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A Sick One

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Caro got sick yesterday.  : (  

It turns out that it is an infection in her trach area...fairly common for kids w/trachs (she's already had a few flare-ups this winter).  Trachs get easily infected because they're basically a hole where the body doesn't want one, so the body makes a lot of extra secretions in that area in response to the constant irritation (it doesn't hurt Caroline, but the body still responds like this).  Anyway, that extra moisture + all the drooling C does anyway + open airway that can come in contact w/germs, particles, etc = Caro gets a flare up of bacteria.  

This leads to even more secretions (i.e. - very similar texture/look of stuff you blow out of your nose when you're sick - although, luckily, hers isn't really yellowish, more thick and white - tmi, yet? ; ) - once we notice that, we start to be on a full scale alert mode for possible sickness.

Then, blood started coming out of her trach with the secretions - because all of her little air sacs are so strained that some start bleeding (hmmm...maybe I should've posted a tmi warning for the whole post....oh well...).

So, we give her extra breathing treatments that have been chilled in the fridge first (making the medicine cold helps stop the bleeding) to help her lungs try to recover.

But no, the lungs/bacteria in the lungs weren't in the mood to play nice.  To which, the rest of her body said "Fine, we'll run a fever to try and kill off the infection".  And then yesterday afternoon, Caro had a fever that went from 99.8 to 102.6 in about an hour - no fun for our Little.

I always get a little scared when Caro gets sick like this, even though I've seen it before.  I think "Could this be the Big One?"  But, then I say a little prayer, and put any scary thoughts out of my mind.  I remember that Caro is way too strong for a little bitty infection to bring her down.

Her pulmonologist prescribed 3 new meds to try and kill off this bacteria/virus for good, so we'll have 3 extra meds for the next 14 days or so - meh news for us parents.   

Happy ending for Little though: her fever went down by the end of yesterday, and, while she's still sick and needs a lot of suctioning, we haven't seen the fever come back today!  She was so sluggish and pitiful yesterday (her cheeks were rosy red from the fever - no pics of that - it's just too pitiful), but today she has already getting her wiggles back.

Anyway, sorry no pictures still, but something new on the blog, even if it doesn't have pictures, is better than nothing, right?  Right.

7 comments:

  1. Whew! Glad to hear she is getting better. We'll remember her in our prayers.

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  2. So sorry to hear of Caro's illness. We love all of you and alway pray for all of you each night. Gramps appreciated your nice birthday phone call.

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  3. I'm so sorry that she got sick. I'm just glad that she is feeling better. If you need anything, let me know. I'd be glad to help. For reals!

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  4. BLESS YOUR HEART IM REALLY SORRY THAT CARO IS SICK!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG SO KEEP IT UP!

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  5. BLESS YOUR HEART IM REALLY SORRY THAT CARO IS SICK!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG SO KEEP IT UP!

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  6. I hope Caro gets better. I send my best wishes.

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