After 5 days in the hospital, 3 IV’s, 4 x-rays, 4 lab-draws, 20 or so rounds of IV antibiotics, too many visits from doctors and nurses to even remember, we’re home from the hospital. And after 16 days of a persistent fever, more doses of Ibuprofen and Tylenol than I care to count, vomiting, coughing, not eating …. Kaden’s definitely, finally on the mend! Halleluiah.
While we were in the hospital, Kaden was diagnosed with Necrotizing Pneumonia, preceded by an Influenza virus and Staph Pneumonia. He was also suffering from mild dehydration. Necrotizing Pneumonia is an ugly disease and a quick google search can tell you more about it, but basically it is a life-threatening pneumonia that causes the death of lung tissue and causes puss pockets in the lung that are super tough to fight with oral antibiotics. Interestingly, it is often caused by the aspiration of a foreign object, but his doctors don’t think that Kaden’s illness had anything to do with his peanut incident in September.
Honestly, there were points when I thought Kaden was dying. I cried an awful lot during this experience. When we were finally admitted to the hospital I actually felt a great deal of relief that finally his treatment was out of my hands and onto the next, best level. They say no one wants to be at the hospital, but I really did. And it is odd to say that I miss it?? Before I flood you with photos from our time at Randall Children’s Hospital I’d love to share some of the blessings we experienced …
- We had the most fabulous, brand-new room all to ourselves. It had a wall full of south facing windows that overlooked downtown Portland. A photographer’s dream for sure.
- Kaden’s nurses and doctors were consistent. We saw the same ones over and over and they knew his situation inside and out. They were thorough, thoughtful, and sensitive to this overly-tired mama and baby team.
- They repeatedly told me that Kaden sounded so much better than he should have. And that we was not nearly as sick as he should have been for this type of pneumonia.
- I received so many prayers and emails from friends – some I know and some I don’t! I was deeply touched by each person who lifted Kaden up in their prayers and by those who kept in touch to check on Kaden’s progress.
- My mom was able to come back down from Seattle to care for our boys so Matt could be with us at the hospital and then start a new job. Between her and my mother-in-law my boys were so well cared for that I could solely focus on Kaden’s treatments and recovery.
- I had about 22-hours straight of cuddle time with Kaden, with nothing else vying for my attention. How can I complain about that?
- We were released 2 days earlier than they really expected. Kaden’s Sunday morning labs and x-rays showed so much improvement that they felt confident that oral antibiotics could take care of the rest of the infection, from home.
- I was a bit sad to leave the hospital. I never at any point while there wished to leave because I saw how much Kaden was benefiting from being there. I miss his doctors and nurses and deeply regret not being able to give each of them a hug and say ‘thank you’ for saving my baby’s life.
- Please know … GOD worked through these doctors and nurses and medications to save Kaden. All glory is given to Him.
On to the photos … taken from Wednesday to Sunday, and shown in order …
Now that we’re home, we have to continue with 10 more days, 3x a day of nasty antibiotics and he as 2 follow-up appointments that I’m looking forward to. He’s slowly getting his strength, appetite and humor back!
Thank you again for your prayers and concern for Kaden! Truly the Lord heard and answered our prayers!