Thursday, January 29, 2009

one year

my sweet baby boy,
it seems like yesterday, yet so long ago, that i held you in my arms for the first time. i was so worried about sharing my love with another. but one look from those big eyes and you stole my heart. i look forward to seeing your toothy smile every day when i pick you up. every day it's like you're seeing me for the first time. i just can't help but smile. i hope i can have that effect for many years to come.

i love you more than any words could ever express!

happy 1st birthday, sweet boy!

love, momma

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009


we went back to the doctor this morning. they took an oxygen reading on jacob. it was around 94. still not great, but so much better.

doc said we need to stick with the breathing treatments, but not as frequent. down to 3 a day for now until the cough completely goes away.

he's cleared for daycare, although i'm a little scared and he'll be staying home through thursday.

but thanks for all the prayers. and thank you, God, for being so faithful in answering!

now for casen. he woke up this morning wheezing pretty bad. he was staying home with me anyway, so i took him with us to the doctor. she agreed to see him also.

his oxygen level was about 96. pretty good. he has an ear infection that's really bothering him. doc said the wheezing kinda goes with it. she said he probably has rsv, but didn't think was a huge deal right now.

we just have to watch for a fever with him and the cough getting worse. other than that, we should be in the clear.

of course, we do have to start breathing treatments on him also.

uh...i just tried.

short of tying him down, i'm not sure how that's going to work. =)

again, thanks for all the prayers. i'll be home with my boys today and tomorrow loving and taking care of them.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

and this is where we have been...

for the past five days, this has been us every three hours.

we took jacob to the doctor on wednesday because he was coughing uncontrollably and had been for a couple of days.

the nurse came in and listened to him and could tell he had tons of stuff in his chest. she hooked him up to the oxygen saturation monitor to get a reading. it was in the low 90's. they'd like for it to be high 90's.

she called the doctor in. after taking one listen, the doctor said he definitely had bronchiolitis and possibly asthma...again with the asthma...and maybe even pneumonia.

she wanted him to have a breathing treatment right then to see if they could get his oxygen level up.

on the contrary, it went down!

so they give him another one. still not where it should be.

we get a prescription for a steroid, one to treat bronchiolitis, and then one for a nebulizer and albuterol. for the next two days, we gave breathing treatments every three hours, and the medicine just like we should. we were told if he got any worse, to take him to the er.

friday morning, we go back in for a check-up. jacob was acting so much better...much like himself. we were definitely expecting the ok on everything.

not so. his oxygen level was now in the 80's. they brought in a new machine. no different.

to top it off, casen woke up friday morning coughing. we had him checked also.

the doctors have no idea what's going on because jacob is acting so well. they order a chest x-ray and we have to go over to the pedi part of the hospital for another oxygen reading.

in the meantime, she prescribed casen an antibiotic for an ear infection, and also gave us one just in case he starts wheezing and develops rsv.

are you kidding me?!

in case you haven't read this, we're kinda in the same boat.

we go for the chest x-ray. my little boy was so brave! while i, on the other hand, just wanted to cry. we also got another oxygen reading and it was around 90 - 91. still not good.

the doctor calls me on the my way home to tell me the results of the chest x-ray.

the radiologist said there's mucus plugging his lungs which is causing the difficulty to breathe. unfortunately, there's so much mucus, he can't even tell if there's pneumonia in there or not.


i'm now completely freaked out...watching jacob's every move, because the doctor said that where his oxygen level is, he could either be getting better or turn for the worse in no time. she said if we see any kind of distress, to get him to the er immediately to have him admitted.

meanwhile, casen woke up this morning wheezing. i've started him on the steroid also.

we're still at home. jacob's been really good. he's acting like himself, he's eating, he's playing. you'd never know he was sick.

but he is. and i'm still scared to death.

we go back in at 9 in the morning. that means i'll be taking another day off from school. my brother is going to stay with him tuesday, wednesday, and thursday, because i don't want him exposed to anyone right now.

so that's where we are and where we will be for at least another day.