Thursday, November 10

PJ's not been well

PJ's not be well this week, starting with what appeared to be a ear infection. After we had been out to the doctors Sunday, we got given some antibiotics. It got so bad Wednesday that a doc was called out again that morning. He gave PJ a examination and recommend that he be take down to the hospital, which Jax did. After a long wait (which seems to be the norm in all NHS hospitals now), PJ was seen and they said that he had Bronchiolitis: inflammation of the bronchioles, the smallest air passages of the lung. In a typical case, an infant under twelve months of age develops cough, wheeze and shortness of breath over one or two days. The infant may be breathless for several days. After the acute illness, it is common for the airways to remain sensitive for several weeks, leading to recurrent cough and wheeze. There is a possible link with later asthma: possible explanations are that bronchiolitis causes asthma by inducing long term inflammation, or that children who are destined to be asthmatic are more prone to develop bronchiolitis.
All the symtons he had, we've also been told that his lungs are now scarred for life so if he gets any other chest infections then it may sound very hoarse and have a very bad cough. I wasn't able to go to the hospital with Jax, something I feel rather bad about. But I've had rather a lot of time off work and I'm a little concerned for my job, as my managers not happy about it all. So I had to attend as we can't afford me to loose it, but it still don't make me feel any better.
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Anonymous Jax said...

Scared lungs? Has he got a frightened liver, or a petrified kidney too????

11:52 pm  
Blogger Dan said...

Sorry.. I've added the missing R

8:38 am  
Anonymous Ed said...

I think any reasonable boss would understand. You couldn't help being off, and it's natural that you'd want to be with Jax and PJ at a time like this. What is it with some people... if your kid's in hospital, your place is there with him and your boss should understand that - or have I missed something...

11:15 pm  
Blogger SafeTinspector said...

That sucks, man. IS bronchiolitis UK for bronchitis?

What does this scarred for life mean? That sounds terrible!

8:20 pm  
Blogger Dan said...

Its a bit like that, though thats the adult version. Its normally caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), it means he has some damage to his lungs that in the future will make him a bit weazy if he gets colds and stuff. Though his body may well adapt to it.

10:29 am  
Blogger SafeTinspector said...

...sucks. My daughter had one nostril that didn't go all the way back.

They were able to use a laser to fix that, but they say she'll always be more prone to infection on that side of her nose.

Its always hard when its the little ones.

11:58 pm  

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