Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back in the Hospital

So our insurance gambled with our daughter's health and lost. Immediately after we were discharged our San Diego pediatrician got on the phone trying to get the RSV vaccine for Karsie. RSV, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a type of flu that most kids get before they're two that affects the lungs. For most babies/kids it's no big deal, but for preemies and babies who have been ventilated and have had premature lungs (aka Karsie) it can be pretty dangerous. Our insurance company decided to decline the doctor's request for the vaccination because at the start of the season she was just barely over 3 months which is the standard cutoff...for babies that are teenie or have been ventilated. They didn't take into account Karsie's history. Guess who now has RSV?

Karsie had a pretty rough night last night. She did fairly well during the day but started to really have a harder time breathing and was really fussy during the night. We had an appointment as a followup from yesterday's appointment earlier this morning and she was not satting well. So they admitted her to the hospital. After they gave her some oxygen and stabilized her they took some secretion samples and it came back positive for RSV.

Needless to say we are really upset as this was something that could have been prevented or minimized. For now we are just praying that it doesn't get worse as RSV can be very bad for her if it does get worse. Even in the midst of this we have been encouraged by one of the nurses that knows of Karsie even though we've never met. Hopefully that's a good sign. We'll update you when we know more.


  1. I'm SO sorry to hear about this! Yes, it can be prevented with a Synages shot. Blair got them all last winter and she qualified again this winter for them. Insurance companies SUCK in the worst way! Sorry... but it really is frustrating when it could of been prevented. Now, instead of paying for the shots or most of the shots they will now have to cough up money for another hospital stay! GRRRRR....

    I will be praying for her to gain strength and get out of there soon!

    Hugs - Tiffany

  2. Oh No! I am so so sorry to hear this. You are all still in our prayers. Cory

  3. I'm praying for Karsie tonight!

  4. I will be praying for all three of you. I am so sorry that Karsie landed back in the hospital. This could have been prevented? Oh dear!!!
    God is still in control and He will guide Karsie's health and development.

  5. I didn't get online last night so I just saw this... Oh no!! :( We are so, so sad to hear that Karsie's so sick and is back in the hospital. And I'm really mad at that stupid insurance company!
    We'll be watching anxiously for updates... and praying that she gets well really quickly!

  6. I'm praying for Karsie and her AMAZING parents! You guys are such wonderful examples of strength and love. God Bless your little girl and your family!
    Love, Erin Barron