just another day in parent-dise…

January 8, 2009

Vocabulary I never knew I’d know…

Filed under: Carson,life,Uncategorized — Kaela Green @ 6:05 am


BBG-the name of the wall suction device that cleared the secretions.

Cap Refill-a small test that medical staff do on the nail to see how well the capillaries refill- a way to check how much oxygen they are getting.

Suction Catheter-a small tube about two inches long to suck out deep secretions that the BBG can’t reach-terrible to watch. ūüė¶

Pulse Ox- a little monitor the staff put on Carson’s foot to monitor heart rate and oxygen level.

Nasal Cannula- The little devise that goes into the nose to administer the oxygen.

Carson caught the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) which caused him to get bronchiolitis-a lung infection of the tiny tubes inside Carson’s lungs.¬† The airways become inflamed which makes it difficult to breathe.¬† They also become filled with fluid and mucus.¬† The virus also causes your body to produce massive amounts of mucus in your nose and throat, causing even more breathing problems.¬†

We knew Carson¬†was sick, but didn’t realize it had gotten so bad.¬† On Jan. 1 I called the after care nurse line and we counted how many times he breathed in a minute and we checked around his ribs to see how hard he was working to breathe-they said he was managing well and didn’t see any need to bring him in.¬†

The next day I took him into the doctor’s office to check to see how he was doing.¬† Lungs and ears were fine, and his oxygen level was 90%.¬† The doctor said he¬†had a cold and we’d just have to wait it out.¬†

Two nights later we had dinner with some friends, the wife has some medical background and she noticed his nail beds were looking blueish/grey.  However, at the time they were refilling fine.  When we got home, I called the after hour care again and this time they sent us in to Urgent Care. 

Carson and I left Sunday night to be seen at the Children’s Hospital location off Hwy 7 & I-25.¬† They scutioned him out using the deep suction and the BBG.¬† They took a chest x-ray and gave him a breathing treatment.¬† They also tested him for RSV and I was told to check the results the next day with my doctor’s office.¬† His oxygen level there was 95% and the x-ray was clear.¬† We were told that he did have bronchiolitis and to¬†continue using saline and the bulb syringe to extract the mucus.¬† We were sent home.¬†

I followed through the next day with my doctor’s office and we counted breaths again¬†this time¬†he was around 58/minute and the area around his ribs were pulling more than usual.¬† She had us come into the doc’s office and this time when he was eating, his oxygen levels were in the low 70’s.¬† The doctor started him on oxygen and sucked out his nose again.¬† Then we were on our way to the hospital in an ambulance.

Carson was monitored and suctioned every 3 hours or so.¬† He was kept on oxygen.¬† We were able to come home yesterday.¬† Carson’s still on oxygen, but his congestion is much better.¬† He also seems to be breathing much better.¬† We’ll go to the doctor’s for a check up tomorrow.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  We appreciate our family and friends so much.  We love you and are blessed by your love for us.




  1. That picture of Chris and Carson brought instant tears to my eyes! What a beautiful picture!
    You are a good mommy who stayed on top of the situation the entire time! Hugs to you!

    Comment by Colby — January 8, 2009 @ 7:46 am | Reply

  2. Oh my! Looking at your photos and vocabulary just brought back memories. My Jonas was in NICU for respiraory problems and was admitted at 3 months for high blood pressure. I can imagine what you all went through and my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your little one Carson.

    Comment by Stephanie — January 19, 2009 @ 4:45 am | Reply

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