Monday, January 21, 2013

Plenty of meds to mend

The boys had a rough night last night. Brady was up either coughing or snoring really loud and Jax was either coughing and gagging or whimpering. I was up every 3 hours or so trying to soothe one or both of them, checking Jax's tubing, giving breathing treatments or giving medicine.

The boys both got up with some decent spunk this morning, so that was nice. They both had low-grade fevers, but not true fevers. Jax seemed to perk up with all the fluid he got overnight and even drank some of his formula for breakfast and lunch today keeping it all down.

I took both the boys to the doctor late morning, and walked out with a bunch of prescriptions, oy. Even just after an hour of Albuterol, the doc could hear slight wheezing in Jax's lungs and his pulse ox was around 95/96. Of course that concerned her, so she's starting Jax on Prednisolone (a liquid steroid) to put through his tube for the next five days. Pairing that with Albuterol every 4 hours and his preventative Flovent twice a day, it will hopefully keep this kiddo out of the hospital.

Brady had some major thick mucus going on up in his sinus' and the back of his throat. He has fluid in his ears again too. Since he's had this slight cough for a few weeks and it REALLY ramped up with his struggles at night, he's been given a strong antibiotic to fight a sinus/adenoid infection. The doc gave me some probiotics to help with the side affects. She wanted to give him something stronger than what he used last Nov and Dec for the same problems.

I also had the doctor look at Brady's legs since his skin has developed some different looking eczema over the past month. The doctor said that it wasn't his eczema, but rather 'Molluscum Contagiosum' which is very common in children with eczema since their skin is itchy and they're more susceptible. They are small raised pearl like bumps from the pox family that will go away on their own, but we need to put his eczema cream on him every day instead of with just baths every other night. Apparently it's contagious, so we need to keep Brady's legs covered and not allow the boys to share towels (they don't anyway) - but I wonder if they can keep bathing together... I didn't ask that. And the boys always wrestle right after their bath before fully dressed, so we'll have to figure out how to make them stop doing that. Hmm.
Ohhh Brady and his skin issues...  the doctor said that children with skin issues typically have asthma issues. So my boys are always the exception since one has one issue and the other with another, although Jax's lung issues stem from not having enough blood flow during development, so in theory, he wouldn't have had these lung issues if there was never a knotted umbilical cord.
I do think that the boys are truly each other's ying to their yang though. Jax is Brady's voice and Brady is Jax's muscle. (how did I get so off topic here??)

Jason moved his flight from early this morning to this evening to make sure the boys were stable. After the night we had last night, I don't think he could've made a 7am plane if he wanted to! I assume the boys and I will be fine tonight now that we have these meds (coffee will get me through tomorrow!). We'll be hunkering down a bit longer. Which is fine with me since it's sooo cold, brrr!

3 comments:

Michele said...

Molluscum contagiosum? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tip from one mama to another, wait until he's cleared this to get his 4-year chicken pox booster (unless he's already gotten it). The two can interact because the viruses are related. My 4-yo ended up with a multi-week course of chicken pox on top of her eczema (from the booster infecting all her molluscum spots). It made for a very miserable winter and just saying the word "molluscum" will send us into PTSD. We tried everything for the itching and caladryl, oatmeal baths and tons of lotion barely made a dent in it. Here's hoping Brady has a much milder case!

Michele said...

PS. Bathing together = no, unfortunately. That's how my 4-yo got it, from bathing with her 8-yo sister.

Annie and Jason said...

Michele,
Brady had all his 4 yr old boosters last July. He showed signs of this issue only about 2 months ago. The spots are very tiny and we actually thought they were just part of his eczema. The doc said they should go away before summer. Jax has showed no sign of getting it from him, and our doc said that children without eczema don't get it nearly as easy. Wow, I'm sorry your daughter had such a bad case!