Saturday, November 5, 2011

Preemie Lungs and Winter Do Not Mix Well Together

As I've mentioned in previous posts the girls both have colds. We are on week 7 or so of the girls both dealing with one virus or another. If I've read their symptoms correctly we are on virus #3 or so. They catch one cold and get better from it only to catch other virus before totally getting over the previous one. It has become a viscous cycle. Fortunately it seems as though Britian is on the mend thanks in part to the medication that was prescribed earlier this week. Her breathing is much easier and she isn't coughing all night like before.

Jillian on the other hand did not improve when we started the same medication earlier this week. Her breathing was of such concern to me yesterday that she saw an on-call pediatrician (so happened to be the one that was on call the night the girls were born) in the night clinic. He agreed that she was still wheezing so we did a breathing treatment there in the office which seemed to help improve her lung sounds a bit. Ultimately he prescribed an oral steroid and a nebulizer, both to help with her breathing. He also prescribed an antibiotic the help with her nasal congestion and to clear up an ear infection that might have been starting. So currently my little peanut is on 4 different medications, all of which have to be staggered at different times and given a minimum of twice every day. Needless to say, I've taken to writing down the times I give her each of her medications so that I don't miss a dose and also so I make sure that I am not giving certain medications too close to each other.

My baby girl needs lots and lots of prayers again. Her little lungs are struggling and Winter hasn't even officially begun. I sure hope this isn't a sign of what is to come this season. Thankfully, after just a day of the new regiment of meds her breathing is much better and she actually slept decent last night.


  1. Praying for you! This fall slammed our house with lots of bugs and blech. :P But, it seems to be waning now, and I will pray that this is the beginning of the end of the worst for you and yours as well. Praying for a healthy rest of the winter. :)

  2. awww.. prayers and hugs for you and the girls. I hated it when my young ones were sick. I am sure it is a struggle with two such delicate little ones to be sick at the same time. I am glad to hear they seem to be on the mend and I pray they stay healthy the rest of the winter.

  3. Praying for your girls. Our Hannah a NICU baby with breathing issues, has had a cold type stuff for 4 wks. It just takes those special lungs so much to get over these things. I will be praying for your girls this winter. We stop going to church and nearly all other out of home activities due to wanting to give those lungs time to gain strength. ((HUGS))