September: come and gone

Well, September is over and we’ve made it through the first bought of colds at our house.
Thankfully we were able to stay at home with this one.  We had a super amazing summer though, so i shouldn’t complain.

We did lots of saline nebulizers, which Ozzie loves and asks for when he’s sick – so that’s handy.  IMG_7931We also had an appointment with his Respirologist, of course when he was sick.  I was super worried about the appointment because he’s ONLY ever seen Ozzie when he’s sick, and i was pumped because he had been healthy for so long.

BUT all my fears were for naught, as the doc said he is the healthiest he’s ever seen him!  Even though he had a cold.  He still had lots of colour in his face and his lungs sounded great.  So, we’ve been discharged from his care, unless something else comes up in the future!! YAY OZZIE!!

IMG_7945It’s kind of nice to have some Mom/Ozzie time now that Cedric is in Kindergarten.  It’s just easier to do the things we need to do without the older one getting bored, or being dragged all over the city to all the appointments.  Plus, Ozzie and i get to go for a walk every day when we take Ced to school.  It’s been nice.

I’m still not looking forward to the coming months, as they carry with them Cold and Flu… and the trip to Vancouver.  But we’re takin’ it day by day.

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Post Bronch

Well, the bronchoscopy is over.

that god for ipods

Waiting for the bronchoscopy

We got to the hospital right on time-ish.  We were expecting a long wait before the procedure, like when he had his tonsils out, but we were not even done admission before they were calling us down, which was awesome.  Speedy.

We really wanted Brad to be able to take Ozzie into the OR, something we’ve asked for in the past but have been told no.  Actually what we were told in the past was: “We’re not really set up for that.” which, at the time i took at face value, but each experience with the health system makes me smarter…. and now i ask… set up for WHAT?

So.  This time, we went in armed with health region policies, but when the anesthesiologist asked if we had any questions, and we said we’d like to take him in – and she said: Sure, we’ll suit you up and you can take him in, but you have to leave when we tell you to.

victory!

i really can’t believe that this go-round it was that simple.
So, Brad suited up and walked him in and was there until Ozzie fell asleep.

The procedure took about an hour, and when he was done his respirologist Dr. Adamko came to tell how it went and show us some photos he took of the inside of his lungs.

Essentially his lungs look good.  AWESOME.

He did a flush and took a sample to grow some cultures to look for super bugs, he said we’d have the results in a few days.

We were then sent upstairs for 3 days of IV antibiotics.

finitoIt was frustrating to be there, just for antibiotics.  We asked to go home on the first day, and were told we needed to stay.  Ozzie needed oxygen as well, so we stayed.  The next day they did an xray of his chest because they thought he sounded rattly.  The xray was clear.  we asked to go home, and were told we needed to stay…

The results from the rinse came back clear, no super bugs.  On Saturday, we were FINALLY sent home, much to our collective relief.  Ozzie does not enjoy hospitals, and who can blame him, but it’s getting to the point that anyone – nurse, or doctor, or cleaning staff, would come near his crib and he was start crying, which produces more saliva, which he has trouble with, which makes him rattly, – never ending cycle! So, home to his own bed made everyone happy.

Beads of Courage

before we left, though, Ozzie got his Beads from Beads of Courage.  3 days in the hospital and 29 beads later.  He’s a freakin’ trouper, that boy.

Going forward, there’s not much of a plan, except to continue with his asthma medication and see his respirologist for a follow up in a few months.  So, until then – we are happy and healthy at home… knock on wood. 😀