I hate writing posts on this subject but last night Josie was admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties. Our little bald cherub was requiring more and more oxygen to maintain her saturation levels and she had developed a pretty severe retraction in her chest. In other words, she was working really hard to breathe and not really succeeding.
Her chest x-ray showed cloudiness in her lungs, particularly her right lung. At 4am this morning, the doctors concluded that the high-flow nasal cannula was not cutting it anymore and they moved her up to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and put her on CPAP.
Later this morning, she seemed to be quite spirited and active. During rounds, we learned that her chest x-ray had improved overnight and they decided to wean her CPAP a little bit. As the day progressed, she appeared to be on the mend. She was maintaining her oxygen saturations as the CPAP was gradually turned down. She proceeded to showcase her chromosomally enhanced flexibility.
Despite the short supply of smiles (hey - would you smile with that tube shoved down your snout?!), we concluded that her acrobatics meant that she was hanging in there and showing us there's certainly a fight in her!
If she continues to recover - and let's pray REALLY hard that she does - she may be able to go back to the high-flow nasal cannula tomorrow. While we're still awaiting results from her lab cultures, the physicians have told us that this is likely another respiratory virus - perhaps something as simple as a cold. The problem is that a minor illness that would give the average kid the sniffles, just steamrolls sweet little Josie.
Prayers are certainly appreciated as are suggestions for how to avoid germs during cold and flu season. Travis actually asked the doctor if we could get her fitted for a bubble! So if anyone knows any good bubble merchants, please let us know!