Lesley Murphy Details 'Crazy 36 Hours' in Hospital with Daughter Nora Amid Croup Diagnosis
Lesley Murphy took to Instagram this weekend to open up about her “crazy 36 hours” spent in the hospital with her 5-month-old daughter, Nora.
“We went to our pediatrician’s office at 4 p.m. yesterday b/c she was having the same symptoms as her last ear infection. Both ears were clear, RSV test came back negative, but she did have a sore throat,” wrote the Bachelor Nation mom, who welcomed her baby girl with fiancé Alex Kavanagh in February.
“Around 9 p.m. she started developing this really loud barking cough,” Lesley continued. “By midnight, her breathing seemed slightly shallow but figured that was just the congestion building. At 2 a.m. she woke up gasping for air.”
The “Road Les Traveled” blogger then took Nora to the ER, noting that it was a “scary 14-minute drive.”
“By the time we were at check in, her breathing wasn’t as labored, so my nerves calmed a bit,” she recounted. “We got in a room and four doctors surrounded us trying to get a diagnosis.”
Eventually, Nora was diagnosed with croup, “an upper airway infection that blocks breathing and comes with a bad cough,” Lesley wrote.
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“After breathing treatments and steroids, the doctor decided to admit us to the hospital,” the franchise star elaborated. “That was at 8 a.m. We’re still waiting for a space to open up so that we can all be a bit more comfortable up there. … Right now, she’s fast asleep on my chest in the ER, a slight stridor sound coming from her throat, muffled by the white noise on the bedside. When she wakes, she goes between being in good spirits and struggling a little bit. It’s a roller-coaster. So we wait.”
On Sunday, Lesley shared video footage from the hospital visit and announced that Nora was back at home “after one night in the ER and another one in the hospital.”
“This super crouper (as our nurse affectionately calls her) is still fighting,” she continued. “It’s the worst feeling watching my baby struggle to breathe. I’m always here to share not only the cute, smiley photos but also the really challenging times in case it helps anyone else.”