Sunday, January 02, 2005

christmas/new year

Ethan has slowly increased his eating and drinking. A couple of days before Christmas I decided it was time.....I took the tube out. He has managed to have enough oral intake that he has put on some weight and has grown. It is good to see him eat after all these months.

Ethan developed fevers Christmas eve but under no circumstance were we going to hospital. An executive decision was made and I increased his prophylactic antibiotic for a few days. Did the trick and Santa found him!

Today Ethan woke early and he appeared to be in a lot of pain. After some panadol and a cuddle he settled and slept until he woke in more pain. More panadol, this time he didn't settle. Another MMC admission.

On arrival he was still in a lot of pain, his oxygen levels were in the 60's, his heart rate 170, he was breathing high 40's with a lot of effort. There didn't appear to be any reason. His tummy was nice and soft to touch even though it looked bigger, his chest sounded clear and he didn't have a wheeze, he wasn't snotty or didn't have a cough etc. The doctor ordered blood tests, snot test, wee test and x rays.

The x ray showed some changes. Ventolin was given. After the ventolin Ethan was very wheezey. We were admitted with asthma. I don't know why he wasn't wheezey before the ventolin and the doctors couldn't explain it either but it has been seen before. The ventolin must help trigger something. He was having ventolin every 20mins. This made him pretty hyperactive!

After some steroids and more ventolin I asked to go home. I can give ventolin at home. They were OK with this. We have to go back on Tuesday for review and he is to have 4 hourly ventolin before then. If there are any problems we are to go back earlier.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that all were home to celebrate Christmas and that Santa found you all. It is good to hear that Ethan is putting on weight on his own. Hopefully this trip to hospital is just a little hic up and things will continue to go smoothly for you all in 2005.
Happy New Year.
from The Maxfield's

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news re all clear on the cancer front.

We would like to wish Ethan a very HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY for Jan 16. Give him a squeeze for us!!! Take Care will call you soon. Love Leesa & Mason
PS Great to see the kids having fun out and about....