We did our best with hand washing and staying close to home but the inevitable happened - Veronica got sick. It started with a mild cough yesterday which evolved into a stronger, more consistent cough this morning. Eventually, her breathing sounded like that of a purring kitten. So off to the pediatrician we went where she was diagnosed with bronchiolitis, which is basically an inflammation of the airways in her lungs. Bronchiolitis is often caused by RSV but when they tested Veronica she came back negative which was a huge relief. (Even though she had her Synagis shot this week, I am still terrified of RSV.) The doctor recommended a nebulizer treatment which took about 10 minutes - she fussed a little bit but overall she was such a trooper. I guess she figured 10 minutes of a nebulizer treatment is nothing compared to almost four months on CPAP.
Bronchiolitis tends to last from 7 - 10 days so unfortunately, the worst might still be ahead of us. We were given a nebulizer to take home and a prescription for albuterol. Hopefully, the two will provide some ongoing relief over the next few days. Poor Veronica - after everything she has been through, I just hate seeing her sick. Please say some prayers that she gets better soon!