Last Monday night started out innocent enough. I fed and bathed the kids, and put everyone down. Dax had his typical runny nose, sporadic cough, and ear tugging- but he was happy as a lark.
This was him in the bathtub. He kept pointing to the faucet and saying "More. More. More." so I would turn the water back on. Look how high the water level got before he let me keep it off!
I began working on Sweetish Baby, and 2 hours later checked on him to find him breathing VERY rapidly and BURNING UP. I took his temperature- 104.4, and counted his breaths per minute (normal for his age is 40/min, he was at 70/min). I gave him a hefty dose of Tylenol, and contacted the on-call nurse. 30 minutes later his breathing was still in the 60s, and his fever was 104.6.
Nurse said get to the hospital. So at 11pm we were on our way.
|My miserable boy.|
|He was so hot and having trouble getting his fever down, they gave him this nifty little hospital gown with clowns all over it to wear instead of his jammies. I thought it was SO cute!|
|Obsessed with this stackable toy in the room. It played music each time a ring was placed on the pole- I think we played with it for 45 minutes. (This is after his 2nd dose of Tylenol kicked in! We're down to 102.1 here)|
|Not crazy about the toe oxygen monitor.|
|Feeling better and wrestling with Mom! We made a total scene in the waiting room laughing and screeching. You have a nice view of the chipped teeth in this picture, too.|
|I took this picture because my hair was in a slicked back bun when we got to the hospital- this is what he did to me, ha! There's shark tooth again....|
|Playing with the phone.|
He ended up with a pretty nasty sinus infection and ear infection (surprise!), that was spreading to his chest. The ER doctor put him on Amoxicillan- which is a total amateur antibiotic that didn't even work for Dax at 4 months old. I begged her to do something different, but she begged to differ.
They also suctioned his sinuses out. That was not fun.
Machines, high pressure, tubes, screaming baby boy.
|Pretty much pulled an all nighter on Monday, and on Tuesday we headed up to my classroom to get my room ready for a sub at 7am, then to Target pharmacy. |
Only to find we were an hour early to get any prescriptions filled!
Oh well, we shopped.
|We went home planning on resting all day-but I wasn't able to nap. Too much on my mind, I guess! |
I'm still exhausted and not recovered yet...
His bloodwork also came back. He shows no allergies (neither does Ada- yay!)- but his Vitamin D is low. So that's an easy thing to focus on.
He also has REALLY low IgG antibodies. That's an immune system thingamajig. He has some other low things that showed up, so Dr. Dickens officially diagnosed him with an immune deficiency. Transient Hypogammaglobulinemia in Infancy.
She said he will almost 100% grow out of - usually between the ages of 2-6. She also took a culture of his sinus to see if we can get a hold on what type of bacteria is invading this poor baby's respiratory system.
She thinks it's resistant to common antibiotics.
So now we have some more thinking to do about me working next year. Casey caved a few months ago and said the decision was mine. I decided to continue working- and have been excited about saving money, possibly buying a larger SUV, and enjoying the lifestyle that we currently have.
But now I'm not sure how responsible it would be to send Dax to daycare with an immune deficiency. I need to make a decision soon, so I will keep you all updated!
I'll be nervous about being a stay-at-home-Mom if that's what happens...
A little illness and immune deficiency can't keep this boy down, though! He's still running-and-gunning like usual. I thought these pictures were cute after bath time tonight-