There’s never a dull moment in our house. Saturday morning started off by picking up my oldest friend, Ginger, from the Amtrak station and then taking Sidney to the pediatrician for a sick visit. Jackson had a cold and croup last week and then generously gave it to Sidney. We’ve been through this before when Sidney got sick, but Friday night was the first time she ever woke me up at 2am with a horrible, seal-like bark. It scared her more than it scared me though…
The pediatrician confirmed my diagnosis of croup and recommended we start back up with the nebulizer/ Xopenex treatments. They didn’t help at all and everything really hit the fan once we went to bed Saturday night. Sidney sleeps in an Arms Reach Co-sleeper bassinet next to me and all night I heard the most horrible breathing from the little peanut. I slept for maybe 5 minutes and went back and forth in my head if I should take her to the Children’s Hospital. All. Night. Long. Meanwhile, BC Man passed out on the couch downstairs while watching ESPN, sleeping soundly. He woke up when I cranked up Sidney’s nebulizer at 8am and immediately noticed something was really wrong with her breathing. Once he made the comment “that can’t be good for her heart & lungs” I was throwing my stuff into a diaper bag to take her to the emergency room. My friend Ginger was still sleeping when I left (we stayed up late playing the Wii & having wine) so I asked Greg to make her and Jackson breakfast while I took the baby.
We got to Hasbro and they saw us immediately because Sidney was having such difficulty breathing. She was quickly dubbed the “Happy Wheezer.” She could barely breath and was wheezing very loudly, all with a smile. Long story short, we spent 6 hours there. The doctors were great and the nurses were all wonderful. The resident thought she just had croup and would need a single dose of Decadron and we would probably go home. Then the attending physician came in and after discussing Sidney’s breathing history decided we should do a chest x-ray. He said he wanted to go “obsess” over Sidney’s situation and after 20 minutes came back with a plan. He was ordering a chest x-ray to see if there was a blood vessel restricting her trachea and then give her Decdan followed up with an epinephrine breathing treatment. After Sidney had the best time ever getting a chest x-ray (seriously), the radiologist read it and said there was nothing constricting the trachea but it was definitely narrowed. Now we just have to figure out if it was just croup doing the narrowing or if there is an underlying condition, namely tracheomalacia. To summarize emedicine.com: tracheomalacia is:
“a process characterized by flaccidity of the supporting tracheal cartilage, widening of the posterior membranous wall, and reduced anterior-posterior airway caliber. These factors cause tracheal collapse, especially during times of increased airflow, such as coughing, crying, or feeding.“
*Sigh* So that’s where we are at. Sidney feels great today, but we are now waiting to see the pediatric otolaryngologist to get scoped and see if that’s what the problem is. I’m fine, she’s fine. It’s going to be fine. Like I said, there’s never a dull moment around here! I’ll keep you updated- her appointment with the specialist is on the 16th of this month. In the mean time, I am thankful our problems are minor and love our children’s hospital, which is only a short 15 minute drive away. Life is Good.