Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our First Trip to the Children's Hospital ER!

We've already been to the Children's Hospital ER. On Tuesday, the babies had their 4-month pediatrician appointment. At that appointment, they got their normal 4-month vaccines. Afterwards, no one seemed to have any real reactions to them, other than maybe a low-grade fever. Anyway, after a particularly tiring day on Tuesday at about 11:00 p.m., I was ready to go to bed, baby monitor in hand, as I checked on each baby as I do every night. Piper first, then Henry, then Rosemary. Well, when I got to Rosemary, she was breathing very fast and loud, and was rather warm. I called Gary in to check her out, and he agreed that she was not breathing normally. We took her temperature and she was running a fever. So, we called the pediatrician's after hours nurse, and were told to take her to the Children's Hospital ER. . . .

Luckily, my mom was in town and stayed with Piper and Henry so that both Gary and I could go with Rosemary. Despite her symptoms, Rosemary was having a grand time on her big adventure to the ER. She smiled and cooed and waved her arms, and flirted with the nurses and doctors. Eventually, the fever went down with a higher dose of Tylenol than we were giving her, it was determined that the fever was related to the vaccines, and the fast breathing was related to the fever. She had a chest x-ray, and it looked clear to the ER pediatrician, so we were sent home at around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

We took Rosemary to the pediatrician yesterday morning (no rest for the weary), and she was fine, but with the start of bronchiolitis (or perhaps just a mild case of it). We just need to watch her to make sure she's doing okay. Still, she seems just as happy as ever, so I think we're going to make it through this one. Despite all we do to keep these babies well, they are apparently still bound to get sick! I can't imagine how sick they would be if we didn't take all of the precautions we take. . . .

Anyway, at the pediatrician's office on Tuesday, the babies were weighed:

Piper = 10 pounds 10 ounces
Henry = 11 pounds 15 ounces
Rosemary = 8 pounds 10 ounces

Each baby managed to gain more than an ounce a day since the last visit! And, they are all doing great on their growth curve based on adjusted age and moving up (i.e., not just staying on their curve). For adjusted age, Piper is right above the 50th percentile for weight and length, Henry is almost at the 75th percentile for weight and length, and Rosemary has moved up to the 10th percentile for weight and length (which is amazing considering she just got on the chart at the 5th percentile 2.5 weeks ago)!!!

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