The first reason I'm starting this journal is to document my daughter, Lily's battle with RSV. I'm sure once I'm done with that, I'll have more to write. For those of you who don't already know me, here's some background. My name is JaeLynn, Jamie really but I prefer JaeLynn. I'm 24 and the SAHM to two beautiful girls. Taya Violet was born 9-18-01 and Lillian (Lily) Mae was born 3-6-03. I'm married to a wonderful man. Matthew is 27. We live in Ohio but are orginally from Wisconsin. That should be all the important stuff. Let's begin.
Monday, March 31, 2003(Which was the day Lily was due)
Lily was 3 and a half weeks old. She had been coughing and pausing her breathing. So, I decided to take her to the doctor. We had a 1 pm appt. I packed up Lily and Taya and went to the doctor. Matthew met us there. While we were there, the doctor was telling us that if Lily's coughing got worse or she started running a fever over 101 degrees we need to take her to the hospital. I then told him about the pauses in her breathing. Lily was cooperative enought to do it for him. The doctor decided to check her into the hospital for observation because he thought Lily might have apnea. He ordered an aersol treatment while we waited for everything to be set up.
Once we got out of there, Matthew and Taya ran home to pick up some things and Lily and I drove straight to the hospital. I could her coughing in the backseat every once and awhile. I was so scared that she would stop breathing. When we got to the hospital, I waited in the lobby area until Matthew and Taya got there. Then, we all headed up to the Peds unit to get checked in. They started to examine Lily and swabbed her for RSV. That came back positive. I was actually relieved that it was RSV and not apnea.
We got settled into a room and Lily got hooked up to a moniter that measured her hb, respitory rate and pulse ox (the amount of oxygen in her blood). The moniters were very annoying because they would alarm a lot if Lily would move. Matthew and Taya headed back home to get some stuff for me to be able to spend the night with Lily. Lily was also getting the aersol treatments every 4 hours.
That night everything was okay. Lily was nursing like normal. She was still coughing but everything seemed okay. One of the nurses even told me that a lot of newborns pause their breathing for short periods of time. And what I thought was a pause, was her breathing really shallowly.
The next morning, Dr. Hadaad decided to keep her another 24 hours to continue monitering her. After a night of sleeping on a hospital cot and having to actually get up to nurse Lily, I was not to happy but knew that we had to do what was best for Lily.
To be continued...