As most of you know, on Nov. 7, 2010 Nicole suffered a massive asthma attack that put her into respiratory failure with a blood oxygen level of 35%. Our hospital is not equipped with a PICU, so they called on the Children's Hospital Emergency Transport (CHET) team from Rady Children's Hospital to save her. They arrived within minutes, sedated & intubated her, and bagged her until she arrived at Rady Children's and was put on a ventilator. She remained on the ventilator for 4 days and spent the following 3 days in the hospital stabilizing and gaining enough strength to come home. We are so fortunate that we did not lose her and are so grateful for the dedicated nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors for saving her. Rady Children's is a leader in children's hospitals with a fabulous reputation, so I was shocked to discover that they were in dire need of critical pieces of equipment due to costs. When Nicole was on the ventilator, she was receiving breathing treatments with albuterol every hour. In order to do this, they had to quickly disconnect the ventilator in order to attach the nebulizer. My heart nearly stopped every time I heard the ventilator stop, because that meant that she wasn't getting to breathe for that quick second. On the 2nd day, the respiratory therapist was able to get a special nebulizer that can stay attached to the ventilator the entire time so they wouldn't have to disconnect for every treatment. They were short-handed on those nebulizers, because they are so expensive. They are a non-profit hospital, so every penny helps. Please consider helping us give back to this wonderful hospital by making a donation of any amount. No amount is too small! Thank you so much for your support!
9th Annual Rady Children's Hospital Family Walk