|This is Faith's mask for her bipap. The main tube is the forced air from the machine ad the little tube to the side is oxygen to help give her a little more help with her congestion.|
So we still needed one more thing for Faith, steroids. Well, our pediatrician had given us a prescription to be able to use it when Faith was in need. I thought before we head to the hospital, let's get the steroids and see how she does because at that point, I thought she sounded really bad when I listened with out stethoscope to her breathing which was very labored. In fact, I haven't seen her breathing that labored in quite some time so you can see why we were concerned. Jesi left to get the steroids and while she was gone, I hooked Faith up with her bipap and added the oxygen into the flow. Even with the forced air pressure from the bipap, she was still struggling which was definitely troubling. We gave her a bit of time to let the steroids work to shrink any swelling which began to happen. Faith then had a little coughing fit and began coughing out lots of junk. Suddenly she began to breath a little easier. I suctioned her out and got a whole lot more stuff. At this point we thought that we could make it through the night and decide in the morning. So Jesi spent the night taking care of her and got about 4 hours of sleep, but this morning Faith woke up looking around at things and people more like normal. She is still sick, but clearly far better in just a few hours. When I came down the stairs, I found Jesi and Faith both peacefully sleeping on the couch.
The pictures above are from this morning...I should have taken some last night so you could see the difference. We are quite grateful to have this medical equipment in our home. It is quite clear that with the right help these children can thrive, and we save our insurance company ridiculous amounts of money by avoiding the hospital. Our houspital is far more comfortable than the hospital...our own little PICU minus the intubation. By the way, all of our other children have been sick with this as well. Grace has probably been fighting it the longest and had it pretty rough.
|Faith laying on the couch working toward her recovery.|
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