doesn't this make your heart hurt?
when t.j. was just 1 day shy of turning 3 weeks old i took him to the doctor because he was frequently vommiting & i was worried that he was getting dehydrated. after checking t.j. out the doctor told me that i needed to take him to the hospital immediately. i was terrified. can you imagine driving your newborn to the hospital? it is awful. i pray that you never have to do it.
after sitting in the e.r. for nearly 4 hours the doctors decided that he had bronchialitis. he needed to be admitted. again, i was terrified. my 1st question was, "well, what do i do". i was releaved to find out that i was allowed to stay with him through it all.
t.j. endured an iv, breathing tubes, all sorts of monitors, breathing treatments for the next 6 days. it was beyond heartbreaking. he took it like a pro (it helps that he slept through 95% of the 6 day experience).
i stayed with him the majority of the time & through the nights. todd, grama, & papa took turns releaving me so they could spend some time with t.j. & i could see cooper. we spent christmas eve & christmas day in the hospital. fortunately, papa stayed with t.j. so that todd, cooper, & i could enjoy a bit of the holiday & open presents at home.
t.j. recovered relatively quickly. after the first night he was eating better & throwing up less. after 2 days he was off of the iv. after 5 days they were able to take him off of oxygen. on the 6th day he was able to go home sweet home.
over 2 weeks later he is still retracting when he breathes, which is a concern. but for the most part he is the healthiest he has been since he was born (only 6 weeks ago). we are so grateful for this beautiful boy & all that he brings to our family & we are especially grateful for his recovery.