It's been a rough couple of days in hospital with Noah. He actually went downhill really quick which has never happened before. Usually once we are in hospital and he starts IV antibiotics and gets on the oxygen he picks up, but for some reason he just got worse, really fast. It was a very long night with Noah struggling to breath, despite being on 14 litres of humidified oxygen. His temp was up all night and he wasn't tolerating any of his feeds or meds, and just vomiting as soon as we gave them to him.
The boys were quite happy to be back at the hospital despite Noah being sick.
It's probably a good thing they see it as a fun place, as they don't stress too much about Noah then.
Kobe loves it up there but was sad when he had to leave and he realised that Noah and I were staying in hospital and he was going home. Aaron said all night he kept wandering around calling out 'mum, mum, mum' and when he came in the next morning he burst into tears and ran to me saying 'mum, mum!' and then saw Noah and had a nervous laugh and pointed to him and was so relieved that we were all back together as a family again.
The Drs were a little stressed and worried and started to talk about ICU and other drastic measures, which we have never had to deal with before. Once Noah's usual Dr came in and saw us he said we didn't need to panic 'just yet' but wanted to try hourly ventolin, a steroid and added another IV antibiotic on top of the first one he was getting. As soon as they started the new treatments, Noah started to settle down straight away.
His Dr came and had 'the talk' to me about what we wanted to do if something 'did' happen. It was the first time we had really sat down and talked about something like this, but he said they needed to know just in case Noah went downhill overnight again. We were saying how lucky we were that it's been 9 years before we had to have 'the talk' together. Luckily Noah's blood gas results came back with great results so the Drs have stopped stressing and are happy the treatments are all working. Things are much better already with his temp and heart rate down, sats up (but still on 8 litres of humidified oxygen) and Noah able to finally rest more as he's not struggling to breath so much. Di came up this afternoon to give me a little break and brought up lots of cute (Hawthorn themed!) cards from the kids in his class.
It's been a busy stay with lots of Drs and nurses in and out all day. Kobe thinks it's great as he's getting to play with Eden lots and spend time up at the hospital.
It's nice seeing Noah back to his 'normal' self - sleeping half the day away and awake for a little while. I told the Drs when Noah is awake ALL the time like he was the night before, it's not good, but when he's sleeping lots and awake for a little while, that it's a good sign that he's getting much better :)
It's going to be a while yet before we get home, but I think we are on the right track :) (and I now have my 'good' camera back with me as I couldn't stand the photos from the point and shoot :) Simone also kindly dropped off her notebook and USB net thingy, so expect lots more blogging :)