Monday, October 19, 2009

One step forward, two steps back

The good news is, Katie is better, Natalie's cough is just upper respiratory and her fever is gone, and Jay and Maggie are still healthy.

Bad news is, Lainie is in the hospital for the second night tonight. I brought her in, thinking she was having another croup attack, but the crackling/rattle was from her lungs this time. Well, lung anyway. She has pneumonia in her left lung, the same one that collapsed and (warning: made up word alert) pneumonia-ized back in January 2008. They gave her fluids and IV antibiotics, starting about 9 p.m. Sunday. As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, she hasn't improved. Her fever still spikes on hour 5 after ibuprofen; tylenol versus this fever is like a kindergartener going up against a high school bully...ain't touchin' it. She's apparently dehydrated, considering her 24-hour output is measured in the single-digit ounces. BUT, her oxygen stats are still fine and she isn't getting any worse.

So, another 24 hours of antibiotics and fluids. Jay got her to eat her lunch today, so that was progress. I'm hanging out here, and he went home to take care of K, M, and N. Nothing critical going on, but we'd all like to see Lainie back to her spunky self a.s.a.p. At this point, I think a little whining would be appreciated over the monosyllable responses...well, maybe a little whining, at least.

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