Tuesday, January 8, 2013

RSV sucks!!!

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. It's so common that most children have been infected with the virus by age 2. Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus can also infect adults.

In adults and older, healthy children, the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus are mild and typically mimic the common cold. Self-care measures are usually all that's needed to relieve any discomfort.

Infection with respiratory syncytial virus can be severe in some cases, especially in premature babies and infants with underlying health conditions. RSV can also become serious in older adults, adults with heart and lung diseases, or anyone with a very weak immune system (immunocompromised).

So Riley is still dealing with the RSV and will be for a few weeks. It will take up to 6 weeks for it to fully clear her system. Today has been about helping her rest and many visits from the Respiratory Therapist to make sure Riley is clearing the gunk out and able to heal from this illness.

PT/OT has been put on hold for now as she needs to get better from this first. We did start with them yesterday though and we're learning many new things we'll be doing with our baby girl. Riley responded well and we now know certain positions to help put her in to aide in her strengthening of her muscles etc. After just 3 days in a coma anyone child/adult begins to atrophe so she will definitley be working hard to regain the muscle strength she's lost.

Through her coughing spells today though, she's really been working on her tummy muscles and strengthening her core :)

We're still on the PICU floor for the immediate future and we're fine here for now. The nurses here and really all staff in general are fabulous. We've been given some verbal tools to use once they discuss floor transfer in the next couple days to help us possibly secure a more private room.

I'll be here tonight so will probably post a more detailed update then. For now I want to share with you something Dave and his friend Victor have been working on. If you don't know I attended USC (University of Southern California) for undergrad. The moto is Fight On! Being part of the Trojan family has been such a wonderful experience for my family and so along with the Team Riley logo they came up with this:

They ran a short run of these shirts yesterday and we are wearing them with pride. Even Logan got one!

If you'd like one we'd like to get you one and just ask you pay shipping. We'd also like you to take a picture wearing your shirt and email it to us. We'll put a book together at some point so we can show Riley ALL the people pulling for her. This is a way we can say thank you to ALL of you near and far who have been praying, keeping Riley in your thoughts, emailing, messaging, calling, texting, posting, adding Riley to prayer groups, sending sweet notes and gifts etc.

So either leave a comment or send me a message through here with the size you'd like and address you'd like it sent to. Leave your email address and we'll update you when they are ready and where to paypal the money, if you live outside of CA, for shipping. We'll find someone to mail the shirts out for us sometime late next week.

Hope you enjoy the design/moto as much as we do! We're Team Riley and she'll continue to Fight On!

Dave, Megan, Logan, Mason and Courageous Riley
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  1. Megan you're an amazingly strong woman and mother. It was a pleasure to meet you the other day and we continue to pray for you and your family. <3 Kristen F.

  2. Camp Eilers would like some!! I hate asking for 5 w/out paying for em...

  3. I would love one so we can support Riley better! I'm a small but we can work with anything. I would like to make another donation as well for you all. Our family is praying for her every night!!!

  4. Definitely want some shirts...i fb messaged you, megan about them!!! I can drive ti pick up shirts for the drudge/eilers/thomas/snyder clan!!! And we will pay for our shirts...no question!!! I am free in the morning the next two days...let me know the info!!! Kiss that lil miss for me!!!! GO TEAM RILEY!!!!!!