A Long Evening in the ER

Yesterday Addison woke up with a low grade fever.  Throughout the day we went to a trunk or treat and a Fall Festival.  She seemed a little sluggish but wanted to still be out and about.  After her nap she was sluggish but insisted we go to a Halloween party that we were invited to.  I asked her a million times if she wanted to stay home and she said “No, go to party.”  Once we got to the party she went down hill fast.  She had a barking cough, felt very warm and just wanted to be held.  She wouldn’t talk and would occasionally whisper a couple words.  After being at the party for an hour we decided to leave.  On the way home she started wheezing, coughing and vomited.  We took her to the urgent care which has late hours during the week but unfortunately once we arrived we noticed that they close earlier on the weekends.  We then headed to the hospital.  She was short of breath and wheezing really badly.  

Once we arrived at the ER they took her temperature and it was 102.  She was lethargic and not speaking.  They quickly escorted us to a room and had a respiratory therapist come and give her a breathing treatment.  They tested her for RSV and the flu.  Those both came back negative.  They gave her tylenol for the fever and we waited to see if her fever would go down and see if her breathing was improving.  After a couple hours she started wheezing again.  They sent her for chest x-rays because the Dr thought it could be the onset of pneumonia.  Her fever went down to 101 but she still felt very warm.  Repiratory came again and did another breathing treatment and gave her a dose of prednisone to open her airways.  Almost 6 hours later at 2am we were discharged to go home with a diagnosis of croup/bronchospasm.

We are now to continue breathing treatments at home, 5 days worth of steroids and an antibiotic to prevent pneumonia.  

Brian was extremely worried when they were testing her for pneumonia because just a week ago a lady he works with lost her 5 year old daughter to pneumonia.  She went to bed and never woke up.  Such a tragedy.  Needless to say we are closely monitoring Addison’s symptoms.

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