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Friday, January 30, 2009

RSV shots

After finally receiving the "ok" from our insurance company, a nurse from Woman's Hospital's Home Health Care came out today to administer the RSV shot to all three of our babies. In case you don't know what RSV is or stands for, I will add a description below this post.

Of course we had to complete all kinds of paperwork first and I felt like I signed my life away as usual. Unbelievable how many signatures are required especially when you have triplets since EVERYTHING has to be done separately for each baby. After completing the papers, the nurse then checked the babies' vital signs and weights. And here are their new weights at 6 weeks:

Tyler: 8 pounds 13 ounces (5lbs4oz at birth)
Julie: 6 pounds 11 ounces (3lbs12oz at birth)
Noah: 7 pounds 11 ounces (4lbs5oz at birth)

I am pretty sure the pediatrician will take them all off the 22 calorie formula at their next visit since they are gaining weight extremely well. I won't complain since it is very difficult to find!

After all three babies were checked and weighed, the nurse then administered the shot. They all cried for about 10 seconds which broke my heart (I can't stand seeing any of my babies in pain!) but fortunately they all got their pacifier dunked into some sugar water which made their shots a little "sweeter." Of course there's not such thing as making any shot sweeter but it put my mind at ease. After about 5 or so minutes, the nurse checked the babies' temperatures and heart rates and left us with some sleepy but hungry babies. I am happy to report that they are all doing well and you couldn't even tell they got such a "big" shot today!

RSV:

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. RSV causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages. In adults, it may only produce symptoms of a common cold, such as a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever, and a general feeling of being ill. But RSV infections can lead to other more serious illnesses in premature babies and kids with diseases that affect the lungs, heart, or immune system.
RSV is highly contagious, and can be spread through droplets containing the virus when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also live on surfaces such as countertops or doorknobs, and on hands and clothing. RSV can be easily spread when a person touches an object or surface contaminated with the virus. The infection can spread rapidly through schools and child-care centers. Infants often get it when older kids carry the virus home from school and pass it to them. Almost all kids are infected with RSV at least once by the time they are 2 years old.
RSV infections often occur in epidemics that last from late fall through early spring. Respiratory illness caused by RSV — such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia — usually lasts about a week, but some cases may last several weeks. Doctors typically diagnose RSV by taking a medical history and doing a physical exam. Generally, in healthy kids, it's not necessary to distinguish RSV from a common cold. But in cases where a child has other health conditions, a doctor might want to make a specific diagnosis. RSV is typically identified in nasal secretions, which can be collected either with a cotton swab or by suction through a bulb syringe.

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