On April 6 Kathryn took Hezekiah in to the hospital because a bad cold was exacerbating his breathing difficulties and the monitor she has at home showed his oxygen levels to be fairly low.
(In the ER, being monitored before being admitted)
He was admitted and put on a monitor showing his respirations, heart rate, and O2 levels. He was also 'on' oxygen.
He was pretty miserable. I did not see him, but I could hear him over the phone - coughing hard, snorting, and even what sounded a little like choking.
During the night, his respirations went down to 0 - 3 times.
As you can imagine, Kathryn did not sleep.
Chawezi was also sick at home - a fact that worried Kathryn considerably. Vinj was splitting his time between home and the hospital and Linda was there to look after the other kids, but she is unused to caring for 6 kids - one of them being quite sick - so I offered to take Wezi for the duration of Hezekiah's hospital stay.
Still being sick myself, I did not feel up to managing all 3 kids and Wezi is actually the least amount of 'work' - he sleeps all afternoon and the rest of the time he plays quite happily by himself.
So, Monday afternoon Jim and I went to visit Wightson and Linda for the first time since they arrived and we brought Wezi home with us. The fact that there are NO photos from the 2 or 3 days I had Wezi is testament to how I was feeling.
Jim was still sleeping in the other room, attempting to avoid getting whatever 'bug' that had put me down for 2 weeks so I was going to put Chawezi in bed with me. Surprisingly, he would have none of that!!! "No! I want MY bed. I want MY blanket!" So, we brought 'his' bed and blanket into my room (the playpen and a couch blanket). He happily went to sleep and thankfully slept all night - no coughing fits as we'd expected.
In the meantime, Hezekiah was still on oxygen and monitors.....
The next day, I took Wezi to the 'hosiple' to visit his mommy (he was very homesick for his mommy) and Hezekiah. Again, I took no photos - even on my phone.
(all photos on this post are from Kathryn - some texted, some from facebook)
Wezi was very lonesome for his mommy so I took him home after his nap that day. Vinj took a shift with Hezekiah and Kath came home for a short time to be with her other kids.
Hezekiah looks to be less sick in today's (9th) photos..... In fact, he was reported to be doing much better - no incidents for at least 24 hours, and he was not coughing quite so much. Only thing keeping him in hospital was his O2 saturation - still not high enough to go home.
Kath texted this photo to Jim and I - showing us that he has begun to sit up by himself. She also reported that he has 2 teeth.
I notice the oxygen tubes are off for the moment....
Next day, April 10, Hezekiah's oxygen levels were staying in the high 90's so he was released to go home.
Back at home.....
The whole time Hezekiah was in hospital, the specialist at the Stollery was involved by telephone or computer (not sure which) in his care. It was easier for the family for him to be monitored in Wetaskiwin so that Vinj and Kath could spend some time each day with their other kids as well. The 'accommodation' in Wetaskiwin was lousy (they got the 'closet room') and the nursing staff not as knowledgable about apnea as those at the Children's Hospital, but as far as just being monitored is concerned - it is the same equipment.
I thank and praise God for keeping this little guy breathing IN SPITE of whatever is wrong that makes him 'forget' to take a breath. I thank God for putting Hezekiah in someone's arms everytime there has been a major incident - someone who was actually paying attention to how/if he was breathing.
I am amazed at the physical strength He gives Hezekiah's parents IN SPITE of the extreme sleep deprivation they experience because of this 'little problem' their baby has. (Especially Kathryn).
And I pray that soon....VERY soon......Hezekiah will 'outgrow' or be healed of this condition - OR that the 'powers that be' in the medical system will relent and give him a more sophisticated monitor than we have already or a CPAP machine so there can be some restful sleep happening on his parents' parts.
In the meantime, I thank God for getting him through this bout of respiratory 'flu' - and for his parents' wisdom in knowing when to take him to the ER.