Benjamin at one year of age.  4/03

April was such a milestone for us.  I just kept thinking that if we could make it to his first birthday that everything from there on out would be okay.  Well, Steve and I planned this really big party with all our friends and family that have been so monumental in our lives and wouldn't you know that the night before his big day Ben catches RSV.  I remember not having such a great feeling the night before because his oxygen levels were slowly dropping and by morning they were around 83%.  I packed our bags and headed to the local ER where they then prepared to have us transported to Dartmouth by the DHART team.  This was Ben's second go around with RSV and it was worse than the first time.  We spent a total of 11 days in the PICU that time and it was eerily similar to exactly a year before when he was born.  We spent the same exact days in the ICN there, the 5th through the 15th of April two years in a row.  Below are some pictures from that stay.


Mom gave Ben lot's of kisses and the respiratory therapists gave him lot's of nebulizer treatments.


Ben snuggling with his dino that fellow PICU friend Caleb Nelson gave him.



This is a picture of Ben upside down in his bed to try and drain his lungs.

He was needing lot's of oxygen as you can see, he has on a nasal

cannula and a mask - totaling about 15 liters of oxygen.


Nurse John working his magic and Ben looking pretty miserable in his bed.