Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Last night was a very scary night. After a wonderful day that couldn't have been more perfect, Eli woke up with trouble breathing and we decided it was time for a trip to the ER.

Once there they told us it was probably RSV. They did a lung x-ray that showed an elevated right diaphragm, which the ER doc said he didn't know about, and so they transferred us via ambulance to another hospital here in Columbia with a great peds. unit.

**I'll stop for a moment because you're probably thinking that this can't be serious, right? After everything that our family ahs gotten over in just the past three weeks, somebody is sick again with something so much more serious? That is what I thought. This can't be happening, right? Oh, but it was. And when things get back to normal I will fill-in some of the details about ER horrors. But just know I had a friend with me to help while Scott was at home with the girls, and though there were MANY tears from both Eli and me, we were just fine.

Right now sweet Eli is sleeping peacefully in his little crib. He's had several breathing treatments that have been very helpful. We talked to a doctor in our peds. group this morning who felt like it may be either RSV, or croup and RAD (restrictive airway disease) as a result of the same virus Elsie and I struggled with last week. We are praying that is isn't RSV which is rather serious in infants, though common, and it would also mean that Elsie could get it since it would be a whole different virus. We're also praying that a new x-ray will show his little right diaphragm is normal.

We aren't sure if we will stay another night or if they will discharge us later this evening. Our own super-hero pediatrician will come in this afternoon to see us. I'm sure he will explain everything to Scott and I and we will have many of our answers then. Thanks so much for praying for our sweet boy!


Justin said...

what is RSV?

Scott and Malisa Johnson said...

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is not serious in most cases, but is very serious with infants because the only treatment is nebulizer breathing therapy several times a day to prevent pnemonia. It causes a baby's lungs to be very fragile, making them much more likely to develop further lung infections and asthma.

That said, Eli DOES NOT have RSV. The results came in this afternoon, and we are thrilled! Right now we are still waiting for our pediatrician to visit us and to tell us what the thinks it is, since it is sort of a mystery now.

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Jenny said...

Glad it wasn't RSV. I hope he recovers soon! We'll be praying.

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Anonymous said...

We are praying as well.