On October 18, 2003, one day over my due date, I gave birth to my fourth
child, first son, Donald III (Trip). He was 6 lbs. 14 oz. and 20 inches
long. Healthy pregnancy, healthy baby.
Last March, Trip
was five months old. He had a little cold, which is pretty normal in
our house. We didn't think much about it until a couple of nights later.
He would drink a bottle of formula, start choking, and gasp for air.
He couldn't keep the formula down. In the evening he would begin to
son Bryce was born on November twenty-first, 2000. He completed our
family, which consisted of, Alexis 7, Tyler 6, and Emily fifteen mos.
His older siblings were in 1st grade and 2nd grade, so any germs they
came in contact with, they brought home to the two younger children.
Luckily, at that point, I was a stay at home mom. I thought we were
in the clear regarding RSV, figuring, that the older children wouldn’t
pick up the virus. I was extremely wrong.
My son Tyler was
the one who brought the RSV virus home in February. Shortly after his
symptoms began, my daughter Emily started to sound congested and began
wheezing. I immediately brought both of them to our family doctor. He
took a sample of their mucous discharge from their nostrils and tested
it for RSV. The test was positive. Tyler was fine within ten days, Emily
needed to be on the nebulizer for a very brief period. Bryce at this
point was only three months old. He wouldn’t be as lucky as the
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