After getting IV fluids through the night, Callie was very hungry and excited about eating today. But at lunch some food or drink apparently went down the wrong way and entered her lungs. By mid-afternoon she was very sick: a fast-climbing temperature, elevated heart and respiration rates, lowered blood-oxygen levels.
It was a frightening hour, during which a chest X-ray confirmed that something was in her lungs, leading to an unofficial diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia. (We don’t yet have lab results.) She started IV antibiotics right away, which along with Tylenol, seemed to calm her symptoms by bedtime.
We don’t know how what happened today will affect her overall health. We hope she will continue responding to antibiotics and respiratory therapy, and that tomorrow she will resume her trend toward better health. We also don’t know what this means for her quality of life. Is it no longer safe for her to eat and drink?
Lots of questions. We hope to find some answers tomorrow.