Oh, how much we love our precious baby boy, and can't believe he is about to be 1 year old!! The past 3 months have been a little crazy around our house due to a sick little boy. We've struggled with ear infections and the uncomfortableness and fever that goes along with it, but also some pneumonia has been thrown in the mix. Right before Christmas we took John William to the Dr. to see about some wheezing and congestion he had along with fever. He had an ear infection at that time, and chest X-Rays showed he had a bit of pneumonia, so we got on antibiotics and he got fixed right up. Throughout January and February we struggled with his ears, but we made it through it! In the beginning of March we went back to the Dr for fever, and he had some wheezing again. We went for more chest X-Rays and they showed that he had a congested area in the same place as it was in December... along with a double ear infection. We got on medicine and pulled the nebulizer back out. For about a week John William was back to his normal happy self eating and playing, but then the fever and wheeze returned. So back to the Dr we went. --We LOVE our Doctor and doctors office here in Tuscaloosa by the way!!!-- Another chest X-Ray showed the same pictures as we'd been seeing before. We wanted to make sure he hadn't aspirated something, there wasn't anything in his lung that wasn't suppose to be, or to see if it was something called "Middle Right Lobe Syndrome" so our Dr. set us up with an appointment with a Pediatric Pulmonary specialist in Birmingham, we are so blessed to be so close to such a great resource that is Children's Hospital! . Of course the week before John William's appointment I let myself worry and stress over the '"what it could be" and Brett forbid me to get on the internet to diagnose our sweet boy myself.
We had our appointment yesterday and the X-Rays showed that his lungs have cleared very well already! Thanks of course to many prayers on John William's behalf. The Dr. said that what he's experiencing and the very small collapsed spots in his lung could be Atelectasia, caused from the lingering effects of a Respiratory Viral Infection he could have started back in December or it could be allergies/asthma. The Dr. was very insistent to not call it asthma, but to just say he had some symptoms/characteristics of it along with a history of it in our family. The one definitive thing he said was, that there was not any foreign objects in his lungs-- which was my main concern and fear. Praise the Lord for that. We will go back to Children's on Monday to see the ENT to talk about tubes, and the ENT and Pulmonologist may compare notes and see about doing a scope of the lungs if necessary.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10