Last week Bridgie had a runny nose and a cough...pretty much what everyone at day care had. I wasn't really that concerned until her cough became so harsh on her that it sounded like she was Gasping for air. It was almost as if she couldn't breathe properly. Of course I second guessed myself on taking her in, but I did decide I would make a same day appointment at the Peds clinic for Friday.
Friday I made the appointment for 3 in the afternoon, around 10 I got a courtesy call that Bridgette had a 100.2 fever...and they wanted me to know I may need to come get her. When I went to get her for her doctor appointment they staff was telling me how bad her cough had gotten and she really seemed to be struggling. That really helped validate my concern , cause I feel that there is this stereotype that parents are very needy with sick kids. I didn't want to be THAT parent.
When Bridgie went into triage they hooked her little toe to the oxygen reader and her oxygen levels where very low (low 70s high 60s) it was bouncing around there for awhile and the nurse asked me to hold her over my shoulder to see if it would get better....well low and behold it did...but it would go down also. Anyways the number eventually hit 100 and the nurse was satisfied.
When speaking with the Doc she said well her oxygen is 100 so that doesn't seem to be a issue. I asked her if i needed to carry bridgie around on my shoulder all night , if i shouldn't set her down because her oxygen levels were only up when she was over my shoulder. The doctor decided to do another reading....well we did and it was in the 70s and high 60s again. They decided to do a saline cleanse to see if it was the runny nose that was causing her struggle. Well that didn't work...they hooked her up to straight oxygen...that didn't help then they did steroids that didn't help..they gave her abuterol...then she fell asleep....her numbers started dropping even lower. so we woke her up, it was as if laying down and sleeping were really the concern. we did a couple more rounds of saline and oxygen but nothing was changing It was closing time for Peds so they called the acute care clinic and we hooked little miss bridgie to the oxygen and walked down to the acute care.
SIDE NOTE: During all of this my personal phone had died (literally right after I posted the foot picture) I had no contact numbers on me and I couldn't get ahold of my husband on my work phone. So lets just say I was panicking like crazy on the inside. I text guinn that we would be at acute care and he text back in a panic...My mom called while I was walking down (how she got my work number I have no idea) but I couldn't talk cause we were walking and I was holding bridgie lets just say I think that's when the panic on the outside took place.
We got to acute care and instantly 6 men in uniform surround us. They were trying to force Bridgette to wear the oxygen mask they had and she was just not having it..she was screaming and crying . They were asking me questions. (I am sitting there thinking stop touching my kid....omg buster is still at home probably peeing and pooping inside...I have 12 oz of breast milk in my car...where is my husband?). The color of Bridgies skin started to change and I think that is when they made they call.
Bridgie and I got in the ambulance, they strapped my down while I held her. I was frantically texting my husband to meet us at the ER. He called me and was explaining that his motorcycle broke down and he was going to try to get a ride. Bridgie was struggling in the ambulance and they put her on oxygen and were monitoring her. It was seriously so scary! My sister called while I was in the ambulance but I couldn't talk cause I could barely hear anything.
When I got to the ER we walked Bridgie in and put her on oxygen . It only took a few minutes and the steroids kicked in and it was a entirely different baby! She started smiling and laughing it was a miracle!! Or modern medicine really:) My husband came rushing into the ER and was soaking we (he had laid his bike down on the rush here...he was fine then cause of adrenaline but he felt it the next day). They asked a million questions and we got a X-Ray done on her chest. They tested for RSV and said they didn't see any signs of phenomia . They diagnosed her with bronchospasm and a upper respiratory infection, sending us home with steroids and a inhaler.
She had a follow up appointment on Monday and her oxygen levels were wonderful not 100 consistently but in the 80s-90s! I'm very happy shes feeling better and I am very happy that we survived our first hospital trip. The test results haven't come in yet so hopefully nothing changes but the Peds doctor said she looks great and should be fine:) I am really glad that I was "that parent" because who would of known what would of happened if I hadn't taken her in? I am very happy and blessed to see her doing better.
It truly was the most heartbreaking thing seeing my daughter struggle to breathe and I was not able to do anything to help her! I know the post is all jumbled but It is what it is.
Have you ever been scared to be "that mom"?
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