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mrswhitecastle posted:
Hi all! How is everyone doing?

We aren't so good here right now. Emily has pneumonia. She started with a high fever last Saturday (103-104). I took her to the pedi Monday morning, and he diagnosed her based on how her lungs sounded. Well early afternoon, the thermometer was reading 105-106, and that was with Tylenol and Ibuprofen in her. I'll admit, I was worried. So, we were off to the ER. They gave her an IV with fluids and antibiotics, and a breathing treatment to help with the wheezing. A chest x-ray confirmed she had pneumonia in both lungs.

We are home with antibiotics and an inhaler. She did much better yesterday, but I don't like her looks today. Her fever is down, but she's throwing up and having a hard time even sitting up. Why do these things happen when the Pedi's office is closed????
Emily (8 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (6)
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deluxehd responded:
Oh, poor Emily! So sorry to hear that she isn't doing well. Just a thought but could she be reacting to something in the meds? I hope you can get things figured out and she is feeling better soon. Take care and sending positive thoughts.
Adult with food allergies and asthma.
 
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seeit2 responded:
Oh no! You must be worried. And it's true, it always does happen when the pedi is closed. I hope things are looking better today. That high fever must have been really scary.
Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
 
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crunk05177 responded:
I hope she is well by now? Poor girl....it's her time of the year, huh?
 
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mrswhitecastle replied to crunk05177's response:
Well, as it turns out, she still has pneumonia in both lungs.

Her temp spiked last night -- not too high, only 103. So, today I took her into the pedi. We have to go back on the inhaler schedule, and she has a different antibiotic she has to take longer this time.

He's thinking about sending her to a lung specialist. He asked if I wanted to, but after discussing her asthma/allergy doc, I think we are going to wait. She'll go for her annual checkup in a month or so, and I may bring it up then.
Emily (8 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (6)
 
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crunk05177 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
This is STILL going on? Poor baby, she must be miserable. A lung specialist may be a good idea. Not quite sure what they would be looking for but it couldn't hurt right?
 
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seeit2 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
That sucks that she is still so sick.
Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
 
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mrswhitecastle replied to seeit2's response:
Well, she still wasn't doing much better today, so I called the pedi. He sent us for another chest x-ray. Turns out, the double pneumonia is gone, but she has pneumonia in another part of her lung. So, 2 different pneumonias in 2 weeks. Lovely.

So, she is on 2 antibiotics, albuterol, and steroids. Plus, her regular every day Zyrtec and Singulair. It's so much fun keeping track of all of them! My kitchen countertop looks like a small pharmacy right now.

Once she is better, I think we will be seeing the pulmonologist. We have to figure out why she is getting pneumonia so often.



I know I post a lot about her being sick. As I look at all the meds she is taking right now, it does make me thankful that I have an overall healthy kid. She's worried about maybe having to get an IV or shot. I think of all the poor kids dealing with cancers, surgeries, and such more serious diseases and it makes me so thankful that our problems are only what they are. I guess I'm so tired, it's made me a bit sappy. So, let's just all hug our kids tight and be thankful for what we do have.
Emily (8 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (6)
 
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deluxehd replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
I don't have children but can only imagine how tough it is when they are sick and you don't know the cause or reason. And you may feel helpless at times.


We have struggled with my health for 6 years and as bad as I get, I also try to remember others who are worse off than me. And I am thankful for what we can do and what we have.


I hope Emily gets to feeling better soon and that they can determine the cause. You are doing a great job, keep it up.


Best wishes to you and your family.
God bless.
Debbie
Adult with food allergies and asthma.
 
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seeit2 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
I have sympathy for those suffering worse too, but when your own kid is sick it is scary and exhausting. I'm glad to hear you are pursuing the pulmonologist - hopefully you can get some more info about what is going on with her and keep it from happening again.
Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
 
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mrswhitecastle replied to seeit2's response:
We had to take her back to the ER this morning. They gave her an IV for fluids, antibiotics, something for nausea, and Pepcid. We came home with another prescription for Zantac. We will follow up with her pedi tomorrow.

While we were at the ER, we got a call from our adoption lawyer. Not good news.

I'm just so tired. I'm not sure how much I can take. I keep telling myself to take it one day at a time. "Just keep on, keeping on."
Emily (8 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (6)
 
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seeit2 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
{{hugs}}. Has reflux always been a problem? Is there a glitch with the adoption?
Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
 
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mrswhitecastle replied to seeit2's response:
There is a glitch. It definitely isn't going to go smoothly. DH and I may have to decide to walk away. Ugh.

I think our whole family needs to be under quarantine until Spring. The 2 year is now sick. She had a 104 fever in the night. Off to the pedi again! I swear, he has got to be sick of us by now!

Reflux was a big problem when Emily was a baby. She was on Zantac until she was 18 months old or so. I think she still occasionally has issues.

Our problem last Friday was considered an "altered mental state." She was very lethargic, and wouldn't respond to my questions. The ER docs thought it was a reaction to her meds. She is doing much better now, though. We just have to be really careful since she is on steroids. They say to avoid contact with anyone who is contagious. Hard to do when it's someone in the same household.

Anyway, thanks for listening to our on-going illness drama!
Emily (8 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (6)


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