On the 10th day of Rare Christmas Phoebe wants you to know....sometimes no matter how hard you try, some things cannot be avoided. With Phoebe being diagnosed with the flu a week ago the doctors were concerned it would progress into her lungs. The thing is, every time Phoebe gets sick it goes straight to her lungs. Her history of hyperplasia and middle lobe atelectasis put her at an increased risk of experiencing lung difficulties and collapses when an illness spreads. Knowing this we, along with her doctors, always try our best to avoid her lungs becoming affected during an infection. When Phoebe was diagnosed with the flu the hope was by starting frequent round the clock nebulizer treatments for her already increased work of breathing and lower than desired saturation level, alternating tylenol and motrin to control her higher than normal temperature, on top of taking Tamiflu for the flu that we would be able to stay in front of this to prevent her lungs from becoming affected. Unfortunately, we were unable to make that a reality. Today at Phoebe's check up to see how she is recovering from the flu the pediatrician heard crackles and wheezes in both lower lobes. Bronchitis. Phoebe, having finished her Tamiflu, was immediately started on an antibiotic and her nebulizer treatments, which had started to be decreased, were readjusted to help support her bronchitis battle. From the moment Phoebe got sick last week to the moment we walked into that pediatrician's office today, we had done everything we could to help Phoebe recover from the flu without getting a secondary infection. But Phoebe's immune system is just too weak.
The true author of this blog is my daughter Phoebe. This is her life. I am blessed beyond words to be her mommy and to be able to share her story with you.