Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pneumonia for the princess

Lots of respiratory crap in our house right now. Funny thing is, none of its viral, and Jax is the only one not affected, except that he still has thick, nasty junk!
I let the boys take turns sleeping in my bed when Ray is gone. When Tanner was sleeping with me, I noticed that he wheezes all night long. I took him to my ped, and his asthma and allergies are out of control! She put him on back to back doses of antibiotics for his sinuses, and steroids. Carter is a week off steroids, and wheezing like crazy as well. Ped says the cats have to go! She told me about a study where 50 % of people who have never had asthma, developed it after living with cats. With our family asthma history, the cats are just adding to the problems. So far Tanner doesn't seem too concerned about his kitties leaving, but we'll see when they actually go!

The princess has had fevers the last couple days. Nothing extremely high, and she acts fine. I actually wouldn't have even taken her in if my ped hadn't called me to tell me she was going to be out next week (I know, how am I going to leave this lady??) She wanted her checked for a UTI, something I'm not used to with boys. The only time Jax had UTI's was in the dirty hospital. She checked her from head to toe. Ears were fine, throat was fine. I mentioned that maybe she aspirated, because she did fail her swallow study miserably. And after a chest x-ray, a big, beautiful pneumonia in her lungs! Even though she is not having respiratory problems with this, we can't let her aspirate. It reminded me of a couple other times she had fevers that went away on their own. These were probably pneumonia's as well. And even in the orphanage she was in the sick room for a while with fevers. We are doing another swallow study next Wednesday, but I fear we are heading towards a g-tube. I'm not sure what we'll do, she eats so well, I hate to take that away from her, but she even aspirated on honey thick liquids last time. That doesn't leave us with a lot she can take by mouth.
Suck!!
This girl loves to eat!!


Uhh, maybe this isn't the greatest thing to eat!

19 comments:

Kristin said...

Dirt - gotta love it :)

Scrappy quilter said...

So, so cute. I hope she doesn't need a tube, I really do. Hope everyone is quickly on the mend. Hugs

Not a Perfect Mom said...

haha! I totally would have taken pics of the kids eating dirt too!
We had cats, before we had kids-Eric was on two allergy pills and 2 asthma meds...as soon as we got rid of them and cleaned the apt completely of dander, nothing! sucks...
and Blake is super allergic to cats too, my mom has a couple, and if I don't drug him up he's a wheezing coughing mess within 30 minutes

G-Zell said...

That is too funny! All my kids ate dirt.... TOO CUTE!

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

LOVE+dirt! I am loving the pix! sorry to hear little miss is sick! we are loving the the greek yogurt! maybe she could suck some of that if you thin it out a bit! Happy Easter smiles

Becca said...

Oh, no, I hope she doesn't need the tube, either!!! :-( Sweet, sweet girl, even with dirt all over her face. :-) :-)

Tiffany said...

Too cute! Hope there are some other options before getting a feeding tube. Will be praying the pnemonia goes away and all the other respiratory junk.

Michelle said...

Everyone has said, it, but dang that girl is adorably cute!

Colleen said...

Those pictures too funny! I hope she's on the mend soon with the pneumonia and that you don't have to go with the G-tube.

suelmayer said...

She's even cute eating dirt!

Team Carter Jay said...

Awwww. So cute!

My name is Sarah said...

Arina, What are you doing girlfriend?!!! You are not supposed to eat dirt. Hope you feel better soon.

Alison said...

So sorry to hear she is sick. That would be such a shame if she wasn't allowed to eat.

I LOVE the dirt eating photos!!

The VW's said...

Arina, you silly girl! You are so ADORABLE!!!

So sorry about the pneumonia! I hope it clears up soon! It makes me so sad that she might not be able to eat by mouth anymore! I hope it doesn't come to this! Or that, at least, she'll be able to eat solids.

CFMama said...

Yummy, dirt. I hope she is feeling better very soon. Pneumonia is not fun at all.

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Sorry to hear the princess has pnuemonia! She's a tough little cookie though, isn't she!!!! Love the dirt pictures! HOpe she can keep eating! And not surprised about the cats. . . I'm allergic and had terrible asthma growing up until I lived cat-free for the first time. I had NO IDEA how good I could feel!!!!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

What is it with our little girls aspirating?!?! It's so frustrating! I hope that she gets better quickly and that there is some other option besides a g-tube!

Melissa said...

I love the dirt eating pictures!

Ugh on the aspiration. Not fun! I was hoping you'd be able to avoid the g-tube...

Anonymous said...

Try something called VitalStim. It may help pass the swallow study and provide a long term solution.
-Michele :)