My old friend, anxiety

I just convinced myself by staring at baby Margot for an hour that her breathing was terrible and that she had RSV.

I went downstairs to show my husband and even shed a few tears. He calmly opened her outfit, her breathing looked normal. He counted her breathes per minute, normal. She sounds normal.

You would think having a second infant would slow down my need to stare at them while they sleep at night, but you would be wrong.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

Early morning she had desat and had a fever. Because of the fever they had sent for some lab cultures. So far they found she was positive for gram a. We won’t exactly know what type of bacteria she has it takes 48 hours to get something specific. She was given some heavy duty treatment.

She is now up to an ounce of breast milk an hour. The O2 level on the machine has been ok, they’ve slowly been decreasing it. They’ve been open suctioning her and overall has been a quiet day despite the morning.

Daryl came by and we went to go see baby Jasmine and fam. She is so precious! I didn’t hold her but definitely wanted to. I didn’t want to pass any germs I may be carrying.

Christianne rolled over for the first time today. Inay was the only one who witnessed it. I miss her, can’t wait til the girls can be together again.

Daryl also took the van for a wash and cleaned the inside. Thanks again!

Corey will be staying over today and I get to be home. Sad that Christianne was pretty much about to go to sleep when I got home.

You’ve almost certainly encountered human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), even if its name doesn’t sound familiar. Its viral ‘cousins’ include mumps and measles, although RSV is distinct in that it goes straight for the lungs. Most people have been exposed to it by the age of three, with mild cases being indistinguishable from the common cold. In vulnerable infants and the elderly, however, it can lead to bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

One distinct feature of RSV infection is that infected cells (tagged in green in this image) fuse together forming giant cells or syncytia, like the one in the centre. Each has more than one nucleus (nuclei of infected and healthy cells are stained blue). By culturing bronchial epithelial cells on special protein-coated surfaces researchers have created a laboratory model to mimic the lining of the lungs. This will be used to study RSV infection - which is important, since there’s currently no treatment or cure.

Image: Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Ginseng can treat, prevent influenza, RSV, researcher finds

In a recent issue of Nutrients and an upcoming publication of the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, Sang-Moo Kang reports the beneficial effects of ginseng, a well-known herbal medicine, on human health.

Kang investigated whether red ginseng extract has preventive effects on influenza A virus infection. He found that red ginseng extract improves the survival of human lung epithelial cells infected with influenza virus. Also, treatment with red ginseng extract reduced the expression of genes that cause inflammation.

Also, mice that were orally administered Korean red ginseng extract had lower viral levels after infection with RSV. The results suggest that Korean red ginseng extract has antiviral activity against RSV infection.

Jong Lee, Hye Hwang, Eun-Ju Ko, Yu-Na Lee, Young-Man Kwon, Min-Chul Kim, Sang-Moo Kang. Immunomodulatory Activity of Red Ginseng against Influenza A Virus Infection. Nutrients, 2014; 6 (2): 517 DOI: 10.3390/nu6020517