Just a quick post to say that she looks better since yesterday evening. She has been happier and more playful. She is still pale looking but no episodes or spells since yesterday.
She had begun on Monday having these spells of retching, gagging or choking, whatever you call it. They were lasting a really long time and she was miserable. She was very tired falling asleep within an hour of waking. This is very unusual for her as she was getting hard to put down for her naps. My fear was that she was trying to do away with her naps. YIKES! I still need that down time in my day. She has had oxygen before when hospitalized but we have never used the oxygen here at home. On Monday we had to begin to use it most of the time. By Tuesday she was not doing better so her pediatrician ordered x-rays. We also discovered by using her pulse-ox that her saturation levels were dipping into the low 70's at times during the night. Basically from after midnight until about 6:00 a.m. They always came back up, but the doctor doesn't like these numbers. I really never learned what all of these things meant. The x-rays came back with a pneumonia, asthma or bronchitis and enlarged heart. They put her on a stronger antibiotic and she seems so much better today. I really thought the respiratory was fairly cleared up.
Some of this doesn't surprise me. I have been noticing how loud she has begun to snore. She has always been a noisy breather, but I think it had become better for a couple years. Maybe just the summer seemed to get worse. Her episodes of not breathing when she sleeps were getting much longer and then her gasping up waking was more noticeable than before. We will now see our cardiologist to check on this and probably get a base line exam with a pulmonologist.
We are going out of town early in the morning until late Sunday evening. I hate to leave her when she may not be well. She is not able to make this trip with us and I do not have an option to not go. I know I am leaving her in very good hands. Already tonight I have received a video and a picture message of how happy she is.
All this said, I am really praying that this is all due to the air quality that she has been exposed to since the storm. If all goes well we should be moving next week and hopefully will see her stablilze in this area, especially before the winter months hit. I will close with a picture of this precious happy little face!