My 1st Experience with the new Emergency Department at Crozer Chester Medical Center

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I wanted to give you all an update on my son's condition.

 This morning, Chuckie climbed in bed with us around 5:30 a.m.  His coughing had kept him (and us) up most of the night, and his twin brother Joey had joined us in bed about 3 hours earlier, presumably to get away from Chuckie's loud coughing.  Chuck was feverish, and his head was sweaty, so I immediately knew something was really bothering him.  His breathing was shallow and rapid, and sounded raspy.  No degree of calming or soothing on our part could get him to slow his breathing down, so we called our pediatrician, who advised us to go to the Emergency Room.

When we told Chuckie that we were taking hom to the Hospital, he threw a fit, crying, "No!  I don't want the hospital!  I want to go to the doctors' office!"  This lasted for quite some time, and I did nothing to discourage it, because at least he was drawing in deeper breaths in order to repeat those two sentances.  Over and over, and over again.  He settled down once he was strapped in his car seat.

We got to the E.R, which is a brand new facility at Crozer Chester Medical Center, and just as the mini-van came up to the valet area, so did the vomit.  Fortunately, as an experienced "Mr. Mom," I had prepared for this, and had strategicly placed a towel on his lap before leaving home.   The E.R facility was very nice, and as soon as the triage nurse saw us, we were moved back into the treatment area, into a room with a placcard next to it stating, "Pediatric Asthma Treatment Bay."  I was supprised to learn that such a thing existed, but greatly comforted to know that it existed here.  If I had any worries about whether we chose the right hospital to take him to, those worries all but vanished there.

Chuck was very cooperative with the nurses and doctors, and didn't even flinch when they started the I.V.  I told him I was proud of how good he was being, and he simply smiled and nodded, seemingly too tired to talk.  He was poked, prodded, x-rayed, treated and poked some more.  We were told he likely has pneumonia, possibly complicated with asthma.  He was admitted, and is resting comfortably now, (as comfortably as a 3yr-old with an IV in his arm and a nubulizer mask on his face can be, anyway).  He seems to be responding to the treatments well.  The doctors have lead us to expect that he will be in the hospital for 3 days or more.  I will not likely be in the office this week, as Jinny and I will be taking turns at his bedside for the duration of his hospitalization.

Thanks for all your support.

Comments (12)

Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
will be praying for you and your family, Rich!
Apr 03, 2007 07:51 AM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Thanks, Leigh.  Every bit helps.

Here's the latest pic of our poor little guy:

He is responding well to the treatments, and is perking up quite nicely.  They are letting him eat and drink regularly now, and the I.V. has been removed.  His respiratory therapy is now only once every 2 hours instead of constant.  He is in good spirits, but still has a mild fever.  He got very little rest last night, and I only got a little more than that.  Jinny and I will be "tag-teaming" and rotating which of us gets to stay home with Joey at night.

I will keep you all updated, and things change.


Apr 04, 2007 01:11 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
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Rich... so sorry to hear. As Leigh said, I'll be praying for Chuckie and your family.
Apr 04, 2007 05:27 AM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Thanks Jeff, and Ken.

Here's the update:

On Wednesday, Chuckie really started to perk up.  He even got to go down the hall to the play room in the pediatrics department.  After about 15 minutes, though, he was breathing very rapidly, so we had to get him to calm down, and concentrate of breathing deeply, and slowly.  When we got back to his room, he was greeted by a bouquet of mylar baloons, tethered to a new teddy bear, graciously sent by Jinny's co-workers at Colorcon.

Pneumonia has now been ruled out.  The diagnosis is Asthma.  Because he has responded so well to treatments, he will likely be released this afternoon, and we will be given a nebulizer unit to continue treatments at home as directed by the doctors.

My experience here at Crozer-Chester Medicsal Center has been a very good one.  The nursing staff is careful and caring.  The physicians have all been responsive, and willing to take the time to explain everything to us at every step of the way.  The Respiratory Therapists have been likewise caring and kind.

The hospital also appears to recognize their limits.  A child in the bed next to Chuckie's was there for only about 4 hours before being transferred out to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, because there was a treatment available there that CCMC could not provide.  That says to me that even if a patient cannot get the specific care they need at CCMC, they act quickly to get their patients into the proper hands.  I would not hesitate to recommend CCMC to anyone who needs medical care.  I certainly will be entrusting them with my family's emergency needs from now on.

Apr 05, 2007 02:05 AM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
Update:  Chuckie was discharged Thursday afternoon.  
He'll need nebulizer treatments every 4 hours round-the-clock until further notice, and a bunch of other meds, but our little guy is home and pretty much himself.  Thank you all for your support -- this time and so many other times.

Rich, Jinny, Chuckie and Joey
Apr 06, 2007 05:28 AM
Debbi Cadwallader
RE/MAX Horizons, Inc. - Dover, DE

As a mom of two asthmatics, as well as one myself, I can empathize with you.  Stay right on top of this.  It can be a long haul, but my experience has been, along with many others, that the episodes will become less frequent.  One thing I learneed was that the kids get used to feeling short of breath and think that is normal.  It isn't and if left untreated it can cause permanent scarring in the broncial passageways.  You'll have to ask your doctors what the reading should be on the peak flow meter.  I would track that every day for a long time.

Your family will be in my prayers. 


Apr 06, 2007 03:23 PM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
Thank you Debbi.  We will be consulting with an RN on Monday for some Asthma Education.  I will be sure to ask the question about the flow meter.
Apr 07, 2007 01:55 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
Ask the RN or Respiratory Therapist about using an IS daily. Incentive Spirometer. The IS can show if used  when an attack may be imminent. I have suggested this for years to all my patients.
Apr 07, 2007 04:56 PM
Rich's dad and Judy
Glad cHUCKIE is home and on the mend. Give our love toJoe and Chuck, as well as you both. Hope to see yousoon.  Dad
Apr 08, 2007 04:56 AM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Frank:  Are you a Doctor, as well as a Realtor?  What's your prescription for an ailing market?

Pop & Judy:  thanks for checking out my blog.  (It seems so strange to me that my father is, but strange...)

Apr 08, 2007 12:11 PM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
 Chuckie received a nice bunch of baloons and a teddy bear from Jinny's employer.  He was in the bathroom when the nurse brought them in, and the first hing out of his mouth was, "Baloons!  I can share them with my brother when he comes to visit me!"  (Don't you just love the relationship that twins have?)  Jinny wrote a thank you note, and Chuckie signed it himself.  (I wish I had thought to scan the card before we sent it, because he printed his first and last name, accurately and very legibly!)  No one would believe that a three year old did it, so I took this picture of him while he was doing it, as proof.  (I appologize for the grainy image from the camera phone)
Apr 12, 2007 01:43 AM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Here is the most recent update:

As of his last check up, Chuckie's lungs appear to be doing quite well.  So much so, in fact, that the doctor has said we can discontinue the daily nebulizer treatments.  We are quite happy, to be sure, but I think he is even more excited.  When I asked him how he felt about stopping his daily treatments, he said, "Daddy, my treatments were so boring!"

Jan 30, 2008 02:49 PM