They stabilized Jude in the ambulance in regards to oxygen and we went on our merry way to Cook's ER again. Once we got in the room the doctor could tell Jude was really sick. She ran a host of tests including blood counts, pneumonia, and RSV. They all came back fine or negative so everyone was at a loss. The doctor finally ruled that she didn't agree with the FLU B diagnosis from that Wednesday and believed we were looking at a lower lung viral infection. She gave Jude an IV of steroids and gave us a prescription. She said she believed Jude was acutely (there is that word again) sick but was releasing him to us to go home. She knew we had nurses at home that could care for him. So I called our home health care to request a night nurse for Friday and the weekend, but they were unable to accommodate. However, Mike and I did just fine. We hooked Jude's pulse ox up to his big toe and set the alarm to go off at specific numbers. It made for a sleepless night, but at least we knew we would get to him if there was an issue. We also pushed fluids and stayed on top of the medication. Our nurses during the day were wonderful and made sure Jude got his CPT and his breathing treatments around the clock.
With dedication Jude went from looking like this (after a breathing treatment and steroids at the hospital).
It's been hard on Jude lately. He battled pneumonia, then the flu, now the lower respiratory infection. I am concerned about his immune system and the ongoing respiratory issues. Also, as thankful as I am in regards to my life I am teetering on the edge of ........ losing it (well kinda). I am tired! I am tired of not sleeping, of everyone being sick, of working on hard, and having to be out of work. Emily now has an upper respiratory infection and Mike is sick too. When I got to work today and was so overwhelmed with the stacks of paperwork sitting in front of me, the never ending ringing phone, and a computer that decided to go down ...... that I just lost it. My poor boss just kinda walked away...lol. However, my tribulations are nothing in regards to Jude fighting everyday to be healthy. So I will look forward to my vacay in April and hope that we actually get away this time. Em and I are suppose to be going to Houston on the 18th, but if Jude doesn't continue to improve that will not be happening. So we will see.
My sister had her baby this weekend! A little boy named Caleb who was 7 lbs even. I wasn't able to be there as I didn't want to spread anything Jude may have had that may have passed to me. I will get to see him every soon! He is in the NICU for low blood sugar, but that is common since my sister had gestional diabetes. I am sure he will be just fine, but a few prayers would be great.