Long story short:
Went to the pediatrician yesterday for a routine ear and weight check. I’ve never seen the place so crowded with so many sick children! I forced Nik to actually sit in one place while we waited and wouldn’t let him touch anything. (Um, yeah, hello Autism and ADHD…) He was a pretty good sport about it.
The good news: Nik’s ears looked great and he’s gained some more weight!
The bad news: His chest sounded junky and he needed a nebulizer treatment —something he hasn’t needed in nearly a year. Generally, he only needs those when he’s either super sick or we’re trying to hold illness at bay. Our pediatrician usually tells us to trust our instincts and to listen to him from time to time if we’re not sure; she trusts us. Not this time; this time she stood firm.
We came home with a strict schedule of neb treatments for the next week. We’ve all had our regular flu shots but Niksdad hasn’t yet gotten his H1N1 mist. Since he works with very young and medically fragile children he has to have it. We were on the fence about getting the shot for Nik but this clinches it for us. His health history is too complex and his ability to fight major infection/illness is not as robust as the average child.
As a precaution, I canceled all of our appointments for the remainder of the week. Looks like pj days and Mary Poppins (or Signing Time which is back in rotation lately) and, if I’m lucky, some extra snuggles.
ETA: I finished this post last night and then forgot to publish it. Oops!
However, you’ll be pleased to know Nik is doing well and we’ve had a lovely day together. I’ve even gotten some snuggles!
Oh, and the boy likes his nebulizer waaaay too much. See for yourself: