I had mentioned that we all needed to get the flu shot around here to help protect Reid. For those that are not familiar with Down syndrome, one of the characteristics is a low immune system, making individuals with Down syndrome more prone to infections, respiratory infections being particularly worrisome. A respiratory infection is usually a viral or bacterial infection of the nasal passages, throat, bronchial tubes, or lungs. Because they also have low muscle tone it makes it difficult to cough productively or handle oral secretions. Respiratory infections are more often seen in children who also have congenital heart defects and complications like congestive heart failure and excess fluid in the lungs. Reid has been hospitalized twice for respiratory infections and coupled with his own heart complications we need to take every precaution to make sure we keep him as healthy as possible.
I have added a picture of the two boys playing Nintendo DS after their outing to the Dr. office...neither look worse for the wear! :)