Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nebu-Lily

As of Thursday, the colds I mentioned the babies having in my last post were still not better. Well, Charlie's seemed better, but Lily's cough had gotten worse - deeper and more frequent. So on Thursday I called the pediatrician and made an appointment to bring both babies in to be checked. I am lucky enough to usually have plenty of help available when I need it, however on this particular day all my usual helpers were either sick, stuck at work or at the Phillies game. I was able to recruit good old Uncle John - he was also going to the Phillies game that afternoon but was able to meet me at the pediatrician before he left. So John and I brought the babies in to see the doctor. Charlie checked out just fine, but the doctor heard some wheezing when he listened to Lily, and also a little rattling in her left lung. He set her up with a nebulizer treatment, after which he said she sounded clearer. He prescribed nebulizer treatments for Lily every four hours she was awake, but to be on the safe side he also wanted me to take her for a chest x-ray to rule out anything more serious, like pneumonia.

At this point John had to head out for the Phillies, so I went solo with the babies to the radiology place. I was doing great until the tech informed me that Charlie was not allowed to come into the x-ray room with Lily and I. After a brief moment of panic, I relented and took the receptionist up on her offer to sit Charlie (in his car seat) behind the counter with her and keep an eye on him. Lily was an angel during her x-ray, and we were out and back to Charlie in no time. Charlie didn't seem to mind me leaving him for a few minutes - when I got back to him he was happily grinning at the four women who had gathered around to admire him. He's such a flirt!

Lily's x-rays came back clear, which is good news! I brought her back to the pediatrician today for a re-check and he said her lungs sounded better. Her nebulizer treatments have been cut back to twice a day, and can be discontinued completely on Monday. This may disappoint our Bug, who really seems to love the nebulizer! Lily's lungs are clearing up, but the doctor found what may be the start of an ear infection in her left ear. He gave me a prescription and told me to fill it on Monday if she still has a lot of congestion. Hopefully Lily won't need it, but I'm glad we have it just in case! Thankfully though, Lily remains her goofy, happy self despite being under the weather. On Thursday the nurse at the pediatrician's office even remarked on what a "happy little sick baby" Lily was. :) Oh - and both babies had some kind of growth spurt in the past week. Charlie weighed in at 17 lbs even, up 7 ounces from last week, and Lily was 16 lbs 8 oz, up 10 ounces!

As if Thursday wasn't busy enough, when I got home from our doctor's appointment I got a call from the Honda dealership letting me know that my Odyssey was in! Joe came home from work and helped get the babies their dinner, then he headed back out to pick up my new ride! For the first time I did the babies' bath/bottle/bedtime routine alone, and am proud to say it went perfectly ;) And when I was done, I had a shiny new van waiting for me to take for a spin. I LOVE the Odyssey, and the babies seem to like it too. I'll post some pics in the next post!

Lily sits happily for the entire 10 minutes on her nebulizer, and afterwards is usually goofy and super happy. Maybe I should take a whiff...
Bath time! Charlie loves a good soak in the tub (and he recently found his feet!).
Princess Lily, waiting for her bath to be drawn. Don't you love that expression?
Grandma is so funny! I wonder what she's promising them now...

13 comments:

JoLynn said...

Leave it to the girl to be a trooper when she's feeling under the weather! Yea!

I can't believe Charlie and my Adam weigh the same! Adam just turned one 2 weeks ago!

The kids look great...

another mama said...

I have to say I'm always very thankful for the nebulizer. It works wonders. If the ear infection has started you'll most likely have to fill the prescription - it seems like preemies get ear infections more easily than other kiddos. In spite of this I'm very thankful that antibiotics will clear them right on up. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

The nebulizer treatments will definitely help... Keep smiling pumpkins - I love those chubby babies... I can't wait to find out what Grandmom promised... I'm sure it'll be fun... :)

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxoxo

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Eve Schneider said...

Always such a joy to see new pics and stories here. On my favorites list is your space here. The babies pictures are very entertaining and the picture lines under them are worthy of their own book. You and Joe are great !

Mrs Schneider (Greece, NY)

The Mommy said...

Glad to hear that the nebulizer treatments are helping! Three of my kids have been on them at least once. They don't enjoy them nearly as much as Lily seems to, though! You are much more of a trooper than I am. I freaked when our youngest (now 11 months) was diagnosed with wheezing. Of course, our family history points toward a potential asthmatic, though. :(

Good luck! And we've had an Odyssey since I was 7 months pregnant with our second (we now have 4) and I still like it. It was a HUGE change for me (I used to drive a Pontiac Sunfire - 2 doors) and I took to calling it the Space Shuttle, but it has been sanity-saving more than once!

Anonymous said...

Hope they're feeling better! I think we've all taken pictures of the kids with the nebulizers, although I don't remember ever having had them when I was a kid! :) Enjoy the ODYSSEY. It's supposed to be a great van. Also, great job, Brooke, on keeping your cool in the radiology dept. It can be overwhelming, and you handles it beautifully!

Cheryl

Jenn said...

I love how happy they are. I don't know how you do it Brooke but you do a fabulous job with those babies.

Brooke said...

Aw...thank you, Jenn :)

Anonymous said...

Both my babies have had to do the nebulizer treatments. We ended up buying a portable machine because it seems like when they get a cold it goes to their chest and we know to start on the treatments. My two year old sits on the couch and holds it himself "I do it momma".

They are so sweet. I just love Charlie's little smile!

Amber said...

OMG! They're doing so well! My 34 week 11 month old weighs only 17 lbs 9 oz...he's gonna get passed!

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