I was going to write about getting organized, plans, and my new Fitbit. Life had other plans.
My big, beautiful, healthy baby granddaughter, Willa, who will be a year old next month, is in the hospital tonight.
RSV apparently is making the rounds - my son told me that he'd had a chat with a neighbor they barely know, a "Say hello" neighbor, not a play date, hang out kind of neighbor, who told him the other day that her baby daughter was getting over it. Willa had a respiratory thing too, but general snotiness was going through the household, so they didn't think too much about it at first.
Willa was diagnosed with RSV the day after Christmas. She'd been sick for a couple of days and it wasn't going away, so Saturday her mom took her to a walk-in clinic (their doctor's office was closed). Next thing they knew, they were in an ambulance headed for the ER - where she was evaluated, diagnosed, and released. That was...Saturday? I think. Monday she was not better and seemed to be getting worse, so they took her to her doctor's office. The doctor was on vacation, the staff wasn't too useful, they saw the midwife, who couldn't get an oxygen reading because her tools are only for newborns. Okay.
Today she was having even more difficulty breathing and briefly got a bluish color, so they took her to the ER. She's in the hospital now, on oxygen. My son reports that she's feeling feistier now that her oxygen levels are normal again, so everybody's miserable. She has tubes in her nose and a monitor on her toe, and ain't nobody sleeping tonight.
I'd barely heard of RSV before this, and complications this serious apparently are rare, and usually in either much younger babies, or kids with other medical issues. Willa has no known issues, and this is being chalked up to "just one of those things," by the doctors. It's a really, really shitty thing.
If you're the praying type, or the "sending energy" type, or whatever you want to call it, please send a few vibes Willa's way - along with an energy boost for her parents, who aren't going to get much sleep tonight.