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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

3 Months Old - Interesting Evening

The babies turned 3 months old today and made sure that we had an eventful day.  We went to the pediatrician today for their D-Tap shot and for a weight check.  Both babies weigh 9 lbs. 4 oz.!!!!  The doctor said that they are gaining weight nicely and looked really good.  Brooklyn does have a case of craddle cap and eczema on her face.  We had noticed a knot on the back of her neck and the doctor said it was probably a lymph node, swollen due to the skin irritations.  We felt good about the visit and had a good afternoon.  It is now 4:00 a.m. and we just got home from the emergency room. Brooklyn started coughing on Monday, but we thought it was a symptom of her reflux. This evening while feeding her I noticed that she was really struggling to breathe.  She was wheezing and her cough was getting worse.  As soon as Tim got home and shared my concerns we called the doctor who advised us to head to Cooks.  My sweet mom came over to watch Tayden so he could stay home.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!  When we arrived I could not believe how many sick children were crammed in the waiting room.  I made the decision to sit outside with Brooklyn while Tim waited inside for her name to be called.  Once he explained to the registration person that she was a preemie, he quickly got us back.  The room full of sick people did give us some crazy looks, but at that point I really didn't care.  They did a chest x-ray and it was clear, so they tried a breathing treatment and it seemed to help a little so they did three more.  The doctor thinks that she has a viral infection called bronchiolitis.  We are not sure how she got this since we never leave the house.  There is not antibiotics to treat the infection, it just has to run its course.  Bronchiolitis is related to RSV and they are sending off a specimen to see if she in fact has RSV.  They sent us home with a breathing machine so that we can give her treatments at home.  Her little cough is just pitiful!!!!  Seeing her sick is just as bad as seeing her in the incubator 3 months ago.  She is so helpless and I wish there was something I could do to make her feel better.  We are now being super careful to keep the twins separated.  Tayden has already been exposed, but we are praying he doesn't get sick as well.  This could be even worse for him since he still struggles with his breathing at times.   Please pray for both babies - for Brooklyn to get well quickly and for Tayden to stay well.