Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pneumonia

Pneumonia has hit our house again. A few days ago Luke's nose became runny again. My husband and Cody had both had a slight cold earlier in the week, so I figured it was Luke's turn. But again, it's not unusual for Luke to have a congested/runny nose. That's just how it has been for him since he was a few weeks old. Tuesday night he started a mild dry cough. Nothing major - just an occasional cough. Within 30 minutes of waking up Wednesday his breathing was very ragged, and he was coughing a lot. I didn't want to over-react, so I called my best friend who is a nurse in the ER. Told her what all was going on, she listened to him over the phone, and she said she'd take him in. During on conversation he went downhill a bit more - refused to eat breakfast, and started this constant whine. It was the same sound he made the first time he had pneumonia, so that was the deciding factor for me.

By the time we got into the doctor's office his breathing was very rough. The nurses were concerned as soon as we came in. The NP listened to him, watched him breathe without his shirt on, and decided he needed a breathing treatment. She mentioned at that point that he may need to go to the ER.

The breathing treatment did great, so they sent us on our way with an order for a Xray, and 4 prescriptions (2 breathing treatments, antibiotic and steroid). The xray wasn't much fun, but it went quick. Once we were home he sounded even worse, so I gave him his 2 prescriptions. He fell asleep sitting up on the couch, which is really unlike him. Watching him sleep was scary for me - he was so pale, and his breathing was so hard. When he exhaled it rocked his whole body. The NP called at 5pm to tell me that he did have pneumonia, and upped his meds a bit.

Thankfully he's sounding much better today. Still has an occasional cough, and is still a little ragged sounding. But not nearly as bad as he did yesterday.

So now I'm left with, why does he keep getting this? It's the 3rd time he has had it since Nov 2009. Of course reading online just makes things more confusing - reflux can be a cause. "Atopic" child is another one. Food allergies apparently can play a part. So my hope is that we will be able to figure out what the cause is, and soon, so that he won't have to go through it again.

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