16 February 2010

Update - Bennett's First Cold

We are in the midst of Bennett's first cold.  Normally, this would not be a momentous occassion on one's life or one's family.  But it is in ours.  Mainly because it's our first time to experience a CF cold.

A CF cold means that we have increased his CPT (Chest Physical Therapy) and Nebulizer/Allbuterol to every 4 hours (fortunately, we don't have to do it throughout the night).  And it means we are very vigilant to watch this cold to make sure it does not develop into anything other than that.   There is always an increased risk for it to turn into pneumonia.

It is amazing how much his nebulizer works to help him breathe.  It is rewarding to use when you can tell it helps him so much.  (We let him keep his pacifier in his mouth since babies breathe primarily through their nose anyway.  This also helps Bennett stay calm as we keep the mask on his face.)

Since he's had some green snot and a cough, he has been placed on antibiotics.  We have already seen improvement during the last day or two.

While it's inconvenient to have to stop and find a plug for the machine every four hours, we have enjoyed the cuddle time with our sick boy.  He is so sweet and often falls asleep during his "treatments."  Big brother Oliver enjoys turning the machine on and off for us.  We suppose it's a win-win for all.


  1. Praying for little Bennett - that he feels better soon. And sending our love to all you guys.
    -Tim & Cynthia

  2. I'll pray for Bennett. I'm sorry to hear that!

  3. He is so GOOD with his treatments! We had to do the nebulizer once with Chloe, and it went so badly. She fought it and wound up nearly hyperventilating. Since then we've been fortunate enough to only have to use the liquid form when she wheezes. I am in awe of how calm, and chubby (yay!!) Bennett looks there!

  4. I'm so sorry Bennett's got a cold. I can't get over how big he looks in your arms. It's bad enough, when a baby has a cold, period. I know you are worried even more! I'm still praying for Bennett. Love, Ms.Ann


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