Well, I told you the grandson may break in on our Hawaiian Tour. And, he is. Bless his sweet little heart…and lungs…he is in the hospital with the RSV virus. On Monday night, Adam noticed the baby was becoming quite grey in color. But, he perked up, and they all went to bed. In a couple of hours, they both got up to change him and give him another bottle (he’s still not able to take but an ounce or 2 at a time). They noticed his coloring and this time Adam had to work at getting him to breathe again. They called the Dr. and were told to go right to the ER. They admitted him, and we found out that he has the RSV Virus. He stopped breathing another 2 times before they got his meds and oxygen going.
Now, I was not really aware of what the RSV virus is, but most younger mothers know about it. So, Let me educate you, a little. Especially since many of you have grandchildren or children or children to come! Following is some info from the CDC Atlanta, GA.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Overview
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Most otherwise healthy people recover from RSV infection in 1 to 2 weeks. However, infection can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States. In addition, RSV is more often being recognized as an important cause of respiratory illness in older adults.
Symptoms and Care
Illness usually begins 4 to 6 days after exposure (range: 2 to 8 days) with a runny nose and decrease in appetite. Coughing, sneezing, and fever typically develop 1 to 3 days later. Wheezing may also occur. In very young infants, irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties may be the only symptoms of infection. Most otherwise healthy infants infected with RSV do not require hospitalization. In most cases, including among those who need to be hospitalized, full recovery from illness occurs in about 1 to 2 weeks.
The doctor told Suzanne that they were so fortunate that they saw him when this happened, or the outcome could have been, sadly, very different. He told her…”It was a God thing.” And, we so agree. They re usually not even up at that time,and for some reason, they both got up. God wanted them to find Little Levi, and get him help…or they would have slept right through.
I wonder just how many times God does that for us? Probably many times during a week. Oh how good He is to us! How could anyone not trust Him with their heart and souls? When we belong to Him, He is watching and caring for us ALL the time. Don’t know about you, but that makes me feel so safe. Thank you, God.
Well, this did not get posted yesterday, as I planned. Little Levi is continuing to do well. The doctor is surprised that he is doing so well taking his bottle. Many times when an infant gets this virus, they lose their appetite. Which is not good since they are usually small anyway. Well, this has not been a problem for our bpy. He is eating well!
I’ll update when we know more. But, for now, he’s hanging in and doing what he is supposed to!