Wednesday, May 09, 2007


respiratory treatmentJen had the wisdom to call the cardiologist, Dr. Burke, who listened to Claire's breathing over speakerphone and said, "Sounds like she might have pneumonia--better check her into the emergency room at Children's Hospital." So we packed a bag and drove up. Somehow, a sense of calm enveloped us, in contrast to the previous 24 hours of worry. CHLA processed us very efficiently, and everyone was quite nice as well. The nurses were even equipped with soap-bubbles to blow for Claire's entertainment. I think it helped me too. Claire's frightened reaction the first time they put a stethascope on her almost made me cry as memories of the NICU came flooding back. I've heard that babies can develope "tube aversion" from early traumatic experiences. But we all calmed down soon enough. We are very thankful that Claire's first year has been so healthy, with doctor visits mainly being routine checkups up till now. The chest x-rays confirmed the pneumonia diagnosis, but I guess we caught it fairly early. Jen is spending the night with Claire in the hospital. We don't know how long she'll be in. Thanks for your prayers.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the blog updates and THE PHOTOS. Since we can't be there, it's so good to see. Darling Claire looks so good, in spite of the illness; she's really grown since out last visit! So glad she's in good hands. May Our Lord continue to guide and bless her care. Love and Prayers, Nanna Pennie

Beth said...

Dear Mark and Jen,

I pray you will find this hospitiliazation much easier than Claire's initial weeks in the NICU, and that you are able to get some rest while there as well!

Take advantage of those night nurses, and get some sleep, if you can Jen!

Ohh...I wish I was there to come and say hello. Give Claire a kiss from me, and she will be in Yiannis and my prayers.

All my love, Beth