Things that make you go hmmmm…
Wednesday March 3, 2010see more by jen
As of last December, I had never been to the E.R. in my life. Within three weeks, both girls made a trip there, including two rides in an ambulance. Another first for me. Thankfully they are both fine, but both events started with me saying to myself, “Hmmm….that seems a little weird” so I got to thinking about doing a post on the value of trusting your instincts because some times things are not so obvious!
In Emma’s first 3 years and 3 months she was sick maybe 2 or 3 times. Total. I remember reading in my Baby 411 book that most kids on average get something like 6-8 viruses a year, and I thought, well not my kid! She has an immune system of steel!
Fast forward to September of 2009 and her first year in preschool.
You moms with preschoolers and beyond will know what is coming next. BAM! I think in 6 months she has had about 6 viruses. Seemed like one after another for a long stretch there.
It was December and she had that really bad cold and cough. You know that wet hacking cough? The worst. That afternoon she was laying on the couch and I noticed when she took a breath, it was sucking in a little under her rib cage. She was not gasping for air or anything that would obviously alarm me, it was just this weird pull by the base of her throat and under her ribs. Her breathing sounded like she had a lot of phlegm in her throat. Turns out this was wheezing, but I had no idea at the time. I mentioned it to a fellow mommy friend that afternoon and she mentioned she might call on it.
She seemed to be doing okay, so I actually put her to bed that night, but something kept nagging at me. That “hmmm….” feeling. I kept thinking about her chest and how it seemed weird. Of course it is now 8pm at night and I think maybe I should call just in case.
I call the after hours line and talked to a CHOC nurse on call and described her symptoms. She told me the things to watch out for included sucking or pulling at the throat or ribs, which is called “labored breathing.” My heart started to race and I told her “I SAW THAT.” I had NO idea. She had me go wake her up and put the phone up to her mouth so she could hear her breathe. When she heard how she was breathing, she told me take her to the Urgent Care right away.
Four breathing treatments and a steroid shot later, she was still not responding well enough to be sent home. Next thing I know six paramedics show up to take us out on a gurney to ride in the ambulance to the CHOC hospital E.R. I am holding my poor little one on my lap with that breathing mask over her face thinking “how can this be happening??”
By the time we got to CHOC she was doing much better. They took a chest x-ray to make sure her lungs were clear and kept her there for a few hours just to make sure. She was sent home with a nebulizer (breathing treatment machine) and this mom was sent home with a case of paranoia. I couldn’t believe something I debated about calling on could have been so serious.
Unfortunately this was the start with our experience with her “reactive airways.” It could mean asthma or it could not. Not fun, but at least we know now what to do and how to handle it.
So, my advice to you mamas is to just trust your mommy gut instinct and if anything health-wise ever makes you go “hmmm…” just CALL!
I will do a “Things that make you go “hmmmm….Part II” next week with Morgan’s adventure to the E.R. and again back to CHOC. Way too long for one post!
By the way, after months of rotating colds and flus, our entire household is healthy now. Oh God, please don’t let me jinx it!!!!!!!