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January 8, 2009

Vocabulary I never knew I’d know…

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

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2 Comments »

  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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