Day two has been good and pretty uneventful. Dr. Haddad came in this morning and told Maddy she only has to be here for 8 doses of the ribavirin so that puts her out of here Saturday morning or afternoon. He has also decided to give her a course of IV steroids while she is here... so there is that. Maddy is not looking forward to the steroid rage. And neither am I.
Dr. Haddad also mentioned that RSV causes the lining of your lungs to die but then it regenerates. That explains the nasty sounding cough. He said its best to get it all coughed out so they have her doing the old fashioned CF airway clearance a few times a day as well. No big deal and easy enough to do.
The upside of the ribavirin is that the following sign is on the door. Which keeps it quiet in the room.
I was able to get some sleep and get back here this morning before they placed her IV. It was a one stick hit so Maddy was very happy about that. She seems to be feeling much better already. She has been sitting up chatting with me all day and does not have a fever any more so that part is all over. Now it's just a matter of her getting past this cough and head congestion. The doc said she would feel much better by the end of the ribavirin.
So that's about it. The next hurdle is to find her something she can eat. As usual the hospital food will not cut it. So the next 2 hour ribavirin treatment I will go shopping at Publix to stock her up for the next few days. Did I mention nobody can be in her room during the 2 hour treatment? Conner will be here this evening to hang out with her so I'll go home again. Then I have to work tomorrow. Oh yeah, she will get released from the hospital right in the middle of a pirate invasion. Wish me luck picking her up at the height of the Gasparilla Parade!