Zoey has been very congested for about 3 weeks. It started with just a little bit of a stuffy nose, and then two weeks ago it got pretty bad. She was having trouble breathing through her nose (babies are "obligate nose breathers" so they won't breath through their mouth except when crying or when they are forced to), which made sleeping a huge challenge. She would fall asleep, and then wake up soon after because she'd choke on her snot or not be able to breath at all. We asked the midwives, who gave us some solutions and then told us to follow up with my doctor since we were "graduating" from their care a few days later. We then followed up with another doctor from the office (since mine wasn't working that day), and he gave us the same advice and told us to follow up in a week. (The advice was saline drops in her nose, suck out the mucous with a bulb thing, and use a humidifier). Everyone agreed that she wasn't sick, just congested.
When I followed up again with my doctor this Tuesday, she was immediately concerned with how much she had to struggle to breathe. (Side note: I love my doctor. She is amazing. She always takes things seriously, she has called me from her own home twice, she asks opinions, and is generally awesome.) She brought another doctor from the office in for a second opinion, and they both thought I should go to emergency to make sure there wasn't a blockage in her airway. At this point, I wasn't really TOO worried, and to be honest I was a little relived that I could take action to find a solution. It has been exhausting dealing with Zoey in terms of sleep. Otherwise, she is happy, but to hear her breathe just breaks my heart.
|Noise machine = awesome!|
So now we wait for her to grow and hope that it gets better every day!
Has anyone had scary hospital experiences? This was pretty minor in the grand scheme of things...