Emily was still wheezing today, so I took her into the pedi to be checked. He sent us for an x-ray, which gives us good news and bad news. Doesn't it always seem that way???
The good news: The antibiotics are working! The chest x-ray showed the pneumonia has cleared up. Just have to finish out the prednisolone and omniceff.
The bad news: The wheezing is due to asthma.
Fortunately, the albuterol is taking care of the wheezing I can hear with my naked ear.
The pedi switched her from QVar to Dulera (the inhaled steroid). We already have a follow up with the pulmonologist on the 28th. I need to make an appointment with her allergist ASAP. The pedi told us that he's done all he really can, he's going to have to hand us off the specialists now. He told us the next step is immunotherapy, aka allergy shots.
Tomorrow is a half day at school. The pedi wrote a note for no PE the rest of the week. Since her fever is gone, she's OK to go to school. Her main problem is she has NO energy. I'll take her to school tomorrow and talk with her teacher and the nurse. I figure even if she gets a couple of hours in, it's better than nothing. She has missed so much school this year already!
Well, I never thought I would be wishing, hoping, and praying that Emily "only" has asthma.
The nurse called us from school again yesterday, telling us that Emily's lungs and oxygen saturation were not good. Fortunately, we already had an appointment with the allergy and asthma doctor for that afternoon.
The allergy/asthma doctor does not think it's asthma. While it could be asthma, she thinks it much more likely Emily has some sort of immune deficiency, or auto immune disease. She extended the antibiotics for another 10 days, gave us a nasal spray, and sent us for blood work. We have to wait a week to get the blood results.
I'm on pins and needles here.
Deb -- I hope things are going well with your sister and brother in law.
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