…Joshua’s doing a lot better.
They admitted him because his breathing was fast and “labored.” Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as when we were here almost exactly one year ago. His oxygen levels were low at around 92-93 when we came in without oxygen, but again thankfully not like last time when they were 88-89.
They were really fast about getting Joshua back to get looked at and once they did, the doctor ordered breathing treatments for him. He had his first set in the ER and then another breathing treatment up on the peds floor this afternoon. After that, his breathing improved a lot and he seemed more like himself.
And then the steroids kicked in and he has turned into a little livewire – throwing things at me and screeching “No, want BLUE!” (he wanted a Blues Clues show, not Thomas the Train!) He is normally so laid back so its weird to see him become demanding. At least I know its the meds and will go away!
Right now, it’s 6:30 pm and the doctor said we need to let the residents check him one more time at 7:30 pm. We gave Joshua an inhaler treatment (a step down from the respiratory therapist’s nebulizer-type one) at 3:30 and even though, I’m confident Joshua is ok now and I wanted to bring him home 2 hours ago, the doctor insisted we wait 4 hours to see how he does. So we wait. And I have a bit of a headache from Joshua screaming “Woof, Woof!” and “Bow-wow” and “Blue!” and just singing at the top of his lungs to Blue’s Clues. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad to have this headache because it means he’s doing better! But if the doctor comes in and says we need to stay the night, I may have to throttle him/her! Because if he can screech this loudly, I think his lungs are ok. Granted, he’s still coughing here and there, but it’s more of a “normal” cough and not as concerning to me. Plus I do have an inhaler. But I digress.
So two other things:
Residents: Oh my goodness. God love ’em, I know they have to learn sometime, but I wish I could just tell them to go away sometimes. The first one who came in was pretty nice but he insisted on doing a thorough exam and thoroughly annoyed Joshua as a result. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like you should try to not make a person already breathing quickly breathe faster than necessary with unnecessary exams. But what do I know?
And just when I thought he was finished, he came back with a tongue depressor and his light and wanted to peer down Joshua’s throat. I said no. He said “Well I really need to finish.” I said “no.” Joshua isn’t going to cooperate, if his throat was a huge concern the experienced ER doc would have checked it, plus Joshua has an extremely sensitive gag reflux and I was saving both me and the resident from getting thrown up on all over. So you’re welcome for that. But anyways, I was kind of proud of myself for nicely but firmly standing up for my new little boy. I’m normally such a push-over so that’s why I’m excited about this ridiculous tiny thing. The resident wasn’t thrilled but that’s ok.
And the other thing: Joshua is enthralled with the table trays that hang over the bed. Oh my goodness, he was pleased as punch when they gave brought his meal tray with some cheerios and a bagel. He sat up and squealed “oooh!” and proceeded to very carefully eat his cereal (and then spill some on his bed.) He never gets to eat in bed at home so this is a pretty cool special thing. I’m glad there’s one thing that’s made him happier.
Okay as I’m typing this (extremely interrupted, but that’s ok), he’s bouncing all over and coughing more and starting to wheeze a little bit. Now see if I were at home, I’d give him his inhaler and he’d be ok. (THIS I can handle) but I’m afraid the doc will say he has to stay the night. I don’t think he needs to. He won’t sleep here, I won’t sleep here (but that doesn’t really matter) but he will get better quicker at home in his own bed. Not in some hospital. *Sigh* I’m just tired. Again I can’t imagine how parents do this for extended periods of time. I am pacing the walls and I’ve only been here for a few hours…
I did bring my camera so I have a few pictures, but of course I don’t have my camera cord, nor do I have a smartphone, so no pics in this post. I will put them up later..hopefully maybe tonight if we get home… I am praying!