After 6 very long days our unexpected hospital stay ended last night. The doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists (who were amazing – I highly recommend Swedish Issaquah!) all decided that Eli could do the rest of his healing at home. Of course, they decided this at 8pm last night so we did a mad scramble to get out of there to be home in time to put Cody to bed. We didn’t tell him we were coming home (my mom knew though). We decided to FaceTime him (phone call with video) like we always did before bed to tell him good night. He told us what movie he was watching and we asked if we could watch it with him. He seemed confused until he realized we were standing right in front of him. The look on his face was priceless. Complete surprise and excitement. The first thing he said was, “Eli all better!” (he knew that was the condition to us coming home). Eli still has some recovering to do so our activities will continue to be limited until he is 100%. Have I mentioned how much I cannot wait for this cold and flu season to end?!? But thankfully we are all home – together – as a family. I think Chuck’s birthday wish came true this year!
Thank you all for your well wishes, prayers, love, and support. Thanks especially to my amazing mom (Nana). We could not have done this without her help. When I found out we had to go to the hospital she dropped everything to come over to “this side” of the mountains to care for Cody. We can never say thank you enough. We love you mom/nana!!!
Here’s a collage I put together of pictures taken during each day of our hospital stay. From the looks of it, Eli loved every minute of it!
xoxo Love, health, and happiness!!!
Well Eli’s first World Down Syndrome Day did not end how we envisioned. I took him to the pediatrician because he wasn’t eating well, had a horrendous cough, and I could hear a wheeze. From what I read online, a wheeze is never good. I was right. They tested his oxygen levels (which were low, especially when he was asleep) and tried an Albuterol treatment (to no avail). She said we needed to go right to the hospital for admission – she suspected he had RSV. A respiratory infection. Ugh.
We’ve been here for 3 days with what they have labeled Bronchiolitis, which is basically a viral infection that can be caused by a variety of different viruses. His oxygen sats keep dropping when he sleeps. We try taking him off any kind of assistance (oxygen or forced room air) and he does fine – until he falls asleep. Today they decided to do a chest X-ray to view his lungs. They also changed the way he’s getting air. They have switched him to a machine that is basically a toned down version of the CPAP. They are forcing a tiny bit of air into his lungs to help inflate them. We are really hoping this breathing treatment does the trick. We’re going on our 3rd night in the hospital. I know it could be worse but it’s just no fun. Next week is the hubby’s 40th birthday. I had a surprise party planned for him tonight (it’s no longer a surprise since I had to tell him about it yesterday after I canceled it) – total bummer. But most importantly, once again, my baby is sick and my family is separated. I am a much happier mommy with my family all together. Thankfully, Nana is taking wonderful care of Cody for us. ❤
So, here I am once again asking for prayers for our sweet boy. I know he’ll be ok and I know he’s in the best place to get better but I also know hospitals suck and we all just want to go home! Although, as usual, he’s stolen the hearts of all the nurses and doctors. I suspect they’d like him to stick around for awhile.
Apparently, he is much happier about staying in the hospital than mommy and daddy are.