Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Scoping out Josh

This past year, Josh has had several cases of severe croup requiring a dose of steroids each time. This recurrent croup even warranted a couple of 911 calls in the middle of the night (see video below)... scary! Josh's ENT recommended, based on his history and current state, a laryngoscopy and a bronchoscopy, which was done a few days ago. His doctor showed me the pictures and even gave me a copy:
 
Just after the procedure. 
They let kiddos sleep as long as they want after these things...
unlike when we adults go through this and are forced to wake up as soon as possible.
Josh's doc told me that he found a shelf of scar tissue just beyond his vocal chords (as seen in image 003) giving him a grade 1 opening (meaning it is open only 50% of what it is supposed to be). Josh's doctor is now going to refer us to another ENT that specializes in this exact condition and will be able to give us better/more experienced advice for any future actions. I really have no idea how to proceed at this point. Josh doesn't seem to be affected by this when he is healthy, so I don't know if there is a need for correction at this point... but we'll see. His appointment with his new doctor is not until April.


Here is a video of one of his scary episodes that occured in September last year - it was the first time we called 911. His croup gets so bad that his breathing becomes severely labored, and his lips turn pale. He's had three more really scary episodes like this one since then, which is why we decided to see what the heck was going on:
video

1 comment:

The Ollila's said...

Poor baby!! It is scary to think of having a surgery of some sort, but even scarier thinking of him going through more nights like the video for several more years. I hope you have a great Dr. that will take super good care of that sweet little boy.

We sure Love you guys!!!!