Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pneumonia Update

The "supershot" of anitbiotics last night apparently kicked the fever and improved Viking #2's overall wellness. (He slept thru the night for the most part so he got some rest.) And, while his color has improved (so no pulse ox re-test), he's still wheezing and "gurgle-ly". But, the pediatrician was unclear if it was "the crud" (thus viral and likely a cold) or bacterial (thus pneumonia) so off to the lab for a chest x-ray.

Have you ever seen the thing they put babies in for chest x-rays? Good Lord Almighty! It looks like something out of a torture chamber! LOL The poor tech mentioned she had been called several un-repeatedable names doing this x-ray but assured me he would be just fine. She "enclosed" him in this hard plastic tube that forced his arms over his head and had him "sitting" on this bicycle-seat-looking thing and all this is in a frame of sorts to take the picture. My boy is SO brave - the tech said he was the first one that she could remember that didn't make a peep! Not one tear...even when I had to leave the room!

X-rays back to the ped who determines that if it was "the crud" she'd see problems "all over" his lungs from congestion but that Vikings #2's films only has infiltrates (could they call them something else for Pete's sake?! I DON'T LIKE that word!) in the lower corner of his left lung...so it's bacterial and "slight" pneumonia.

So, off to Walgreens for a 10 day regiment of antibiotics and we're home...Thanks for your prayers. I'm positive that's part of the reason he's so much better today!


Lisa said...

I know exactly what you're talking about! We've done that one too!!! But Wyatt cried, so the pictures weren't very good! Aren't antibiotics a gift??? Hoping and praying for sleep and health at your home!!

lady of value said...

Hey Beth, we are on penicillin around here too, only my kids have strep! Did they give you a nebulizer for your wee one? When my daughter had walking pneumonia last year, it was awesome, helped knock it right out of her!

Unashamed said...

Hey. Been following your "adventures" the last couple of days. Heard the other one came home sick as well. Having two wee ones sick at the same time...well, let's just say I'm glad those days are gone. But my heart is with you - and my prayers, of course! I hope the antibiotics do their work quickly. Take care.

Debbie said...

Yes, Beth, praying for you and them. I know you have your hands full.

Amanda had to get her arm x-rayed when she was 3 and that was traumatic! We had to hold her down. It took her father and I and a nurse. Just awful!!

Denise said...

Hope the antibiotics work very quickly, keeping your sweet family in my prayers.

Laurel Wreath said...

Yi,Yi,Yi....poor little guy. I hope this really works and you guys are back to normal. Hang in there!!