Nathan had a regular appointment at the respiratory physiotherapist this Wednesday. He’s been having treatment for a cough and blocked nose. I’m sad to say he’s relapsed and the physio said we should take him to the emergency department at the local hospital as he had become very blocked up. So off we drove and took him into the emergency ward.
The emergency ward took us almost immediately into the emergency paediatric section. As he’s only 3 months old – as of yesterday – he was given priority since breathing difficulties are much more serious the younger the child is. The doctor was kind and we were taken up to the regular paediatric ward after initial treatment by hospital staff who reassured us. The diagnosis was that he’s had a second “attack” of bronchiolitis and he needs respiratory help for a while. He’s been on regular oxygen mask treatment – they add drops of medicine in a breathing mask which vapourises a mix of oxygen and drugs to help him breathe – about three or four times a day. He’s also being treated by the suction of excess mucus from his nose, mouth and trachea.
The key signs of serious problems seem to have been overcome: he doesn’t have a high temperature, his blood oxygen saturation is normal, and he’s eating properly but the poor little fella is still quite blocked up and has rasping breathing tones. He could be in hospital for a few days more, I’m really hoping he’ll start to clear up a bit over the next couple of days. As you can see, his Mummy is being a diamond and looking after him by staying with him most of the time he’s there. I’m off there now.