Alright, here's the latest: we did end up taking William in to the ER on the 30th, but they did not have to admit him. They gave him another round of antibiotics and another steroid. Yesterday we took him back to his doctor for a recheck. He put William on a 3rd round of antibiotics, continued the steroid, and added an inhaled steroid, along with his regular nebulizer treatments. The good news is that William is not getting worse. The bad news is that he's not getting better, either. We can't let him continue in this weakened condition. I'm always cautious about medications and the side effects they can have and I hate for him to be on antibiotics for so long, but there is also an increased risk of complications from not being able to breathe well for an extended period of time. Next Monday we go back to his doctor for another recheck. If he's not better he will have to be admitted for a more intensive treatment.
Thank you for the continued prayers. Another prayer request: we need a respiratory percussion mallet. His doctor wrote a prescription for one, but we haven't been able to find it. We've called all of the med supply stores in this area, but nobody carries one. I'm trying hospitals and supply stores throughout the state today. Prayerfully we will be able to find one and it will help to break up the junk in his lungs.
"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." Psalm 18:2