RSV and the Croup - Day 2

We are trying to settle down for our second night here at the hospital. While Ethan's airway seems much less swollen/restricted today, and therefore his breathing is MUCH better, he has started to have more drainage and we are still fighting to get enough fluids in him.

When we saw the doctor this morning on her rounds and with how Ethan was feeling earlier in the day we had our hopes up that we would be headed home this evening, but that isn't going to happen. The doctors seem very concerned about his lack of drinking, as are we. He is eating lots of apple sauce and also had some baby food this morning, but is still refusing the bottle. He did drink 3 oz. in the middle of the night last night and then today we've been able to get about 4 oz. in either by syringe or by medicine cup. He screams the whole time. Even with the purees he acts like he wants it but his throat must be really sore because he cries with each bite.

Ethan has had two more doses of the oral steroid today, but no breathing treatments. Just a lot of monitoring and trying to get him to drink. It is rough because there isn't anywhere for Ethan to play and we all just dislike being here. We do know though that this is where we should be in case the RSV and croup take a turn for the worse. These viruses like to stick around for a while, so while we think we might be on an upswing, I think everyone is just being cautious. We don't want to get home just to have to head straight back here, etc.

So, we are preparing ourselves for another night. Last night no one sleep very well. Ethan was up and 1am and again at 3am. At almost 4am when we couldn't calm him down we actually put him between us on the pull-out loveseat. So, we did get a bit of sleep before he was up at 7:30am. He hasn't napped much today, which is a big change from yesterday. Yesterday he was very lethargic and took several naps - which told us that he was feeling really horrible. It's almost 8:30pm and we are hoping that some sleep will be in our near future.

Thank you for your continued prayers. When you pray for us please pray for all of Ethan's little PBD buddies that are fighting off illness as well.


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