My son Tyler was the one who brought the RSV virus home in February. Shortly after his symptoms began, my daughter Emily started to sound congested and began wheezing. I immediately brought both of them to our family doctor. He took a sample of their mucous discharge from their nostrils and tested it for RSV. The test was positive. Tyler was fine within ten days, Emily needed to be on the nebulizer for a very brief period. Bryce at this point was only three months old. He wouldn’t be as lucky as the other children.
I was concerned, yet I felt
that he wasn’t at high risk considering I had experienced no complications
during my pregnancy, he was full-term, and eight pounds when he was born. Bryce’s
symptoms began as a cold. When I brought him to the doctor, he immediately admitted
him into the hospital. His oxygen levels were reading at about 85 percent. His
doctor put him on an IV drip to keep him hydrated and then placed him in an
oxygen tent. The respitory therapist was administering albuterol through a nebulizer
every two hours. This went on for three days. At this point he seemed to be
responding well, he was beginning to take his bottle again, and his oxygen levels
were back up in the high nineties. We were then discharged from the hospital.
He was to continue on the nebulizer every two hours and come back to see his
doctor in five days.
When we arrived at Danville,
he was examined and put on a low dose steroid, they continued with the albuterol
every two hours, and they suctioned the mucous out of his throat and nostrils
every couple of hours. He spent four days there. When we were discharged this
time, he was much better. The doctors told me that it would take approximately
three years for his bronchial tubes to rebuild themselves. They were absolutely
right. Bryce is now four years old and has only in last year not needed to be
on the nebulizer every time he gets a cold. Prior to this year, every time he
had cold symptoms he would need to be put on albuterol and pediapred to get
his bronchial tubes open. In this past year Bryce has only needed to use his
nebulizer twice. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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