Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sick Day, Take 2

Today we took our second sick day in less than a week. And not just because we had so much fun the last time. Marino started coughing more and wheezing on Sunday so I decided I had to take him to the doctor (fearing RSV) even though I felt a little neurotic. She agreed that he was sounding worse so she gave him a nebulizer treatment which improved his airways a lot. Essentially he has "bronchitis" but she said they no longer use that term and just refer to it as inflammation of the airways. So, in the short term at least, he'll need to use a nebulizer with albuterol and pulmicort every 6 hours. We have always been aware that asthma was a possibility since he had underdeveloped lungs at birth (he also has ezcema, which is an early indicator of asthma) but its too soon to know if this is what he has now or if its the result of a virus.

He hated the breathing treatment in the doctor's office but when I did at home, he was laughing and watching the mist. Hopefully, the interest in it will continue.

Luckily, since Marino goes to a daycare for medically fragile children and they have nurses on staff, he can still go to daycare, since they can administer the treatments there. We got back to the doctor on Thursday to see how he sounds. Thankfully, he is still in his usual high spirits.

Sorry no cute pictures today - we've had no good photo ops in the past couple of days.

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