Hmmm, the title sums up our first 3 days of March perfectly!! Here's where it begins! My kids have been having runny nose, cough for a few days but nothing bad. We have not been sick all winter for the first time ever... Until Monday, 2/27, Briggs starts running fever and getting more congested sounding. Usually not a big deal, but I do get a little more concerned about him since he's had pneumonia before. Piper acts kind of sickly too and by 5 pm, I decide to take them to the after hours clinic our pediatricians run because I think maybe it's strep. Go, spend two hours, nothing! They tested Briggs for flu but it was negative and I was told Piper had a cold. Briggs is running about 101 fever. Ok, ok I'm an over reactive mom I guess! So, Tuesday comes and Briggs isn't better. He is running a 99-102 fever depending on the time of day. And, he's just puny! Then, Wednesday hits...his breathing is more and more labored. Just feels badly. Piper, all along, is fine. She has a runny nose and a slight cough but is active and has an appetite! Totally opposite of Briggs! So, Wednesday I decide to give it one more day and I'd definitely take him to the doctor on Thursday (March 1st). Wednesday night, his breathing was so bad I barely slept. I kept waking up to check on him. His breathing was in and out, in and out...rapid breathing. Scary!! So, drop Piper off at school and we head to doctor. Long story, short she checks him for RSV and he's got it along with a double ear infection...BUT, she says it is a mild case of RSV and none of her patients have been hospitalized this year but it has been rampant. Don't worry, but do call if his breathing gets to be 50-60 breaths a minute. She prescribed an antibiotic for the ears and breathing treatments for his lungs considering he's had pneumonia before. So we leave and let me just tell you for about 24 hours he has hardly been able to keep his eyes open fully and he just wants me. Keep that in mind. Also, I meant to ask her to check his oxygen levels but forgot. Great mom, huh! So we leave, he sleeps in car, we pick up sister, he sleeps in car, play outside, he just wants to sleep. I notice around 4:30 pm his breathing is very labored. Count over and over...52-56 breaths a minute. Call office. Nurse is rude and acts like I am over reacting! Lovely. Doctor instructs her to tell me to increase breathing treatments to every hour and call her after 3 hours. I do. Does not get better. He falls asleep after last breathing treatment in my lap sitting up! Call the after hours line. Nurse calls me. She calls doctor. Doctor tells her to tell me to go to ER. I'm thinking we will go and get some oxygen and come home. NO! We were admitted and stayed two nights. By the time we got to the ER he had fallen asleep sitting up in the car so he was breathing less rapidly and his oxygen count was at 90 in the ER but I know it was lower at home because it was much more rapid before we left. That evening in the hospital his oxygen did dip to 82 so he had to get the nasal oxygen thing in his nose. It was sad. His 'mild' case of RSV progressed quickly! And, too top off the ear infections and RSV, he had pneumonia!! Poor baby!