Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I could stay awake...

Tuesday Nov 03, 2009

I could stay awake

Just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you're far away and dreaming
-Aerosmith, I don't wanna miss a thing

Nice, sweet romantic song, eh? No, for the last few nights we've been staying awake to hear Jay breathing, but it's not for any romantic notion that we just like watching his angelic little self sleep. It's because he is so congested that we're scared at any minute he'll stop breathing.

I mentioned a while back that he inherited my huge tonsils and that we'd be looking at surgery to remove them sooner rather than later. We were hoping said surgery (scheduled for next Tuesday ... ONE WEEK from today!) would help keep him from getting as sick during this winter's cold and flu season. We apparently missed our window of health for doing that. He started getting a cold in the middle of last week, and it just got worse as the weekend progressed. Then yesterday, he went to the doc and was diagnosed with bronchitis & croup. A steroid hit and some antibiotics - we're on our way back to good health, right? Apparently not so much.

He was really doing much worse this afternoon. I was home by myself with him, and his breathing became really labored. His fever spiked to 103, he was coughing constantly, and just couldn't catch his breath. Back to the doc ... then to another for chest x-rays ... and then off to the hospital for overnight observation. His 02 levels dropped pretty quickly, and given his history of heart problems, we felt it was better safe than sorry. Of course, just as soon as he hit the doors of the hospital, he seemed to be the picture of good health and was perking right back up. Why is it that the moment you walk in to a doctor's office or hospital, your kid (who moments before was on death's doorstep!) begins running around like a wild animal? Poor thing is just pitiful. I mean really, when I left the hospital, he and Derek were singing "Old MacDonald" while dancing on the bed. Jay had some potent IV antibiotics rolling in, and was busily using his new "glove" (the IV line is wrapped in major gauze/brace) to practice giving high 5's and knuckles. Next thing, he'll be banging it on the bars of the crib.

Because hospitals are breeding grounds for all kinds of germs, Derek and I decided it was best for me and the Cheeze Doodle to spend the night at home. Babe, I owe you one. Perhaps I'll make it up to you when we have a newborn who needs to be nursed in the middle of the night... every night. Maybe then we'll be even.

I don't know what to think. His breathing trouble this afternoon was really scary. And I would much rather him be there where he's under their care if he needs oxygen during the night or begins to have more serious problems. But I also wonder why a kid who is capable of dancing on the bed needs to be hospitalized. Auggghhh! I'm grateful that we don't have to stay awake, anxious and listening to him wheeze again tonight. And I pray that both of them get some rest. But most of all, I pray these stronger drugs kick in quickly and he's headed back home tomorrow.

Thanks to all our friends for keeping us in your thoughts & prayers!


Oh, poor Jay! I hope he is feeling better real soon!

On a lighter note... when I read the first sentence of the second paragraph, I read (keep in mind my slight dyslexia) "...that he inherited my huge nostrils..." and I had to just stop and think... "Jen doesn't have huge nostrils... does she??? She has such a cute slender nose... how could such a slender nose come with huge nostrils???"

So imagine my shock and surprise when I continued reading and learned that you were looking into SURGERY to REMOVE HIS NOSTRILS!!! What??? How will he breathe???

So - I reread, and quickly realized my mistake. I am so glad that you are going to keep his nostrils. I think it's the best decision.

Again - hope he is feeling better soon! I will say a little prayer. :-)

Posted by Ginger Nixon on November 04, 2009 at 11:06 AM EST #

Ginger, you are TOO much. You crack me up, and I seriously needed a laugh today. Thanks!

Posted by Jen on November 04, 2009 at 11:09 AM EST #

Ginger (whoever you are) you made my day,too!! That was a hilarious post and we all need that kind of belly laugh once in a while!! Jen, hope our little guy is doing better this morning. Can't wait to meet your friend Ginger, the stand-up!! Love, AJ

Posted by on November 04, 2009 at 11:43 AM EST #

Poor Fosters! I know it could not have been easy for you to leave your baby at the hospital! I'm so ready for everyone to be healthy!

Posted by Bethany Watkins on November 05, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST #

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