I had planned to run the Green River Half Marathon on 1/26 but didn’t happen. Got a strong reminder that is it the cold and flu season.
Last Tuesday, Will developed a tough, deep cough and a temperature (peaked at 104) so visited our Group Health Clinic the next day. The MA (medical assistant) mentioned the flu is wide spread this year and discussed taking a chest x-ray since he developed pneumonia a year ago. But, she decided not to, since listening to his chest, his lungs “seemed” clear. So, we left the office with instructions to keep up the Tylenol and acetaminophen every 3 hrs, as needed for a fever. Lastly, she warned, if his temperature quickly spikes, get him to a doctor.
The next evening, I recalled this warning as his temperature jumped from 100 to 104 in about 15 minutes. So, off to the GHC Emergency Room…Arrived about 11pm and left at 5:15am the next morning when they carted Will into an ambulance to Seattle Children’s Hospital. (Been awhile since I pulled an all nighter and don’t recommend it) The GHC ER folks gave him several liters of fluid and Tylenol to fight the dehydration and fever but when they noticed his Oyxgen count was dropping, they quickly decided to send him to the Specialists. Even though I knew Will wasn’t in critical danger, seeing your kiddo rolled into an ambulance pulls at the heart strings.
I’ve sung the praises of Seattle’s Children’s hospital before and will so again. We are so lucky to have this facility in town. When we arrived a team of about 6 people met Will and immediately, a level of worry was removed. An attending physician, Intern, Pediatrician, RN, RN assistant were his core care team. Within an hour he was admitted and in his state of the art private room.
Will was diagnosed with RSV(Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Friday morning then later that afternoon they added Pneumonia. (he was trying to get his money worth). RSV is very common with babies but anyone can develop it and it is also common to have another lung issues along side it.
He spent Friday night in the hospital and we really expected to spend Saturday night too. But, Saturday early afternoon, his temperature dropped and his oxygen count had returned to normal for most of the days so they decided to let him go home about 8pm.
Also, by Saturday afternoon, Will’s personality returned. He REALLY enjoyed the controls on his giant mechanical bed. When we told him he could go home, he actually said, “no, I want to stay.”
Thank you so much, Children’s Hospital (and GHC ED/UC team) for world class care.