. they had to stick a tiny suction tube down his nose. his arms had to be pinned above his head. they suctioned the back of his throat too. that was the worst! it made him gag and that previously spoken of applesauce resurfaced. not going to lie, I teared up doing this this. he just hated it so much. but it did help open him up and able to breath better. They gave him some meds for his fever and just kind of let him chill. They were so good to him though. The second he was on the bed they had cars playing on the tv for him. After they were done with the nasal thing they even brought him in some toys to entertain him.
So we had to do treatments every 4 hours all night! it was hard on me. P did okay even though it ended up waking him up every time. what a champ. This is the treatment, Bubbles the Fish. Hes not wearing it even though it looks like it, I'm just holding it.
The next day we had a follow up with the pediatrician. This is the main dr at the practice, the one previously in a new addition. This lady could tell just by looking at him that he was doing WAY better. stats were 28 bpm, 97 blood ox, and 98.6 temp. completely normal. its like nothing ever happened. she still has us doing breathing treatments a couple times a day and as needed. He has about a week left on his antibiotics for the pneumonia.
but P knows how to use the machine for breathing treatments. wednesday after we finished up and figured out how to turn on the machine. once he did that he held it up to his mouth and sat there. haha no meds were in it though.
don't report me to cps, he climbed in himself, I wasnt even in the room. but proof this kid is feeling better.
just in case you didnt notice from before, you can tell a health difference just by looking at his belly. left: in the ER, right: dr follow up.
honestly I cant believe any of this happened. I still feel horrible that I probably could have prevented all of this. well, alot of it anyway had I gone with my gut on monday that something was off. but I didnt know what I was looking for. I was in contact with my brother (er resident) and he helped me feel a little better. he said 100% of kids will have RSV by the time they are 3. no matter what. 100%. But P was a total BOSS through all of this. he bounced back like a champ too. Hes starting to fit the breathing treatments now, I think he finds them unnecessary because he feels so much better.