Saturday, February 21, 2009

Our Poor Little Girl

For those of you who we haven't talked to yet, or we have and you just want an update, Morgan was diagnosed with pneumonia yesterday. Thursday night at around 5pm I noticed that she had a fever. Then at 6pm she threw up all over the lovesac...not fun to clean, by the way. She continued to throw up and run a fever varying from 101 to over 105 degrees. She has always run such high fevers, even as an infant. That night she held her chest and complained that it hurt. She had tears running down her face and asking me, "Please Mommy, make it stop." I have never been so heartbroken in all my life. I called the on-call doctor who tried her best to assure me it was probably just heartburn from her throwing up so much. So I forced some Tylenol down and Matt and I took turns throughout the night getting up to comfort her.
By morning, she was no better. She still had a 105 fever and was still throwing up. I tried calling the doctor's office for an opinion, but the nurses apparently all take lunch at the same time and would not be back for another hour. I said I would call back. Then I went to check on Morgan and noticed that her breathing was getting faster. She seemed to be taking short, quick shallow breaths and her heart seemed to be racing. I called the doctor right back and made an appointment. Matt took her in one hour later.
They listened to her heart and lungs and took a chest x-ray. The doctor said it was the worst case of pneumonia he had seen this year. They have her two shots of antibiotics and because her oxygen levels were still ok, sent her home.
She woke up this morning and seemed tons better than yesterday. Her fever was gone and she was not throwing up. She seemed quite lethargic still, though. We took her in for a follow-up visit, but had to see a different doctor. He said he agrees that it is a bad case and shares Dr. Duffy's concern for Morgan. He gave her another shot of antibiotics. He also looked at the x-ray on the computer and said she might have a small puss-pocket in her lungs. It is kind of a rare thing, but apparently it can difficult for the antibiotics to penetrate it and in rare cases they have to drain it with a needle. So we are praying that doesn't have to happen. We are going back to Dr. Duffy on Monday for another x-ray, not so much to see if she is getting better, but to make sure she is not getting worse. We will keep everybody updated.

6 comments:

J.Ammon said...

I blame Matt especially if anything with the pleural fluid comes into play.

I hope she feels better!

emily said...

that IS heartbreaking.... :( I'll keep her in my thoughts. I hope it passes quickly!!

Phil said...

Jen and I will be praying for you all and that she makes a quick recovery, without the need of a needle.

We know what it is like to spend a night like the one you described.

The Bunnell's said...

Poor little thing. It made my heart ache when your mom told me. i hold the check up went well. Let me know if I can do anyting. love u

Stacie said...

Poor Morgan!!

I hope all goes well with the recovery.

The Fleming Family said...

Oh Nicole and Matt! I am so sorry to hear about Morgan, poor little thing! It just tugged on my heart strings. We are praying for you and Morgan. Hope she gets well soon!