Illness, part 2
I know I’m not the world’s most natural/homeopathic/herbal person out there, but I try. That said, even though I am doctor and medicine avoidant, both for myself and for my kids, I’m really glad for them when they’re necessary.
I took Wesley and Fiala to the doctor this morning. I’m taking Audrey later this afternoon.
The good news is that Fiala, who has RSV, is recovering nicely. The ear infection that the doc said she had on Tuesday has cleared up beautifully on its own, no antibiotics needed. She is still needing pulmicort and albuterol through an SVN machine twice a day, but at least she’s not in the hospital. They took her pulse-ox, and it was at 96%. That’s good, for a 3 month old baby with RSV.
Wesley, on the other hand… not so good. He has had a “bad cold,” which is surely also RSV, for the past week, but only ran a low-grade temp, and only needing albuterol breathing treatments about once a day. But… on Wednesday, his ear began to hurt. My husband and I have been putting colloidal silver drops in his ears since Wednesday, and for us, that usually does the trick. Not this time. He was crying in pain this morning… and continued doing so all morning. He has two badly infected ears. I filled the antibiotic prescription. The good news is that, according to Walgreen’s, he hasn’t been on antibiotics since 10/07, so I guess that’s pretty good. More bad news, though, is that Wesley’s pulse-ox was at 93%. Not good. They gave him a breathing treatment there. Though we have an SVN machine here at home, the doc said, “If his pulse-ox is below 95%, I want to do a treatment here, then we’ll test him again to see how well he’s responding to the treatments.” That was reasonable. It shot up to 98%. Great. But… they want him on pulmicort, too (which is an inhaled steroid). The doctor also wants him on Singulair just until the cold months are over and Wesley’s winter bouts with asthma subside, to be started AFTER his 10-14 bout of Pulmicort.
Pulmicort is a steroid, but since it’s inhaled, it doesn’t go (as) systemic as pills. Singulair is not a steroid, either. I’m not a fan of medication at all, but at least the doctor listened to our insistence that Wes not be on a long-term, systemic steroid prescription. It’ll be for a couple months, tops. The pharmacist (who was fantastic, and talked to me for a good 20 minutes, never making me feel like I was taking up too much of his time) said that about 5% of kids have abnormal emotional outburst responses to Singulair. Also, have you seen the commercials that have a disclaimer about Singulair increasing asthma-related deaths? That’s because people administer Singulair when an asthma attack starts, which is incorrect use. It’s to be taken once a day, and doesn’t force open airways like albuterol.
NOW… I have to run and get things ready to take Audrey to the doc. She started running a high fever again. She’s been on-and-off sick since Saturday. 😦 She’ll improve, and I’ll think, “She doesn’t need the doctor.” Then, she crashes again. After a week, my husband decided that enough was enough, and we need to take her.
This has been the worst two weeks for illness for my kids in at least the last two years.
PLUS, tonight is the first practice for the two big boys. (Martin is coming home early so he can take them while I take the girls with me to the doctor’s.) Lost in the shuffle of sick kids, etc., is the fact that Grant made it onto the Minor leagues with Ethan, so they’re both on the same baseball team. Fantastic. Baseball is one of those things I sort-of dread, because it consumes SO MUCH time. But, it’s good for the boys, and they love it, and it creates good memories. It just wears me out.