A little about me:

I'm 32 & married to the most amazing man, Eddie who is 30. I have a 14 year old daughter from a previous relationship (although Eddie has been her Dad since she was 6). I was 17 when I had her. Eddie and I were married in November 2012 and are now expecting a son in October 2014! We had a bit of a journey for one year trying to conceive our son - I'm sure that someday I will share all of our trials, but for now I'm just going to bask in the joy that we are able to have a child!
It has been 14 years since I have experienced pregnancy and raising a baby so it kind of feels like the first time all over again.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Eddie

Our little Eddie (Cinco), has been so sick since his one year check up in September. He was given quite a few shots (I think 5) and a flu shot.
I also stopped nursing him around this same time because I found out I was pregnant with our other little baby.
I have taken him to the doctor probably 10 times in the last few months because he has been wheezing and having a hard time breathing. He also has a cough, runny nose, congestion and most recently a high fever. I think he also had an ear infection during that time.
He has been through 3 rounds of antibiotics, steroids and breathing treatments. Nothing has made him better. The breathing treatments are a bandaid. I finally on November 20th asked for a chest X-ray and he was diagnosed with reactive airway disease (asthma).
It is very frustrating being brushed off and not listened to.
One thing I've learned is that mothers and fathers know their children better than anyone. You have to be their advocate and ask for things to be done otherwise they will keep giving you dumb explanations for why your child is acting a certain way.
Saturday night (12/12), Eddie called me to tell me that Cinco had a fever. I was told by a pediatrician that if he got a fever he needed to be seen right away because it could mean pneumonia. So at 9:30 at night we rushed him to the ER.
They did a chest X-ray and didn't find anything too worrisome, so they sent us home with antibiotics. 
Fast forward to the next day and Cinco was acting lethargic in the afternoon. He came over to me and just slumped on to me. I thought it was so weird. I took his temperature and it was 105.7.
We took him back to the ER and they began treating him for high fever and did another chest X-ray. They decided that he had a viral infection on top of his asthma. They decided to give him two shots of antibiotics, a breathing treatment and ibuprofen. Thank goodness it worked so he didn't need to be admitted.
He was sent home with a low fever of 100 and was doing great. :)

The next day I took him for his follow up with his pediatrician.
She knows him and knows all that he's been through in the last three months. She was concerned because his fever was rising again and he had a fast heart rate and puss on his tonsils. She decided to send us to Children's hospital.
To make a long story short we didn't get any new answers from children's.
Cinco has been doing great one hour and then the next he is struggling to breathe. When we went to children's he was doing awesome and they couldn't hear any wheezing. It's frustrating because this morning he's having a hard time breathing again. So much so that when I just took him to Safeway with me a woman said something about him having a hard time breathing. (I had just given him his max dose of his inhaler before we went into the store). All I could say was "I know, I just gave him a breathing treatment"... I felt like crap.
I just want to cry. I just want him better.
Actually, I do cry. A lot. 

I know it could be a lot worse, but this is the worst my baby has been.
I don't even really know why I'm sharing this. I guess so I don't forget and if my next baby has this I will remember what we went through.

So, where do we go from here?
We have a follow up tomorrow morning with his pediatrician and I'm going to ask for referrals to a couple specialists. 
If his asthma is this bad I need to learn how to control it and help him. I want to know what triggers it for him and how we can avoid those things.
We want our baby better!