Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Good Night

Some breathing treatments throughout the day, cool mist humidifier, saline in the nostrils followed by suctioning, and a last-minute brainstorm (a couple of neosynephrine decongestant drops, for the obligatory nose-breather), and last night went pretty well, after all.

There were only some low oxygen dips when the oxygen tubing slipped out of place. We thread oxygen tubing through the "collar" (ribbon) of a stuffed animal and place the animal near her face at night, because she has a tendency to have low oxygen levels during sleep. A couple of times she also needed to be repositioned, to help with her breathing, but all in all, it really wasn't a bad night. John's at work, and it's so cold outside, I already know we won't be going to church (again).

I'm so grateful, though, that ER wasn't anything we had to worry about. Despite Hannah's wringing of the hands and Matthew telling me he'd rather have us take her to the ER than just waiting until she stops breathing. Um, yeah, me too. But guys, if it's croup or something like croup, I think I might be able to handle this one.

And like any mom who's been up at night dealing with sick children, I'm trying to figure out how to schedule a nap somewhere today. :)


Laurie in Ca. said...

I am so glad to hear that you had a good night Connie and that you did not have to make a trip to the ER.

I am also glad to know you have Hannah and Matthew for back-up:) They are so darned sweet when it comes to Mallorie. And I hope you are napping right now as I type this to you. A good long nap!!

Love and Hugs, Laurie

May said...

Totally get ya...hope you do get some sleep. Me? I'm an owl now. Hope Mal is so lucky mommy's a nurse.

boltefamily said...

I will continue praying! I sure hope you can squeeze a nap in!

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

Im really thinking about going into nursing.....Hope you all get rest.....Feel better sweet girl.

Michelle said...

Hope she feels better soon, Miss Lillian has had a couple bouts with croup too...I am praying for you all.

Kim ( said...

I am so happy to get caught up on Mallorie. I will pray she is feeling better and that you can squeeze some naps in to get caught up on invaluable sleep. I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas, you have had some pretty wonderful miracles this year huh? I loved the picture you posted on the 27th. Your kids are so amazing with Mallorie and the love they have for her is precious.
Love you friend,

jb said...

Evening - I am happy for all of you that last night was better and I love that you all watch and work together so well. Mallorie is very special and she is also a lucky little girl to be surrounded by so much love. I see the joy she has brought to your wonderful family. I have so much respect for all of you. Connie - I also hope you got to sneak a nap in. Thinking of all of you always with prayers in my heart. Love you.....
P.S. I love the wonderful pictures you have been posting.