19 February 2010

Update - Bennett's First Cold, part 3

The bad news is, as of Friday night, Bennett has not improved.  He is still struggling to breathe, having retractions (where one sucks in so far that you can see their ribs) and is wheezing.  The good news is, however, Bennett has not gotten worse.

The bad news is Bennett likely has the virus RSV.  The good news is we are and have been treating it as best we can so the doctor feels that he will likely pull out just fine.

Treating him for RSV, the doctor recommends that we continue to monitor him and watch for signs that he is improving.  RSV lasts about 1-2 weeks.  RSV typically does not respond to asmatic medications (such as the nebulizer and antibiotics) but will improve on his own.  Since it's a virus, there is not much else we can do.

However, having RSV in such a youngster such as Bennett - esp. a youngster with chronic lung disease - he is at risk for developing pneumonia or something else as a secondary infection.

For now, Bennett seems to be feeling well.  He is smiling through his struggle to breath and overall is very peaceful.  It hurts us to even think how hard his lungs are having to work.  But doesn't seem to be worried about it at all.  What a trooper!

We will continue to pray that God will help our little one breathe.

1 comment :

  1. I know what you are feeling! Emma got that cousin virus to RSV...not fun...but thankfully we have little fighters on our hands and they'll be just fine!


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