Hudson, our fourth child, had to be taken to the ER because of a high fever. We were told our son had RSV and we were sent home having no idea what would later occur. As the next day progressed, I could tell Hudson was not doing well and his labored breathing continued. I became very worried as his symptoms appeared more and more severe. I realized Hudson needed immediate help.
My son ended up being life flighted to a different hospital because his lungs had collapsed and he had cardiac arrest. The eventual diagnosis was bronchiolitis and they treated him for pneumonia. We had to spend two weeks in the pediatric ICU. During that time, I relied on the ability to watch Hudson’s oxygen levels and heart rate. Needless to say, I came to live by the reassurance of the numbers on the hospital monitors.
The first evening we got him home, my husband stayed up with him in the living room so that I could finally try to rest in our bed. Before I could fully wake up, my body was already racing down the hall to check on Hudson. I didn’t sleep that first night back home, and so the next day, we went out and bought the Owlet monitor.
What a sigh of relief! It’s a shame I didn’t have the Owlet sooner! I think the Owlet could have provided us more insights into how our son was feeling, and coupling that with what we were seeing, maybe we could have anticipated events better and avoided some of the stress we all ended up experiencing. I feel every parent with a baby can benefit from the Owlet.