This really came out of no where. Marino had a runny nose and cough on Wednesday, but nothing that seemed severe. Thursday morning he was cranky with the same symptoms, but no fever and the cough seemed to be from post nasal drip. I got a call from daycare around 4:30pm that Marino was coughing incessantly and wasn't responding to breathing treatments. When I got to daycare, he was having constant chest retractions (his chest was caving in with each breathe). With all of our prior issues, I'd never seen him have chest retractions before, so I called our pediatrician and took him straight to the ER from daycare.
Luckily, the hospital was very responsive and within minutes we had a respiratory therapist and a team of doctors and nurses helping. They did a chest x-ray, flu test, a RSV test, a white cell count and several nebulizer treatments. He responded to each of the breathing treatments, but only for a few minutes, then he went right back to the chest retractions. The chest x-ray showed pneumonia, so we were admitted. They're doing breathing treatments every 2 hours, IV steroids and antibiotics. His oxygen is also low, so they are trying to give him oxygen, but, um, have you ever tried putting a nasal canula on a 15 month old? Not so easy.
Updates tomorrow. Thoughts and prayers requested.