Thursday, December 18, 2008
A little Christmas miracle
Our family has been blessed this Christmas season many, many times over. There is one thing, however, that we as a family have been praying for non-stop for about two months. Our sweet noonie has been suffering so terribly from congestion that we have been led to our pediatrician countless times, an allergist, and eventually an ENT. He was diagnosed with RSV, bronchiloitis, acute chronic sinusitis, allergies, and reflux...and probably a couple of other things I can't remember. We were given sprays, drops, and pills to give our sweet baby to help him breathe better. We gave away our cat. We tried everything the doctors told us to, and knowing they weren't helping, we quit all of the medication. When we visited the ENT they took a culture of his...well...snot, and sent it to the lab to see if there was any bacteria growing (this was immediately after he finished his second round on antibiotics in one month) and it came back that there was indeed a small amount of growth. He wanted to put him on antibiotics again (to which I said a polite "heck no"), and give him an antibiotic ear drop in his nose. We agreed to the drops since it is so localized and it wouldn't give him the horrible diarrhea and diaper rash that systemic antibiotics give him that just add to his misery. Well, whadda ya know. About 4 days ago I noticed something when I was nursing him that I hadn't heard in so long...nothing. No snot, no boogers, no string of goo between his nose and my boob (it was ALWAYS there...gross, but true!), NO CONGESTION!!! I suppose we have no way of knowing whether it was the drops, the lack of Mila, lots of prayer, or the combination of all of these things, but we are SO GRATEFUL to have a clear-breathing baby again!!! I haven't used saline, a snot sucker, or a tissue in FOUR WHOLE DAYS! (As fun as the snot sucker is, I was ready to put it away!) YAY for our silent-breathing noonie, and our own silent nights for which we are so grateful.