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Waiting it out…

Posted Nov 16 2011 12:38pm

Hello friends! These last few days have been very hard on Ava. Her lungs have really taken a hit from this cold. Monday night her oxygen levels were running 94-96. (Not horrible but also not Ava.) Her heart rate was also quite high. This made me very worried. She also coughed harder than I’ve ever heard her cough. It didn’t seem to let up. She complained of her lungs hurting. I took her back to the doctor yesterday and we debated putting her in the hospital. She could use a little oxygen to help her lungs heal. This is a hard decision. We know that with her being on steroids her immune system is down. We decided to give her a very strong antibiotic shot called Rocephin. It fights many bad bugs with the respiratory system. I strongly feel the need to stay on top of Ava’s natural body warnings to me. I then took her for an x ray. We learned that she did definitely have Bronchitis. Her left lung showed a few white areas but no pneumonia. Our decision so far has been to wait this out at home. Last night she seemed a bit better. We were finally able to get a few hours of sleep. Her oxygen levels were a tiny bit better and her heart rate had dropped as well. I’m keeping my eye on her and listening to my heart.

Please pray that Ava can kick this at home. We don’t want her to tire out. She is eating and drinking so this is a very positive thing. She has ‘false’ energy from the steroids, so she feels like doing things but we warn her it is not ‘real’ energy and her body MUST rest. We need healing prayers for her lungs. Her new dog is very concerned about her. He sleeps by and with her on the couch during the day. She loves him so much.

Thanks for your messages of support and your prayers. They really are very much appreciated.

Here is Ava and Frankie this morning…

Ava cold collage

~Terri

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