The Sickness & Prematurity Awareness

17 Nov

Last Friday I was sick. Like, stomach flu, call grandma down to take care of the kids because I can’t get out of bed, sick.

That lasted for about a day and then it turned into just a head cold.

And then Nolan got a runny nose (Saturday).

By Sunday morning the twins were sneezing.

On Sunday night we decided to go out to dinner in another city, we live at high altitude and had to go down the mountain. While on the way back up Lennon suddenly became hysterical and started SCREAMING that her ears hurt. Uh oh. We u-turned and headed down to Urgent Care. Yep. Double ear infection. Just on a whim we had E checked – one ear was infected.

Antibiotics were started that night.

On Monday I had to leave work early because Alex was starting to feel sick. When I got home the girls were watching cartoons. When I gave them a hug “hello” I noticed that Evy was “panting” rather than breathing and that her ribs were retracting. Uh oh.

I asked Alex if he had noticed that she was having a hard time breathing (she has asthma, both of the twins do but Evy’s is WAY worse – which is funny because she was always the better breather in the NICU). He said that he had given her a breathing treatment earlier and that it had helped. I gave her another one right then and it didn’t do much. So I gave her a steamy bath. No improvement. And by this time Lennon was starting to “pant” as well.

SO, we packed the kids up and headed down to the Emergency Room at about 8pm on Monday night.

I honestly thought they would give her a steroid shot and send us home.


Both girl’s 02 saturations were around 90 (Normal is 97-100, MAYBE a teeeny bit lower if you are really sick. Prolonged low saturations can cause brain damage.). They ended up giving both girls a dose of steroids, a gigantic shot of antibiotics in the thigh, and 5 (yes FIVE) breathing treatments. Lennon’s 02 finally went up to 95 at about 5:30am but Evy’s was stubbornly sticking around 91. Crap.

So they admitted her, gave breathing treatments every 2 hours, and put her on “blow by” oxygen (which means they put oxygen on at high concentration and just pointed it towards her face rather than strapping anything to her which she would then just claw off anyway).

By Tuesday night she was ready to come home.

I had to take Lennon in yesterday to get her 02 re-checked. It was at 95 but she was wheezing badly and so they almost admitted her then, but she improved after yet another breathing treatment (which we had been doing throughout the night at home as well) so she’s gotten to stay home thus far.

So last night everyone was finally at home. Breathing treatments for the twins every four hours around the clock, monster doses of antibiotics, steroids and various other goodies.

They said it was pneumonia. I am shocked that it came on that fast!

Nolan, thus far, seems fine. Just a cold.

Just a cold for me as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens when my newly-transplanted husband comes down with it.

Since November is Prematurity Awareness month I wanted to use this moment to point out that this was just a common cold. My 38 weeker has it and he is fine. Snot-nosed but still in high spirits and causing trouble. My 30 weekers, on the other hand, got knocked on their asses.

This is the life of a preemie. A chest-cold (something most kids get TONS of and it hardly slows them down) can kill them. And my kids are in great health for preemies.


6 Responses to “The Sickness & Prematurity Awareness”

  1. MFA Mama November 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Ugh…when I saw that video you uploaded of Evy breathing my heart sank…poor babies! I’m glad they’re doing better now and yeah, it’s scary how fast pneumonia can come on in little kids. I’m betting Alex will be fine, just because he’s so ornery 🙂 Hotter usually weathers illnesses better than those of us WITH fully-functional immune systems around here.

  2. Ashley November 18, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    OMG how scary. I’m glad the meds are working. When Ava was born, they thought she had pneumonia. She took a giant gulp of fluid when they pulled her out (csection). She was whisked away for 6 hours for antibiotics and chest xrays. It was awful. Thankfully, she was fine. I hope you all feel better soon and the hubby does NOT get sick.

  3. Bean November 18, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    UGH indeed. I’m so sorry for the kiddos and you! I hope everyone is feeling better very soon!

  4. Michell November 19, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    So sorry that everyone has been sick and that the girls have been in the hospital. I hope you’re all feeling better soon and any further hospital stays are avoided.
    You’re so right about the preemie awareness. Something so simple for most kids can be so much worse for them.

  5. Tammy November 21, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Oh my gosh! Wow. I’m so sorry about all you’ve been through. The poor kids and poor you. I hope Alex doesn’t come down with it. Keep us posted. (((HUGS)))

  6. Chelle November 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Oh my gosh! It is no wonder you are a worrier. I would be too. The smallest things knock your little girls on their butts. Poor little things. 😦 I hope that their health continues to improve and that you don’t have to take any more trips to the ER, Instacare, or hospital. Gads girl, are you on some anti-anxiety meds? If not, I am amazed that you are able to hold it together at all. You’re amazing.

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