Friday, June 11, 2010
Ian's First Trip to the ER
Last night Ian choked while eating supper. We were eating sloppy joes, macaroni and cheese and green beans. Ian started coughing a little bit, stopped, started chewing a little bit more and then totally stopped everything. He literally was not breathing, coughing, ANYTHING for a few seconds. Scott grabbed him out of his high chair and tilted him head down to do back thrusts, but before he did a back thrust Ian started vomiting. He quickly recovered and didn't seem to be bothered. He asked for more food just a few minutes later. We gave him some pudding and applesauce, he ate both and seemed to be fine. A normal evening ensued. At about 11PM Ian started coughing. Scott got him and brought him in to our room. He was wheezing a bit, so he slept in our room. He was coughing often and seemed to not be sleeping well. I thought several times about taking him in to the ER, but decided not to. This morning I took him in to our local clinic. Our normal physician was booked, but there was an opening with Dr. Prihoda. I took Ian in and I am so pleased with Dr. Prihoda's care. He did a thorough exam, ordered blood work and sent Ian for xrays. Some of the xrays showed that there was some immflamation in his bronchial area. He sent us to the ER at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He said that they would do use a bronchioscope to check to see what was going on. While I had been waiting for xray results I saw on his wall a sign that said something to the effect of "Just ask, I will pray with you" and I asked him to say a prayer before we left. Ian was doing well, so he allowed me to drive him up (about a half hour drive) to the hospital. I stopped by our house to pick up some things for Ian and while we were home, he started with another coughing spell. This one was so bad that his face was getting all red and he vomited. We headed to Iowa City and Scott headed that way to meet us there. When we got there he was seen by a doctor and she didn't hear anything concerning in his lungs. They checked xrays and didn't see any cause for concern. We were able to bring Ian home with only an inhaler and were able to avoid him going under anesthesia. Praise God! I am so thankful to have a wonderful medical community in our hometown and to have a physician willing to share his faith in God to help heal his patients.