Tuesday, November 25, 2008
4 Laundry Baskets
3 Bobby Bouncer Chairs
3 Bumbo Chairs
2 High Chairs
3 Bobby Pillow
2 Regular Pillows
2 Baskets of Toys
5 Baby Books
Not In Living Room
Camera Cord - Grrrrrr
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Then part of my weekly help is gone. Jeff was is able to work a couple of days a week from home. It was 1/2 day on Tuesday and the entire day on Thursday. Well, apparently "it's not perceived well" that Jeff is working from home so he can only do a half day on Thursday now. Although I am extremely grateful for even that, it is frustrating that because someone doesnt like that Jeff works from home, thats a good enough reason not to let him. Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is on the phone, cell phone, or computer pretty much constantly so he was not able to do a whole lot, but what he could do was such a great help. Ah-well, at least I still have him home to help a little during the week. We will get through it.
Then to top things off we had our first 911 call. Sounds worse than it ended up being, thankfully. I was feeding Nicholas and somehow he choked. Not a coughing kind of choke but more like gasping for air and gurgling. He would turn really red and his eyes were watering then he would get a small breath. I yelled to Jeff, thank God it was Thursday afternoon, and he took him. This went on for about a minute and a half and Jeff said to call. He just could not catch his breath. He would not turn blue, just really red. This continued the whole time I was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. Then as the EMT was walking in the door, Nicholas seemed to come out of it. He was able to take more, deeper breaths. He was still a little red and his eyes were still watery but he was not gasping anymore. It lasted about 5 minutes in all. The EMT checked Nicholas out as he is smiling and laughing being his charming self. He said his lungs sounded good, we could take him to the ER if we wanted or we could call his Ped and get him right over. I opted for the Ped. Turns out he has a little virus that is causing a lot of mucus in his nose and mouth and thats what made him choke. He is doing fine now and gets to sleep with mommy and daddy tonight. All in all it turned out to be minor, but a little scary none-the-less.
Last but not least, I still do not have my camera. Racheal was supposed to stop by last week but she never showed so still no pictures to post. I do have some really cute ones on Jeff's camera. As soon as I can figure out how to use it, I will post them.
I am glad this week is over. I really hope next week is a little easier.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Although RSV is the most common cause of respiratory tract infection in children under five years of age, most people are unfamiliar with the disease. RSV can be particularly serious in infants born prematurely, children under the age of two suffering from chronic lung conditions, and young children with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease. Multiples are also at increased risk for serious RSV disease.
Virtually all children are exposed to the virus during the first two years of life and re-infection throughout life is very common. Infants born at less than 36 weeks gestational age are at a significantly elevated risk for severe RSV disease. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, up to 125,000 children are hospitalized with serious RSV disease and some of these children may die from RSV complications.
For otherwise healthy children, RSV usually amounts to little more than a cold. However, for preemies and other at-risk infants, the health consequences can be much more serious. In the US, approximately 125,000 children are hospitalized each year with serious RSV disease and sadly, some of these children die.
RSV spreads easily from person to person via respiratory secretions. The chance of spreading the virus within a family is very high. Many times school-aged children introduce the virus into the family. Despite strict infection control procedures, hospital nursery units, day care centers and other similar institutions are also at high-risk for RSV outbreaks.
To help protect your baby, there are simple steps that parents and caregivers can take:
Have family members and caregivers wash their hands with warm water and soap before touching the baby
Avoid being around the baby if you have a cold or fever
Avoid exposing the baby to other children with cold symptoms
Keep the baby away from crowded places
Never smoke around the baby.
This information was taken from a website regarding RSV. It is a very serious infection for preemies. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not visit the babies if you have been sick or been around anyone sick. Thankfully the babies were approved for the RSV vaccine and had the first shot today. They get one shot a month for the next few months. We will be staying pretty close to home for the winter. Thank you for taking the time to read this and making sure not to put the babies at any risk.