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.” kidshealth.org
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.