Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lockdown is here

Thank you Heather for letting us copy your RSV post. She added some awesome links regarding RSV if you would like to know more about it. Please read this so you know why Brandon and I are so crazy about germs and sanitizing everything.

Starting October first through the end of April we will be on "RSV Lockdown". That's 7 months of no shopping, going out to eat, or taking the babies to other crowded areas. We will only be taking the babies to necessary doctors appointments during the RSV season. Since our babies were pre-term, they did not acquire the necessary immunities to fight off infection.

Here's a brief explanation Heather found at http://www.rsvprotection.com/
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a very common virus. RSV usually causes mild cold-like symptoms in adults and children. But premature babies or those with lung or heart problems have a high risk of getting very sick if they catch RSV early in life. This is because premature babies do not have fully developed lungs. Also, because they were born early, they may not have received virus-fighting substances (called antibodies) from their mothers that help them fight off RSV and other viruses. Each year, an estimated 125,000 infants in the United States are hospitalized with severe RSV, the leading cause of infant hospitalization. Severe RSV infections may cause up to 500 infants deaths annually in the United States.




To help prevent RSV we pretty much expect the same as always from friends and family. We ask that you do not bring over children, don't visit if you have been/have been around someone who is sick within the past 2 weeks... regardless of how much you want to see and miss the babies! When visiting we ask that you wear freshly washed clothing or bring a change of clothes to change into. You will also be asked to wash and sanitize your hands upon arrival. Brandon and I will be changing our clothes anytime we leave the house to make sure we do not bring any germs in. The babies will also be receiving monthly Synagis shots during the RSV season. The shots are designed to help protect preemies and other high risk babies from severe RSV.

On another note, Brandon lost his job earlier this week due to the economy so we ask that you please pray for him in finding a job soon.

Love to all!
Amy-Jo

6 comments:

E. Merritt said...

We found out this week that we don't "qualify" or meet the new standards for getting the shots. Do your babies?

Mountain Girl said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the job loss. I have been job hunting for 3 months, but I do not have babies (just furry ones) to care for! And then also Brad from the Murray quads lost his job too. I will pray that both men find new jobs that are better than the previous ones.

Amy-Jo said...

Erinn, We were told we do meet the standards for the shots thought out insurance company. The place we are going to be getting them from told us they would fight for us if they decided not to be covered. With no current income there is no way we could pay for them. You can fight the ins company on this and should be able to qualify the first year.

-Amy-Jo

Anonymous said...

Amy and Brandon, so sorry to hear about the job loss. This economy is hard for us too. I am praying it will pick up for everyone, in the meantime, I will say a prayer for you both. Good luck with lock down. Give those babies extra kisses for me.

Jamie Lynn

Misty said...

Good luck with lockdown. It will be over befor you know it.
Keeping ya'll in my prayers.
Love you!

TwinsanityMom said...

Keeping you all in my prayers. I can't even begin to imagine what you all are going through right now. Please let me know if there is anything that you need, even a list of coupons that you could use, I will happily send them your way.