|I don't want this on my finger!|
I cried most of yesterday. The tears just wouldn't stop. I cried for her and her parents; and I cried with thankfulness for Felix's life. There has been more than one occasion when we were told that Felix may not survive. It's times like this that I'm reminded just how lucky we are that we have him to love and to watch him grow. At the same time, I have an ache in my chest when I think of the pain these parents are going through right now. Instead of planning for her first birthday in a couple of months, they are planning her funeral. This never gets any easier.
|Just chillin in his cot in HDU|
I'm not a panicky person; in fact I probably leave things a little bit too long when it comes to the kids being sick. Last night was different....the look in Felix's eyes really scared me. I could tell he was really struggling. I yelled at Nathan to get us to the hospital as quickly as he could. We bundled Felix in the car and rushed down there. They got us in quickly and put him straight on a nebuliser and gave him some Prednisolone. It didn't take long before he settled down significantly. They gave him three nebulisers and by the time they were finished the coughing had almost completely eased, but he was still really gurgly and sounded horrible.
They admitted Felix into hospital to keep an eye on him overnight, so at 2.30am in the morning, we moved up to the High Dependency Unit (They didn't want him on the Paediatric Ward in case he caught something else). Nathan stayed with him while I went home to pack a bag for them. None of us got much sleep. Nathan said that Felix slept for about 20 minutes. They think the Prednisolone might have hyped him up a bit. I tried to sleep at home, but was too worried so I headed back up to the hospital just after 6am.
|Nebuliser before bed tonight|
We have had a tiny taste of what some of our friends go through with their children on a daily basis. I've lost count of the number of little ones with Down Syndrome who are enduring long hospital stays due to a variety of different health issues; and remembering the tiny ones who have already lost their lives this year. It really puts things in perspective and makes me so thankful that Felix is usually so well. A reminder to count my blessings every day!