9.22.2009

Nile update

Yesterday we took Nile to our doctor. In Ethiopia we were told he had an upper respiratory infection, so we wanted to get that checked out. We got to the Dr. and he weighed 8lbs 10oz, he gained 2 oz since we got him a week ago. Our Dr. didn't like the sound of his lungs and sent us to the hospital for a chest X-Ray. The X-ray showed a mild case of pneumonia. They gave him a shot of antibiotic and sent us home with oral antibiotics. Our Dr. also gave us high calorie formula to fatten him up. Developmentally he is on track with a newborn. He just needs some nourishment and love!!

Today we went for a recheck he had gained another 2oz. The Dr. was a little concerned with his heart rate and oxygen levels but thought overall he was improving. He seems more alert, has no fever and is eating great. He just has a pitiful cough.

We will go tomorrow for another check up. I am so grateful for American doctors and technology. I am thankful God got us to Ethiopia when he did b/c pneumonia there is deadly.

Today is the first day I have felt somewhat normal. Last night I went to bed at 7:30pm convinced I was getting the flu but after resting I felt better. Never realized how bad you can feel from lack of sleep. I sleep a couple of hours per night in Ethiopia. It was nuts. The walls of the guest home seem very thin. You can hear everything outside. Lots of dogs barking, music, cars, Muslim prayer chants, ect.... I am so grateful that we have meals coming from friends b/c I cannot even think about cooking right now. My head is spinning still and I may harm my family if I tried to cook :)

2 comments:

Michael, Adrian, Cole said...

So glad to hear that Nile continues to improve. I talked with you mom for a bit this morning...we were both helping to renovate a homeless shelter in Gallatin. She's such a proud grandma!

Erica said...

I'm glad you were able to get him home and medical attention. If you don't mind sharing, what formula did your physician put him on? Ours has told us high calorie but didn't specify a type other than 200 calories. If you want, you can e-mail me at etr2002@bellsouth.net

Thanks,
Erica

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