Hospital Visit

It’s been a rough week or two.  Jasper started having breathing problems last week and we ended up making a 2am visit to the emergency room. After 5 breathing treatments in just a few hours, and a very hyperactive toddler from all the meds, he was still wheezing. So at 7am he was admitted to the hospital and ended up staying in the pediatric ward. In total he was in the hospital about two days.  It was surprising because he hasn’t really had any asthma problems before. We aren’t sure what spurred it. It could have been related to a cold or to allergies. But we had wanted to have him allergy tested for while now so we are moving forward with that.

Despite what you are probably all thinking, Jasper found the hospital to be a wonderful and exciting adventure. Both Petra and Jasper love the hospital – which I would chalk up to the great nurses.

Jasper attached very quickly to his first respiratory nurse. The male nurse delivered about three breathing treatments to him and Jasper loved him. We were sitting in the room together waiting, because that’s what you do in the emergency room, and his nurse walked by. Jasper started yelling “That’s my man…I need my man. I need medicine!” I guess he didn’t know what to call him, the rest of the few hours he referred to his nurses as “my man” (which he only had male nurses) and was very possessive of them. Randomly he would blurt out, “I need my man.” And he just loved when they came in and talked to him. And he followed their directions perfectly and happily, even when he had his nose swabbed for the RSV virus. They were amazed at how great he was in following directions and listening.

One of the female nurses came in and spent some time talking to him and said she couldn’t believe how expansive his vocabulary was…which if you know our children Jasper is not the one you would consider the talker. But he is now speaking in sentences all the time.

Later she saw him jump and was in total shock. She came up to me and said, “Did he just jump with both feet off the ground? That’s incredible – I used to work with development needs of young children and he is so advanced.” She was really impressed when she saw him jump about 10 times is sequence with both feet off the ground. Then she asked him if he could stand on one leg – and he happily showed her he could and stood there for about 5 seconds on one leg. Of course these are all things he practices in gymnastics. She wanted to know what else he could do – so I had him show her how he could do handstands also.

So all the nurses came and talked to him. One of the nurses even saluted him! Within a few hours he was known around the ward for being very active, and also smart.

Once we made it up to the pediatric ward (this was after not sleeping any that night) he asked the nurse for some cars and they quickly found him some to play with. He really loves cars–he even sleeps with a couple cars every night.

The second day at the hospital one of the nurses brought him a wagon to ride in. So I ended up pulling him around in that wagon most the morning. And of course, he was climbing on everything and scaring all the nurses and doctors; they were so scared he was going to fall. They would probably freak if they saw the 10 foot ladders he climbs each week.

So for two days one of us was at the hospital with him around the clock. And Petra, who is used to having him around all the time (they are best buddies after all) was suddenly without her daily playmate.

We are back home now and his breathing issues are on the mend. He has daily breathing treatments three times each day. But that is only for a week, so he will be done soon. Unfortunately, I’m very sick and I think he is picking it up now.

But he is still climbing. He climbed and jumped all over a woodpile outside this past weekend. Here is a picture of him sliding down it.

And this weekend, we were all impressed to see him pick up a razor scooter and start riding it. It came so naturally to him. We didn’t have to show him how it worked at all, he just picked up and started going down the street – no problems. I wish I would have had my camera around to take a photo. It’s not often you see a young 2-year-old so mobile.

But since I don’t have a picture of that, here is a picture of him doing a headstand on his bed. I was trying to put him down for the night, he thought it was a lot more fun to flip up on his head.

Thomas took him to the doctor on Monday for a follow-up appointment. They were gone for a few hours. When they got back home Petra ran up to Jasper and said “I missed you so much” and gave him a big hug.

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