Saturday, May 12, 2012

How Periorbital Cellultius Turned Reese Into Quasimodo

I am writing this from the hospital. Reese woke up with a (randomly) swollen eye on Wednesday afternoon. It got progressively worse despite heavy duty antibiotics (in the form of shots as well as taken orally) and a little doctor prescribed benadryl.

From Wednesday to Friday it got so swollen she could no longer open her eye.

She was diagnosed with periorbital cellulitis and admitted into the hospital for IV antibiotics. She had about a 102 degree fever only once and for the most part was acting fairly normal.

She was our beautiful and sweet Baby Quasimodo.


In the time between Wednesday and now we have been reminded of how blessed we truly are.

Reese has seen 9 doctors (by a matter of circumstance) and had 8 nurses given her care.

We have friends who not only agreed to watch our dog but bought Reese a pillow pet, a balloon, and a glow-in-the-dark magic wand to help her get better (and not be afraid of the dark).

We have been visited in the hospital by friends and been able to FaceTime both our families.

She has been brought food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as snacks by the hospital staff.

Hubby and I have been brought dinner, not once, but twice in a row by the same family.

We have received prayerful emails, texts, tweets and facebooks from people all over the country.

And best of all? We have seen improvement in her eye since she was admitted.


God has shown us so much grace in this. We are so blessed that, as bad as it looks, it doesn't seem to have ever brought her any pain or discomfort.

As bad as it looks, it never spread to the eyeball or back behind the eye.

As bad as it looks, its not that bad.

Hopefully, after a few more rounds of IV antibiotics her eye will be healed. We are hoping to be discharged tomorrow afternoon (mother's day). Please pray for continued healing of her eye. Love you guys... thanks for all the support!

28 comments:

  1. Wow! Poor 5ohbaby! Glad she's improving and I'm sure it will feel GREAT to get home.

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  2. I have been praying since you first tweeted about this. I'm SO glad to see she is getting better and will continue to pray that it's completely gone by tomorrow. You are such a strong mommy. I would probably have been freaking out!

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers Jessi! The swelling is almost non-existant today. And who is to say I wasn't freaking out ;-)

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  3. Oh wow! What a journey! I'm so glad you're surrounded by such a great support system. Also...she is super cutie!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. We really feel them!

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  5. Oh my goodness! So glad she's okay!!

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  6. Poor baby! I've been praying since I saw your tweet. So glad she's okay, and will continue to pray for you guys. Love and hugs, and hope you have a happy mothers day! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Erin. Love you!

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  7. oh my! hope she gets better soon! i'll say a prayer!

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  8. Definitely lots of prayers for continued healing!

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  9. So glad she's okay! Poor baby! *Positive thoughts* :)

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  10. Aw, poor thing! She seems to be in good spirits though, glad she'll recover.

    Oh, hi. I'm a new subscriber and fellow police wife from CA.

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  11. Oh that stuff is so uncomfortable! My husband is currently doing his residency in pediatrics, but HE has had this on THREE occasions within the past 3 years. Twice in his belly button, and once in his EAR! Ugh. It was so gross & swollen he couldn't put his stethoscope in it... He says it's really sensitive when it happens. I think he has really sensitive skin. Does 5ohbaby have sensitive skin?

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    1. Oh poor guy! Not particularly sensitive skin... we have no idea what it was.

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  12. oh poor sweet little thing. happy she is recovering! children always make me smile at how upbeat they are even when something is wrong with them, i need to remember to be more like that. :)

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  13. I'm glad she's doing better, I hope y'all can go home soon!

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  14. Poor sweet girl! Hope you can all come home today!!

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  15. aww, the poor sweetie :( I'm so glad that she is getting better though! I actually had something like that when I was about 12, I'm not sure if it's the same thing but I had a weird thing that started at my forehead and got really red and swollen and went down to my eye so I could barely open it. But I took antibiotics and I don't really remember how long it took to get better but it wasn't that long at all.

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  16. I am so glad to see her eye improving and I hope & pray it continues to do so! Happy Mother's day!

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  17. so glad she is doing ok. i know its heartbreaking, when you see your child sorta not looking right, even if they seem to be feeling ok for the most part...or at least acting like they feel ok.somehow kids have a special way to "play" like nothings wrong even when they are puking. been thinking about you and the fam all week/end...praise God things are improving!

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    1. It is really incredible. She kept all the nurses and us in such a good mood with her sweet spirit and attitude. Thanks for your prayers girl

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  18. aww glad she's feeling better! that had to be scary!!

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  19. She's definitely on the up-and-up, and I'm so glad that she wasn't in pain!

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  20. Oh my goodness - poor little girl (and poor you! I can't imagine what you must have been going through!)! SO glad she is doing better! I've never heard of preorbital cellulitis! I will definitely be looking that up now and learning more about it. How are her spirits? Hopefully she's as cheerful as ever :)

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  21. Oh this just breaks my heart. Poor sweet baby girl! You guys really are blessed to have had so many people watching out for your family during this time. I am glad she has improved so much!

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  22. Oh no. I will definitly be praying.

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