Monday, January 2, 2012

Pneumonia

Jimmy got pneumonia and we didn’t realize how bad things were till it was in your face SCARY. His first signs of illness were on Dec. 17. He was tired and had a low fever. 

Jimmy on Dec. 17th and still in good spirits

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From that day on he slept more and ate less till he was eating almost nothing. We took him to the doctor on Dec. 22nd and I told them that he was tired and had a fever and seemed like he was in pain. They sent him home saying there was nothing they could do. It was a virus.

Jimmy on Dec. 22nd. He made it through literacy and then took a long nap and woke up with a fever and was miserable from then on.

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I took him three days later because he was eating almost nothing and sleeping more and would cry out any time he was awake and actually while sleeping too. Once again he was sent home. His ears, nose, throat looked good and his lungs sounded good. Two days later, Dec. 24th, I called the doctor again to report that he had not improved at all. He said I could bring him in but that there is nothing you can do for a virus.

Jimmy on Dec. 23 and you can see that he looks like he feels super crummy.

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He said go to San Antonio and if he’s still sick when you get back bring him in. On Dec. 26th, Jimmy was white and breathing super fast and was so miserable. Marc took him to the Texas Med Clinic. They took an x-ray of his chest and Marc said that seeing the x-ray made him feel like the worst parent ever. He had a bad case of pneumonia.

Jimmy sleeping on Christmas day. It was the only thing he wanted to do.

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After being sent to the wrong hospital, he arrived at Children’s Methodist and got treatment. They pumped him full of different antibiotics and steroids for 5 days. It was about 5 days before he started smiling easily and eating.

Dec. 28th Marc brought out Signing Time and he smiled for a second! It was the first time we had seen a glimpse of Jimmy in a week.

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Dec. 29th and he is signing chicken while watching!

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Dec. 30th He’s smiling more and more. He loves to brush his fingers across hi eye lashes.

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The last 2 days he has improved drastically and today, Jan. 2nd, he was walking and crawling up on chairs and pretty much everywhere. He’s off oxygen and is currently not connected to anything. Here he’s checking out which Signing Time movie he wants to watch.

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Our flight home is scheduled on Jan. 4th and I think we will make it! In the future we will know the signs and demand more from our pediatrician. The type of pneumonia Jimmy had was called mycoplasma pneumonia and it’s very common among kids with Down syndrome.

4 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see that Jimmy is doing better. How incredibly scary. It is a good thing that TexMedClinic did that xray!!! So glad that he is getting better. I had no idea you all were visiting nearby or I would have come to help, bring you dinner or something. I hope it never happens again, but if it does, let me know.

    Abbie was hospitalized last year for pneumonia after several visits to the doctor. Luckily we caught it early and after 24 hours she was released. She actually has it now too. After 4 visits to the doctor where they claimed "virus" they finally decided on the fourth visit her lungs were rattling. :-( Thankfully we just needed at home antibiotics.

    So glad Jimmy is doing so well and yall are heading home soon.

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  2. sounds to me like you guys were excellent parents, taking good care of your munchkin. everyone's always telling us (parents) that we're over-feeling or hypochondriacs, so it's hard to feel reasonable about not trusting a doctor. but you kept going back. you rule. i'm glad your babycakes is getting better.

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  3. So, so grateful you guys were persistent. Jimmy is so blessed. Praying for an easy trip home and for the little man to continue to recover quickly. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you when you get home.

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  4. Wow, I hope he is feeling better, I am bummed for all of you that you had to spend so long in the hospital. If the ped had caught the pneumonia right away I wonder if he would have had to be in the hospital at all. Thanks for writing this I had no idea that a certain type of pneumonia was more common in kids with DS!

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