Monday, January 25, 2010
Happy Birthday Bean
Sunday January 24th Miss Jenna Bean turned 6 yrs old. Unfortunately it was NOT a birthday any of us would like to remember. As some of you know, from either reading the previous post or from Facebook, Jenna has been sick for going on three weeks now. On Thursday she was diagnosed with strep, bronchitis and an ear infection. We went home with Omnicef, Bromfed, Mucinex and albuterol to use with a nebulizer. Well okay so that was Thursday. I thought, "No problemo. She'll recover by Sunday for her birthday." That should be enough meds to knock this out of her. Right? RIGHT? Um...no. She got worse and worse every day. By Sunday she was hardly even sitting up anymore. We tried to entice her with birthday gifts. Nope. Didn't even have the strength to sit up for that. That was my last straw in this waiting game. I bundled her up and off we went to the ER. Not busy at all and we were taken in right away. Poor kid knows too much about hospitals. Once they had us in a room she started looking around and she FREAKED out. Ugh. They were thinking maybe pneumonia so they did a chest xray and ran some labs. Again she FREAKED at the mention of labs. She did really good though. I guess they expected a fight because the phlebotomist came in with two nurses. She cried of course but held herself REAL still. The phlebotomist was awesome! Got in nice and smooth. I told Jenna I would put him in my purse so we could keep him with us :P We then waited for what seemed like an eternity. She was in and out of sleep. Me too I think. The ER doc came back in and said her chest xray was clear so no pneumonia. And her labs were about as normal as Jenna can get. So...that's all good news. But...the bad news is she is really sick but there is nothing that can be done but wait it out. Seems she developed a viral respiratory infection on top of everything else. He said a "normal, healthy" kid would likely take at least two weeks, possibly 18 days to recover. Jenna will take even longer because of her immune suppressing medications. Ugh. So we headed back home. She did manage to sit up long enough to open her presents when we got home but that was it. No cake or ice cream for Bean. No birthday dinner. Really no celebration at all. Daddy and I told her she gets a do-over. She likes that idea.