The best laid plans

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Robert Burns

To a mouse, 1785

Forgive the melodrama of opening and titling the post with that poem, but it’s been a really rough 24 hours.

Ellie brought home some pre-school cold plague last week.  No big.  Everyone got it, which was irritating, but again, no big.  Until Rhiannon started wheezing and struggling to breathe last night.

I brought her to the Children’s Hospital, where she was admitted and eventually tested positive for RSV and brochioloitis.  RSV is a nasty virus that made the rest of us mildly sick and Rhiannon more seriously so.  Bronchioloitis is a respiratory infection that causes swelling in the air passageways, making it hard for young babies in particular to breathe.  She is being given nebulizer treatments every 4 hours, which have helped dramatically. We are very lucky that her chest X-ray came back negative for pneumonia and that the nebulizer is working.  With luck she’ll go home tomorrow night or Thursday, barring deterioration of her condition.


Rhi getting a nebulizer treatment

BUT…

She will be unable to fly as scheduled.

We are considering two game plans.  If her health stabilizes, we are looking at flying home on the 31rst and staying for two weeks.  Otherwise, we will wait until the end of January for Chinese New Year. Other factors that will influence our decision will be the ticket change fees and cost differentials.

So, no Christmas in Boston.  Hopefully New Years in Boston, though.

We will keep you posted on her health and our flight plans as thing develop.  Posting may be erratic or non existant until Rhi is out of the hospital…the internet here doesn’t work, and Ravi has set up a remote access point using my phone, which while working is not necessarily a stable connection.

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8 Responses to The best laid plans

  1. Waaaah. Hope she’s feeling better and discharged soonest. Those rattly baby coughs just break your heart, don’t they?
    Hopefully the airlines won’t penalize you since you have a documented medical reason. You can surely get a note from your doctor that says you cannot travel until _________ (whenever you want to travel).
    Hang in there!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks, Nancy.

      Not sure what will happen given the medical reason…although it won’t count for R and E changing their tickets as we weren’t originally flying together. Once we have an idea of when she can travel, we’ll have a chat with the airline and see what can be done.

      My biggest challenge at this point is surviving the sleep chair…ouch!

  2. I’m so sorry Rhi is sick, but I’m glad that the treatments are so effective. I hope you still make it for New Year’s!

  3. Dawn says:

    Get well soon, Rhi! And we will hopefully see you all after the New Year’s (we won’t be in Boston for Christmas either – we’re going to the West Coast).

  4. Kate says:

    Awww man, so sorry to hear about this, but glad to hear that Rhi is doing ok. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and a fun trip home soon. Happy holidays!

  5. bookjunkie says:

    Oh no….poor little darling. So sorry to hear this. I hope Rhi recovers soon and you all make it for your Christmas home. I am sure all her relatives back home must be longing to hold her.

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