Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Joey's First X-Rays

Today was a long and challenging day. We called the doctors office yesterday as Joey was not only fighing off a cough, but also seemed to have a bit of trouble breathing. The base nurse had a million questions for me to try to treat him over the phone as there were NO appointments available and she didn't really think it was bad enough to go to urgent care. We got him an appointment for 7:30am today. He was pretty bad when we called, worse this morning when he woke up and his chest was caving in as he breathed when we arrived at the base hospital to see the doctor. The hospital staff remained very calm, but we did NOT have to wait for anything and they pulled the doctor out from seeing another patient. After all the vitals and routine stuff they did a breathing treatment to see if the weezing would improve. It really didn't do too much and his blood oxygen was still very low so they started a second treatment with a different nurse who Joey evidently didn't like her method as this is when he got pissed off and started screaming. We only got half way throught the treatment because he was screaming so bad. The doctor came back and gave him his first dose of oral steriods (he has to take this 2x a day for 3 days) Then she had the nurse accompany us to X-Ray to check Joey's lungs. Good news here they looked all right and it's not pneumonia. She checked his ears, throat and the regular routine then said he also has an ear infection!!! All right now we are gonna get out the big guns to medicate him. They came back with a steriod shot of Rocefin (sp?). They split this into 2 injections for him and gave us the machine to do breathing treatments at home with him. His blood oxygen had to get above 95 before we could leave and when it did we were on our way. He will go back in the morning so the doctor can check on him. I am so proud of Eddie for enduring 3.5 hours of the base hospital and not getting into trouble and I thank God Alan is in school now so I didn't have to juggle all 3 of them!! Any prayers for Joey to recover quickly are greatly appreciated. They say he has Croup (sp?) and he should be fine in the very near future.