Sunday’s trip to the hospital

24232636_759861987534421_4588612607799772749_nWe spent last night in the hospital. Miguel has been sick with fever, cough and cold for three days now. When I saw that his temperature rose to 39.8 C, I knew we had to rush him to emergency before he seizes.

At about 10:30 pm, I bundled up Miguel and we rushed him to the Children’s Hospital. On our way there, he was coughing so hard and I could tell that he had difficulty catching every breath.

In the hospital, I was happy to see that his pediatrician was the doctor on duty because I didn’t have to answer a lot of questions and explain his medical issues. What’s also good was that we were seen by her just a few minutes after arriving. She immediately ordered ventolin to be administered to Miguel and it helped a bit in his breathing. But it didn’t do as much as we wanted to see.

So, his pediatrician gave him dexamethasone to further help in clearing his airways. My husband and I were told that we had to wait about four hours before the medicine take full effect and she can decide to either send us home or get admitted. She said that had Miguel not have other medical issues such as epilepsy, she would have just sent us home and told to wait it out.

But, yes, we all wanted to be confident that we would be in the hospital in case he has another major seizure where he would be needing all the equipment and medicines he needed last time.

After four hours, Miguel’s breathing was still difficult so she said we better stay in the hospital. She said they needed to monitor him and in case his breathing worsens, they would give him oxygen.

Thankfully, after about three hours, his breathing got better and we were told we could go home. He is still coughing and has runny nose. I guess it will still be for another day or two. In the meantime, I will have to watch closely over him so we wouldn’t have any major medical scare again.

We’re definitely housebound this coming week.




I am a full-time mom to four beautiful kids -- three girls and a boy. My youngest child, Miguel, has microcephaly. He was diagnosed when he was two months old. Since then, other symptoms surface such as seizures, global developmental delay, low muscle tone and neurological disorders. His doctors have not really determined the disorder causing his symptoms so it's been my quest to do my own research and help his doctors come to a final diagnosis. I started this blog to share with others lessons I've learned along the way.

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