Here’s the Deal-e-o

The reason JD is on the Nebulizer treatments is because the RSV caused a condition known as Bronchiolitis.  I never mentioned it before because I hadn’t had a chance to really look into what it was.  It’s not totally uncommon in children of his age.  The main concern the doctor has now is to watch him for asthma later in life.

“Kids who have had bronchiolitis may be more likely to develop asthma later in life, but it’s unclear whether the illness causes or triggers asthma, or whether children who eventually develop asthma were simply more prone to developing bronchiolitis as infants. Studies are being done to clarify the relationship between bronchiolitis and the later development of asthma.”

He was at a higher risk for getting it and for it having complications because he was a preemie, we live with other children, and one of those children goes to school.  That being said.  I trust our doctors, it has been suggested a couple times that we take him to a pulmonary specialist, but since our doctor doesn’t feel like that is necessary yet I’m trusting him.  It’s a $40 copay that we just don’t have right now.  It’s not just about the money however, I believe he just isn’t at that point and I pray he wont get there.  Our doctor has already been very aggressive with the nebulizer treatments and they call daily to see how JD is doing.

If he were to be hospitalized they would be doing almost the exact same thing I’m doing here at home.  We have been following all the orders the doctors have given us and I think it’s helping.  If I felt it was not I’d be the first to demand they admit JD.  He’s far too precious to us.  On main reason he doesn’t need to be hospitalized is because they continue to check his oxygen levels and even with the restricted breathing and wheezing he is managing to keep those levels up high.

On a side note, we have decided to cancel his first birthday party this Saturday.  We have yet to set a time for a new one but I will keep you all posted. We decided that even if JD happened to be 100% better by then, mommy and daddy are worn ragged and the entire house will need a good disinfecting (again) as soon as he’s all better.


6 thoughts on “Here’s the Deal-e-o

  1. kiddo had bronchiolitis, too, but hers was triggered by my ex smoking. *bad word* i hope his recovery is speedy and that he has no long-lasting problems from it (she didn’t)

  2. As I read this I was going “yup, yup, yup, yup”. I agree 100% with you (and with Will!) and that’s what the drs told us 13 yrs ago too. Gib probably had more wheezing with some colds that the other kids didn’t but the Albuteral did the trick. A couple times I took him in for treatments and he was fine. Just follow your instincts…you know your kid best.

  3. You guys are awesome parents and it sucks you’ve had to go through so much for your little guy! I’m so glad he’s such a happy kid. Just let us know when the party is so we can help celebrate his life with you!

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