Sunday, October 3, 2010

Annabel update

Annabel just turned 1 year and five months old and over that span she’s come across a few bacteria and viruses that all babies encounter. We’ve been fortunate that she’s fought those off spectacularly thus far. Friday, her doctor diagnosed her latest bug as acute bronchiolitis. A fever, fatigue, thick mucus, vomiting and dehydration have accompanied this latest illness. Again, all babies experience this but unlike other non-T18 babies, effects from the flu, RSV, or bronchiolitis can be much more serious. Children with congenital heart defects, AIDS, or transplant recipients especially are at an increased risk for more severe complications. At times, hospitalizations are required for oxygen administration or to provide fluids intravenously.

We have not taken Annabel to the hospital, but that’s primarily because we are equipped with oxygen, a suction machine, a nebulizer and a pulseoxemeter at our home. Right now we are just giving her plenty of rest, electrolytes and love. She has a follow up appointment with her pediatrician tomorrow morning.

They say that this usually runs its course in 7-10 days, so we’ll be monitoring her and suctioning her little nose raw for the next week or so. I sure hope it doesn’t linger beyond that. It crushes me to see my little baby so tired and weak.



  1. Praying for you Sweet Stinker! You're a fighter and will beat that nasty virus! God Bless you sweet girl! xoxoxo

  2. We hate it when our baby is sick! Stinker stays on our prayer list all the time at church. Today her Pawpaw added this infection next to her name. She is going to be fine and get better in a few days.Everyone please pray for our baby to get well.Hang in there Annabel,we love you much!
    Love,Meemaw and Pawpaw

  3. Bless her heart. I will be praying that she gets better soon. She is sooo beautiful. I love to see the new pics that ya'll post and so does my 4 year old daughter.:) I can't wait to see her smiling dace in some pics soon!

  4. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Stinker, I know those suction machines are the pits, but don't give your mommy and daddy too much grief about it. It'll make you feel better! Love to you all

  5. Get well soon Annabel!
    Looking forward to seeing those chubby cheeks in a big smile!

  6. Praying for you to feel better fast sweetpea.