It's been awhile since the blog was updated and that's because we've been busy...in the hospital. On Tuesday night, Josie started to demonstrate signs of respiratory distress. By Wednesday morning, we decided we'd rather be safe than sorry and we took her to the hospital where she was admitted immediately. While this episode was not nearly as severe as past episodes have been, Josie's breathing trouble is always taken very seriously because history tells us the situation can decline rapidly.
She doesn't look that miserable, does she? Maybe she takes after her Aunt Leanne who really enjoys being hospitalized. She says "Free Food! Room Service! Cute boys! I don't want to go home!"
The pulmonologist concluded that Josie's lungs looked "wet" in her xray and judging by her rapid weight gain over the past few weeks, she was retaining fluid around her heart and lungs which was causing the breathing difficulty. She was immediately started on IV Lasix so she could flush out as much fluid as possible and the situation turned around pretty quickly. Her highest oxygen requirement was 3/4L which is not bad. She didn't need high-flow cannula or CPAP or a trip to the PICU (thank God!) so we feel very fortunate.
I look very pleased in this photo because Josie enthusiastically took 1 ounce from the bottle which is a big deal for her!
We told Josie she better hurry up and recover because otherwise, Aunt Leanne wouldn't be able to come visit this weekend. Hearing that, Josie snapped right out of it and we headed home on Friday night with a little boost of supplementary oxygen.
Aunt Leanne helps Josie get into her pj's
Aunt Leanne was so excited to love on her little "Catfish with Ketchup" and Josie was equally excited to see Aunt Leanne. We are having a little early Christmas celebration and gift exchange complete with a prime rib dinner this evening! We'll keep the photos of the Dynamic Downs Duo coming!
Josie loves her Aunt Leanne