Dylan took her to the appointment at 9 am and Dr. Chandra admitted her after administering another round of Albuterol to her lungs, as he saw no improvement in her retracting. Lucky for us, Sheila wasn’t working that day so she offered to come over and watch the daycare kids for me so I could go to the hospital.
When I got there, Ada looked a lot like this:
She did get a lot better in the short time that I was there. Her breathing evened out, her lungs slowly cleared and the retracting stopped. Unfortunately there were some mishaps along the way. 😦 Ada apparently has hard veins to hit and she was poked a few more times than maybe necessary. Dylan and I have agreed that we will be those demanding parents that refuse to let students get their practice time in on our daughter and I will be asking for the numbing cream that pediatrics wards have but don’t routinely use (don’t ask me why…as a parent I think it is incredibly stupid and insensitive to the child and parents that it’s not used systematically). And then after all that poking nonsense, her IV went bad and her poor little left arm blew up. They took it out but it still took a good 10 hours to go back down to normal (Ada of course wasn’t keen on an ice pack).
The best part of the stay was probably Kelly bringing Ada a treat bag of DumDums, M&Ms, foam hearts, and a twinkling rose (btw-epileptics beware!). She took down a ton as there’s no such thing as moderation when your child is sick.
Now we just have to pick a doctor to be referred to. I spent a couple hours the other day scrolling through all the pediatricians and pulmonologists on the Mayo Clinic website and weeded them down to a shorter list (11) that Dylan and I will have to go through again. We’re open to any stories or suggestions too though!
Here’s my list of doctors that I think would be interested/specialized in Ada’s asthmatic problems–they are in no particular order:
Oh well. This is a good step, a step forward into figuring out why our baby keeps getting hit so hard and so fast by the simplest of things. Even if they don’t tell us anything weird or mysterious, just knowing would be better than playing defense to a game we never learned the rules for.