Saturday, March 6, 2010

Not so yummy...

Not so yummy of a week for us. Berlyn has been battling a cold for a couple of weeks, but Monday grew worse. By Tuesday morning she was having bouts of inconsolability (a word?) and was struggling with a wet deep cough and difficulty breathing. I took her into the pediatrician's office and they gave her a breathing treatment and prescribed an antibiotic and an oral steroid. By Wednesday evening she had progressively gotten worse and was showing signs of distress. We took her to Urgent Care and she was given another breathing treatment and then prescribed a nebulizer to use twice a day. By Friday, there were little signs of improvement and she was fidgety and miserable all day- and would not take bottle. I called the doctor again and they could hear her crying and grunting in the background and wanted to see her right away. Shortly after we arrived, the doctor told us he wanted to have her admitted to the hospital for a day or two for here you find us.
I always pictured her first gown to be that of "princess" and not of "hospital."
(and this certainly was not the "ball" of fun we were expecting)
She wasn't quite sure what to expect. Triage was the worst, but after we were in a room she calmed down.
I was so thankful for all of the love sent our way via texts, calls and prayers.
It is never easy to see your children sick and there were times we felt really afraid.
but we were blessed to have grandpa and grandma watch the older two and took comfort in knowing they were in good hands and we could focus on our sick little yummy
And we knew that ultimately we were in Good Hands...
this was berlyn's 6th breathing treatment and it was the first time she didn't cry and scream through the entire treatment.
and despite all the poking, prodding, and monitoring, we still found time to play.
and time to rest (or attempt to)
Her chest x-rays came back looking good...just a little haziness around the lungs.
Around 10pm we were moved to the Pediatric Observation Unit. We were hopeful to be discharged before going there, but they wanted to make sure her oxygen level remained steady and above 95%. While sleeping, hers was 92% so they wanted to keep her for further observation.
at times it dipped to 89%...but gradually began climbing and staying consistent.
Plus, she began drinking bottles and had several wet diapers (all very good signs)...and the wheeziness was going away.
Sick and a trooper and still Oh so yummy! She won the affections of all the staff...and received excellent treatment during her entire stay.
We had a late night visitor come offer his love and support. We love you Mike!
And around 1:00am we were given the great news that Berlyn could be discharged and we were going home! They felt comfortable with her numbers and progress but explained to us that she wasn't out of the woods yet. Babies' conditions can change quickly and dramatically in a short window of time. So, they educated us on things to look for and to continue administering her meds and the nebulizer 4 times a day. Any signs of distress and she needs to be seen within the hour. She goes back to the pediatrician to be re-evaluated on Monday.

We are so thankful for everyone's powerful prayers. I sent a facebook status via Darcy's phone that Berlyn was being admitted and to get the word out there for people to pray, but I wasn't able to check anything again till this morning and was moved to tears by the outpouring of love and prayers we received. God is good and our hearts are filled today with gratefulness and all things yummy.


  1. Poor sweet beautiful girl - she is in our constant prayers (you all are) until se is out of the woods.

    We love you!

  2. We have been praying for Berlyn and are so happy to hear she's on the mend. We've know how horrible a night in the hospital with your child is... but something amazing happens when you realize that they are in God's hands and that is the best place for them to be!

  3. YIPPEE!! There's no place like home!

  4. Glad you got to go home, and that Berlyn is improving. Praying for the extra strength, rest and health that you all need right now. Please give your yummy girl a hug from you all!

  5. Oh, sweet girl! So glad to hear you are feeling a little better. Somehow I missed that all of this happened (I worked til late Friday night...perhaps this is how). Praying for your little love to be bright, perky, & oh so yummy again VERY soon! Hang in there, mama.

    P.S. Ball gown or hospital gown...your girl looks absolutely adorable not matter what she is wearing!