Update on Gus

by Kelsey Norwood

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Thank you all for your kind comments and well-wishes. Gus is doing fine now, but it was a crazy week! (These pictures were all taken after he was doing much better.)


We took him to the ER last Saturday because he was having difficulty breathing. Technically, he was “retracting” (look that up on YouTube if you’re curious. It’s awful.) The intake nurse at the ER took us straight back after looking at Gus and a doctor and a bunch of nurses swarmed us and went to work on him. Talk about scary! I had to grit my teeth and breathe slowly to keep myself together.


We eventually moved to the pediatric floor and he was stabilized but not getting any better. At about 11:00 on Saturday night, his oxygen level dropped from 100 to 50 and he got really bad. He was barely breathing at all and working extremely hard for each tiny breathe he was able to take. We had a room full of people working on him trying to get him stabilized again. They were ready to life flight him to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake. Fortunately, he kept breathing on his own and slowly got better throughout the night. He was still retracting and struggling to breathe by Sunday morning, but his heart rate had dropped from about 200 beats per minute to about 150. He was still on LOTS of oxygen, but his respiratory rate was not in the danger zone.


Fortunately, after Saturday, the worst was over and he slowly got better. He had several things working against him – RSV, pneumonia, and asthma. His asthma is worse than normal for a baby his age and wasn’t being treated at all until he got really bad because they didn’t know that was an issue. I should have told them, but I didn’t really know it was an issue either. Now I do!

By Monday afternoon he was much more himself, although still on oxygen and needing IV fluids.


We got to come home from the hospital on Tuesday morning. He and Elliott both had fevers later in the week. Boyd got the stomach flu and then I had it on Saturday night. I think we’ve gotten everything there is to get and we should be healthy for the rest of the winter. I hope…

Anyway, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Stay healthy!


1 FoxyJ February 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

We had a similar thing happen with my daughter when she was about 19 months old–it got bad because I didn’t know what retracting or wheezing were. She just seemed like she had a bad cold and was very tired–thankfully I decided to take her in to the doctor. A few months later she ended up in the hospital for a few more days after getting a cold again (that time was in July–so even summer isn’t always safe!). After that we got a nebulizer and were more proactive about treating any respiratory illness. Now she’s six-and-a-half and hasn’t wheezed for a few years; hopefully he’ll get healthier as he gets bigger. I’m glad he’s doing better!

2 amber February 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Awww, he’s so precious. I’m sending Gus and your family good thoughts, love, and prayers!

3 Barbara H. February 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Poor little guy — and Mama! I’m glad he’s better. Hope everything is looking up now.

4 Gina L. February 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

So glad to hear he is doing better. I can’t imagine what you were going through! He’s a trooper!

5 Sharon February 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

So glad things are better! Thank you for posting pictures of his improvement !! Nice to see the big smile–and the little teeth!!–in the last one!

6 Amy February 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

So Scary! Good to see him smiling and feeling better! Hope it gets better from here on out! What a horrible week!

7 Aunt LoLo February 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Oh my goodness….so glad he’s home now!

8 Dana February 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Sorry I didn’t comment sooner. Glad he is doing better!!
You were and are still in my thoughts and prayers.

9 angie February 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

how completely terrifying! SO glad all is going to be OK!

10 Angie February 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

Poor Gus! Hope he continues to improve!

11 Kimberly R February 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

So glad to hear he is doing better.

12 Cheryl W. February 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Oh my goodness, I am so glad that Gus is feeling much better. Ahhh, look at that little toofy smile. Wow, it is so scary when one of our little ones become so sick. So happy that he has fully recovered though. He is a keeper for sure.

13 Kelsey February 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Thanks everyone. He is doing so much better. I hope you and yours can stay healthy!

14 Roberta February 3, 2010 at 6:03 am

How very scary! Glad to hear Gus is doing much better. My little guy is almost 2 and keeps having bouts of “reactive airways”. Not diagnosed yet as asthma but I’m afraid thats where its going. Every time he get a cold (which is frequently) he gets a cough and need to be on the nebulizer. Breaks my heart to see little ones so sick.

15 Laurie James February 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Wow, this contest brought me here but this story grabbed me. I have cystic fibrosis and I know how scary it is to not be able to breath. I am so happy his outcome was good. He looks so sweet, it had to be a hard ordeal for you. Sounds like you have really been put through the ringer with all the sickness. God bless you and your family.

16 jengd February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

WOW! I’m so glad he’s feeling better and I’m hoping all of the bugs are through and gone from your house! We were lucky and only dealt with one thing at a time with our son- RSV, coxsackie, colds, ear infections, etc. Never a stack of things at once like that! Fingers crossed you don’t go through any of it again!

17 Tricia @Night Owl mama February 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Oh my gosh. {{HUGS}} I’ve been there before. My daughter was in the hospital for a week with RSV I was out of my mind with worry. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

Prayers for your little sweet heart. Hope he’s doing better soon.
sound like your having such a rough time. HUGS hope the BUG is gone soon.

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