This week has not started out like we wanted. Brooke started coughing and had a runny nose again. We just finished the antibiotic last Thursday from the last illness, a sinus infection. This has been going on since she had RSV in March. About every two weeks we are taking her to the doctor with some kind of coughing illness. So off to the doctor we went again yesterday afternoon.
We sat in the waiting room for an hour before we were called back. I was very thankful Joel could take Bailey because I was having a hard enough time keeping one toddler calm and entertained. We went to a room right after they weighed Brooke. She is 25 1/2 lbs now. BIG GIRL!! In the room Brooke calmed down because she could move around, which I do not allow in the waiting room.
The doctor came in pretty quickly. He put on Mickey Mouse for Brooke to watch while he examined her. I have never seen a doctor do that but it certainly made things easier.
After his exam he told us he thought she had Walking Pneumonia. We had to get a chest x-ray to confirm but he was pretty sure that’s what it was. So Brooke and I went to the hospital to get the x-ray.
I am so glad that the doctor put stat because she was the first on the list. I know everyone hates waiting but waiting with a toddler is horrible. We went back as soon as we finished registration. The radiologist warned me about this machine before we started. Even warnings did not prepare me for this. She had to be in her diaper only. They put her on this table-like top with a hole in the center and a bicycle seat. Her legs went through the hole and she sat on the bicycle seat. They raised her arms above her head and closed two clear doors around her which kept her from moving.
Brooke instantly started screaming and I felt completely helpless. All I wanted was for the x-rays to be taken and for me to hold her. They took one image and I could see it on the screen. Her right lung was majority white and her left was black. I know from my own x-ray experiences that black means oxygen and white is not good. So I knew that she had the pneumonia. I wanted to cry right then but I couldn’t. She needed mommy so I had to keep it together.
|This is an example from imgur.com. Brooke was not this calm.
I tried to get her dressed as fast as I could so we could get out of there. Of courses when you are in a hurry nothing goes fast enough. We finally got out of there and I held her tight all the way to the car. She calmed down as soon as we left the room but I was still upset. All I kept thinking about was getting her home.
As I drove home I started to think about my 20 month old having pneumonia. I was completely thrown off because the girls stay home with me. We do not attend play groups often and are rarely in public. So how did my baby get walking pneumonia?
When I got home Joel and I did some searching on the internet. We decided that it had to be because of the RSV. She had RSV two months ago!!! So then we began to panic a bit. Did she still have RSV and us not know it? Did RSV weaken her immune system so much that she caught this? Has she had pneumonia for a few months now and the doctors missed it? Now that we have had time to think about it, we believe that her immune system was still weak and that she caught another virus which led to this. Of course we probably will never know why she has it. We return tomorrow to the doctor for a follow up. I hate when my babies are sick but having a horrible illness like pneumonia or RSV is really tough to deal with. You feel completely helpless when it comes to helping them feel better. I am praying that this goes away soon.
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