Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I really do have a lot to catch up on, but it's just been kinda crazy around here.

I wanted to sit down and catch up the last few nights, but Robbie's been sick and there just hasn't been time.

He was supposed to have a follow up for his ears today so we were headed to the doctor anyway. When we got there and I was getting him out of the car, he was wheezing, so I was glad we were there already.

He's okay. His oxygen saturation was 95% (the minimum it needs to be) both before and after a breathing treatment in the office. He tested negative for RSV (*phew*) but he STILL has a double ear infection.

The last round of antibiotics just tore his stomach up, so I really, really, really didn't want to hear that. She doesn't know if the infection was cleared up and is back because he has a cold, or if they never got better at all.

In an case, we now have a 3rd round of antibiotics, a round of breathing treatments for home and a referral to an ENT. She'd like to see about him getting tubes. Even though he hasn't had chronic ear infections, this one has proven to be incredibly stubborn, and he doesn't tolerate antibiotics well. She also thinks that his ears may be draining down into lungs and doesn't want to go all winter fighting this same thing over and over.

On the upside- she did submit him for Synagis shots and said she was going to "work really hard" to get them approved because he's "proven himself to be a wheezer." They're very difficult to get approved for a second year, but hopefully the fact that he's in daycare and has gotten quite sick twice during the "safe" months will help things along.

Here's a quick photo I snapped with my cell phone today. Robbie's really in pretty good spirits, all things considered. But he *HATES* the doctor's office and was very, very sad that people kept touching him and wanting to put a sensor on his toe and you know.. LOOKING at him. Then when they had to swab his nose for RSV, well, he was quite beside himself.

And since I don't want to leave you thinking of a sad Robbie, we'll include a recent smiling picture, too.


PurpleDogMommy said...

Awww...I'm sorry Robbie's been icky. From his pictures tho, he's a fighter and a love...:)

Keep fighting for him, Momma, you are doing so well!

Adriane said...

Poor Robbie!! That really sucks about the ear infections. I hope the ENT appt goes well. I hear tubes are miracle workers, so my fingers are crossed!

Anonymous said...

poor little guy! how does his doctor feel about probiotics? maybe put some of the good stuff back into his guts to balance out the havoc from the antibiotics.

Two Hands said...

I don't know what breaks my heart more, Robbie with a mask or that look on your face. I really hope this clears up soon and becomes a memory. Sending you both my love and prayers.

Trish said...

Anonymous- we actually have him on one. I asked the doc if she could give me something better, but she recommended the one we're already on (Culturelle) I've been giving him the BRAT diet and yogurt (what he doesn't eat, I put in his tube) as well.

I just need this damned ear infection to GO AWAY.

Anonymous said...

Oh Robbie :) Hope he is feeling much much better soon.

I love the smiling pic :)

Patti B.

Anonymous said...

I don't comment often, but I try to keep up with your blog and wanted to say that you are an amazing woman! Wishing you much strength and peace to get through this quickly.


Heather said...

I hope Robbie's feeling better.

Sunny said...

That picture just broke my heart... poor little guy. :( I'm so sorry he has to go through all this.

My brother had horrible breathing problems when he was an infant/toddler, and although he still suffers from asthma now, he's a LOT better overall. I think the maturing of the lungs really helps. I hope Robbie grows out of it soon, too.