We were admitted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital this morning, and spent the majority of the day in the ER, but were finally able to get a room tonight. Harper was diagnosed with RSV yesterday and last night just continued to get worse. She was very drowsy all night and was using almost every muscle in her body to breathe. She wasn't able to eat hardly anything and was just so worn out from trying to breathe that she would just give up and stop for a few seconds. She coughed all night, but as the night wore on, even the coughs got weaker and less productive. Chris took her back to the Pediatrician this morning and when she didn't respond to the breathing treatments and with her sats in the low 80's, they told us to bring her down to the ER right away.
I am so glad that Chris took her in. I tend to err on the 'conservative' side and I have this unreasonable fear of being sent away from the hospital for not being sick enough or what not... Maybe it's carry over from me being terrified that they would send me away from the hospital saying I wasn't in labor...
Anyways, thankfully, Chris insisted that she go. Praise the Lord for smart husbands...right? Well, we are here now and it looks like we could be here for a few days at least. Apparently almost everyone on our floor has RSV, and our nurse said she hadn't sent anyone home in less than 4 days. We shall see. I am just so glad that we will weather the worst of it here! Hopefully they won't have to intubate her, and the oxygen hood will be enough.
Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement! They mean so much. Jan and Feb have been ridiculously hard! I can't wait for March, warmer weather and more SUN! I'll try and update frequently, as there is little to do here in the hospital room! :) And blogging is therapeutic! Here are some pictures. The poor thing looks so pitiful. The hardest part is that I can't hold her. So when she crys and looks at me with those big blue eyes, my heart kind of breaks.