The good news is, the boy doesn’t have the flu.

Instead, he has pneumonia.


By the time the doctor got to him–10:15 for his 9:30 appointment–he was breathing fast.  She listened to his lungs and told me he had a slight wheeze.  But I told her that there was more wrong, because he was breathing much faster than normal.  She pulled up his shirt and told me that his chest didn’t look bad, and his breathing didn’t look labored.  But I insisted that he was having trouble breathing.  And finally she said, “Let’s check his blood oxygen level,” more as a way to reassure me that he was fine (and shut me up, I’m sure.)  Only, his blood oxygen level was low.  He wasn’t fine.  However, after a breathing treatment* with a nebulizer, he was doing much better. 

He’s on several different medications, with one more to be added once he keeps liquids down, and it looks like he’ll be okay.  The boy is such a trooper.

(* the breathing treatment made him hyper. Very hyper.  Afterwards, when the nurse asked to see his finger to test his blood oxygen level, he said, “Which finger?  This finger?  Or this one?  I’ve got… thisfinger,andthisfinger,andmoreonmyotherhand.LOOKIHAVEANOTHERHAND!”  It would have been more hilarious if he wasn’t sick.)


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dad on 11/07/2007 at 3:24 pm

    Man oh man. Stuff just keeps happening. At least he should be easier to keep quiet and still that the other one. (please don’t let him spread this around). Hope it isn’t long before he feels better.


  2. Posted by sara on 11/08/2007 at 9:07 am

    yuck. how are you feeling? you haven’t caught it have you?


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