Thursday, 17 November 2011

To Stratford and Back Again...

Dallin has always been a bit squeaky with his breathing!  We all thought it was a bit concerning, but the doctors told me we had nothing to worry about. 

A few weeks ago, my baby boy got his first cold.  He was 4 weeks old.  When you live in tight quarters and EVERYONE is sick, a 4 week old baby is destined to get it too! 

However, squeaky breathing and a cold do not mix well.  A few days into his cold I noticed he was really having to work hard at breathing...this was not normal.  Plus two weeks had gone by and his cough wasn't any better and seemed to be getting worse.  So, on Tuesday November 2, I made a call to the doctor and got him in for his cough.  The doctor came in and before even addressing his cough right away noticed he was really working to breath.  She sent us immediately to Emerg to see the on call Pediatrician. 

Dallin's hosptial jail cell
We spent the next two days in the hospital undergoing saline masks and breathing treatments, and were told he has what's called Laryngotracheamalacia, simple terms means that his trachea is floppy and it causes Strider which is when his chest caves in.  We were sent home feeling better.

Still smiling at the hospital

That weekend he must have caught another virus because by his appointment on Monday we were back in the Emergency Department.  This time the Pedicatrician called the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to come have a peek.  But, because Dallin was too mucousy he told us to book an appointment with his office for a week to 10 days later.

So, today we journeyed to Stratford again, this time to see the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.  Only to have confirmed that the doctor wants to stick a little tiny camera down his throat to see exactly how bad it is.  He had hoped that Dallin's Strider would clear up as the cold went away, but as Stephane and I both knew, it wasn't going to.  So in 5 minutes I had just wasted another 1/4 tank of gas, for some doctor to tell me something I already knew and he should have just done in the first place. 

So, next Friday back to Stratford Emerg to get this 5 mintue procedure done!  Thank God Dad will come with me, so I don't have to pay the ridiculous 5 dollars for parking! 

Dallin snugglin with Poppa this morning
Our little man means the world to us and nothing will stop us from making sure he is safe and healthy.  If that means driving to Stratford everyday than I will.  I've driven to Stratford numerous times and I'm sure there will be many many more! 

We love you Dallin!!!  Nothing will ever be able to describe exactly how much!!! 

Our Brave Little Man!!!

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