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DS's Dad in intensive care.

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CalmingLava Sun 14-Apr-13 08:35:36

Ds's dad and I have been apart for 2 1/2 years now, but we've still kept a good friendship, in fact i'd say he's my best friend. Everyone always comments on how well we've done managing to stay friends and I'm really close with his whole family, they're like my 2nd family.

He started feeling rubbish last friday, and then came out in a rash which was diagnosed at Scarlet Fever. It got worse and worse, and was then diagnosed as measles. He was kept at home as they said he was the worst he could be, and that he'd start getting better. On friday evening he started having difficulty breathing, and was blue lighted to A & E. He was diagnosed that night with pneumonia in both lungs, and was having to use an oxygen mask all the time to breathe. I think he was in real danger that night, but he then started to get better.

Over night tho he's been admitted to Intensive Care. His temp is sky high and his breathing and heart rate are really high. They don't know yet if it's viral or bacterial pneumonia.

Fuck. I'm terrified. I'm trying to keep calm and normal for DS (3). We live on our own, but last night we stayed at my mum's as i just couldn't face pacing around my house all evening on my own. We took DS out for the day yesterday to do lots of fun things, and are going to do the same today. He is picking up on it tho, and i told him that Daddy is poorly in hospital as i didn't want him hearing it from anyone else. ExP's grandma has recently died, so I think DS is thinking that Daddy might also go up into the stars, as his Great Grandma was poorly for a long time before she died.

I just want to wake up and have this all been a really bad nightmare.

Sorry for the long ramble, it's good to get it all out as i'm trying to so hard to be normal for DS. Fuck sad

digerd Sun 14-Apr-13 09:01:22

So sorry to hear this, but as he is young and having the best care in hospital, he should come through this.
Hope you have better news today.

Madsometimes Sun 14-Apr-13 16:56:38

I have no experience of this, but didn't want to not answer.

Hopefully DS's dad will turn a corner today with all the help that ICU can provide. It must be terrifying for you though. Stay strong for your ds, and remember you all have the collective thoughts and prayers of MN flying your way.

gingeroots Sun 14-Apr-13 17:07:13

So sorry that you're going through this , it must be so frightening .

He really will get the absolute best care in ICU .

Thinking of you . x

NotTreadingGrapes Sun 14-Apr-13 20:43:15

Hope that you have had some better news by now and he is getting better. flowers

CalmingLava Sun 14-Apr-13 21:21:32

Thanks everyone. He is still needing an oxygen mask to breathe and is on a paracetamol and morphine drip, but apparently has made an improvement this afternoon. His mum is the only one who can visit and she says he seems to have turned a corner in just a few hours. Such a relief, although the worry is still there.

Madsometimes Sun 14-Apr-13 21:36:14

That is good news. When dd2 had bronchiolitis, it took about a week to wean her off the oxygen, so it could be quite a while before he is ready to go home.

Have the hospital been able to confirm if his pneumonia is a complication of measles?

digerd Mon 15-Apr-13 11:08:27

Scarlet Fever used to be a real danger to children in the 1940/50s. But due to the later immunisation jabs, it became extinct. Obviously it is back as the drs thought he had it?

So pleased to hear he has turned a corner- presumably his fever has gone down at last.

I also feel for your ex's mum.

Hope he gets rapidly better now.

Dawndonna Mon 15-Apr-13 11:12:55

I hope things continue to improve.

CalmingLava Tue 16-Apr-13 20:08:42

They eventually managed to bring his temp down, after packing him with ice blocks! He's off ICU now, thank goodness!

Thank you for your messages and sorry for the delayed reply, I did read your messages x

digerd Tue 16-Apr-13 20:50:36

Thanks for taking the time to update. Thank goodness the iceblocks did the trick.

financialwizard Tue 16-Apr-13 20:57:07

Very relieved for you. My husband had pneumonia 5 years ago and was in hospital for 3 weeks. It was a very scarey time but his lung capacity has been back to normal for a year or so now.

magso Wed 17-Apr-13 08:46:04

That is better news. Hope he continues to improve and gets home soon.

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