The Daughter Chronicles

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The plague house - update!

I mentioned last week that both the children were ill. Mia seems to have recovered, although her voice is still a bit gravelly, and Norah is slowly getting better. Here's the story.

Last Tuesday/Wednesday night was the breaking point. Norah did not sleep. She cried. She cried from about 10:30 at night until 4 in the morning. Krys tried everything to get her to sleep, including making me try. Nothing worked. At 4 she took Norah to the emergency room, but of course by the time she got there she was calm, so they took all the other kids first. At about 6:30 I called her and she said she was coming home. Later that morning I called the pediatrician and made an appointment for Norah.

She had an ear infection. Charming. Even worse (!), she had bronchialitis, which is also known by the ominous acronym RSV. This can lead quickly to pneumonia. So that was a bummer. We got some medication for her ear, and the doctor ordered a nebulizer for us to treat her lung problem.
We put saline solution in that little plastic cup and turn it on! Steam comes out and goes directly into her lungs! According to the doctor, it was fine if she just breathed in the saline solution without putting her mouth on the mouthpiece. So we've been holding it in front of her nose while she breathes in. She has gotten somewhat used to it, so it's not as annoying to do it as it was in the beginning, but we need to give her a treatment 4-5 times a day, so that gets a bit tedious. A treatment takes about 20 minutes, so it's hard getting her to sit still for that long. But it seems to be working.

She has slept much better since she went to the doctor, so that's nice. We're not sure when we have to stop - I keep forgetting to call the doctor and ask. Her ear infection medication is done this Saturday, and that seems to be gone, so we may be out of the woods.

Just another thing we can chalk up to Arizona's horrible weather. We have thick polluted air and it hasn't rained since October, so everything is just hanging in the atmosphere instead of being washed away. Allergies are getting worse. This place is poisonous. Yet people keep moving here with their kids. But that's a rant for another day and my other blog. Norah and Mia are feeling better. Not great, but better. Phew! Posted by Picasa


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