Baby Pneumonia

She has pneumonia, as it turns out, and that’s what caused the scares this weekend.

She was protected by already being on antibiotics, so we get to go home for now.

If her fever or cough gets worse, we bring her back.

Watch her closely, but get used to what life with her is like with these heart and lung challenges.  

Respond accordingly, and be cautious, but live our lives, he said.

Her color will never be normal, he said, so now that we have her baseline, we are only to worry when she has central color changes like blue lips or white streaks around her mouth.  Go with the plan we know of adding oxygen and paging the pulmonologist, unless it is central then come back by ambulance.

But it will be safer for her, if we can get through this without hospitalizing her.

He may put our entire family in isolation, but not yet. That would include keeping the kids home and homeschooling for the winter season, which may be why we were already prompted about that. I don’t know what it would mean for work or church yet. Maybe it won’t come to that.

She’s a fighter, he said.

Edit: Also, she has lost two pounds and so we are back to ten pounds. She is seven and a half months old.


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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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