Aly’s Pneumonia Scare

Aly was first diagnosed with asthma when she was just a baby. It was a scary diagnosis because as a parent you want your baby to be healthy. We saw the pediatrician regularly and was able to get her on a treatment plan and live a somewhat normal childhood. We did have instances where her medication would not work but we would have to go to the ER for breathing treatments. Usually those visits we’re relatively short and we knew what to expect. She would be checked in through triage usually taken back to a room quickly and immediately start breathing treatments. We were always able to leave the same day though. One day when she was 5 years old it changed. She had had a cold that she’d been fighting off for several days. Whenever she gets a cold or illness she usually would have a breathing treatment and would recover, but on this day the breathing treatments at home were not working and in the evening I noticed she was having a hard time breathing. My husband and I immediately loaded her in the car and took her to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We were taken back into the treatment room and the nurses noticed her struggling to breathe. They immediately started breathing treatments and she had several of them within a couple of hours, but unfortunately those were not working. She was admitted and we were told after testing that she had bacterial pneumonia. This was a very scary diagnosis. She was in the hospital for 4 days and nobody was allowed in the room without full gown and masks. The first couple days were rough but the nurses we’re great and reassured us that she would recover. After round-the-clock care and breathing treatments she started feeling like herself again. The best part for her was that her Uncle Jim is a Respiratory Therapist there and was able to come check on her. This reassurance from him meant the world to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better team of nurses, nurses assistants and doctors. After the treatment started working and started feeling like herself again, I felt a huge sense of relief. I’ll never forgot those long days and nights we spent with her. The staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital made our scary hospital stay a little bit better. I’m so glad for their help in making my baby girl better. I know how lucky we are because the combo of pneumonia and asthma could have been devastating. Thank you to all the staff for your hard work and treating us like family!
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Aly was first diagnosed with asthma when she was just a baby. It was a scary diagnosis because as a parent you want your baby to be healthy. We saw the pediatrician regularly and was able to get her on a treatment plan and live a somewhat normal childhood. We did have instances where her medication would not work but we would have to go to the ER for breathing treatments. Usually those visits we’re relatively short and we knew what to expect. She would be checked in through triage usually taken back to a room quickly and immediately start breathing treatments. We were always able to leave the same day though. One day when she was 5 years old it changed. She had had a cold that she’d been fighting off for several days. Whenever she gets a cold or illness she usually would have a breathing treatment and would recover, but on this day the breathing treatments at home were not working and in the evening I noticed she was having a hard time breathing. My husband and I immediately loaded her in the car and took her to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We were taken back into the treatment room and the nurses noticed her struggling to breathe. They immediately started breathing treatments and she had several of them within a couple of hours, but unfortunately those were not working. She was admitted and we were told after testing that she had bacterial pneumonia. This was a very scary diagnosis. She was in the hospital for 4 days and nobody was allowed in the room without full gown and masks. The first couple days were rough but the nurses we’re great and reassured us that she would recover. After round-the-clock care and breathing treatments she started feeling like herself again. The best part for her was that her Uncle Jim is a Respiratory Therapist there and was able to come check on her. This reassurance from him meant the world to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better team of nurses, nurses assistants and doctors. After the treatment started working and started feeling like herself again, I felt a huge sense of relief. I’ll never forgot those long days and nights we spent with her. The staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital made our scary hospital stay a little bit better. I’m so glad for their help in making my baby girl better. I know how lucky we are because the combo of pneumonia and asthma could have been devastating. Thank you to all the staff for your hard work and treating us like family!

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