The VRP (Viral Respiratory Panel-done by a nasal swab) that was done in clinic today indicated that Alice has three different viruses on board. They are:
-RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
Treatments for RSV require 2 hour fine mist inhalations of Ribavirin for 15 sessions, during a 5 day period...all done in an ICS isolation room. With each treatment Alice is pre-treated with albuterol to prevent lung spasms.
Hard day for Alice...getting used to the long treatments wasn't fun. Start to finish, it takes about 3 hours. She is in isolation during the treatment under a plastic tent.
Alice received IVIG today, we hope this helps greatly with warding off the viruses.
Alice also received blood today. It was a busy and hard day for all of us.
Happy Birthday Blair!
Thanks Aunt Amberly for staying with Alice so Tyler could come home and be with Blair on his birthday. Blair is 7! He had a fun birthday. Clam Chowder for dinner and more fun with cousins, piñata and cake.
Alice receives her last two treatments for RSV today. In between treatments she will get her monthly dose of Pentamidine-antibiotic, through infusion. Once all this is finished she will come home and we can't wait to have her back. I have not seen her since Thursday and I miss her terribly. I will say I have had a chance to read and do a few things I don't normally get to do when she is around. Tyler was on hospital duty the majority of this stay and thankfully was given a little break from Amberly.
|Just settling in to ICS for another week.|
|Getting ready for the treatment.|
|Ribavirin requires this tent over the patient while the treatment is running...it helps keep the small mist particles contained.|
|This is what the nurses have to wear when in the room during the treatment.|
|Emily picked out this flower hat for Alice....appropriate for Spring.|
|It fits Tyler too.|
|What a sport!|
|Sleeping during the treatment...the best way to cope.|
|Princess game with Amberly.|
|Blair's favorite dinner...Clam Chowder.|
|Another awesome cake... hmmm.|