So last night I admitted an eleven-month old fro the ED into a PICU bed for acute asthma. The floor doc declined him due to his 'instability' and 'acute distress'.
The first HOUR this kid spent in the PICU was spent jumping up and down in the crib- without a break, all the while laughing and carrying on. He then collapsed in exhaustion from all the bouncy-house action in the cage crib, and slept peacefully- satting 100% on room air with clear breath sounds - the entire rest of the shift. Until I woke him up for Orapred- which (mixed with a little pancake syrup) he chugged down like a cold beer on a hot day.
So- I am proposing a light-hearted thread devoted to those 'Why is this kid in the PICU?' moments we all have.