I had no idea what RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) was until we almost lost our son to the virus at just 6 weeks old. Adam was born full-term weighing 9 lbs. 8 oz. in November of 2016.
Like many families, Adam had two older siblings who were in preschool and bringing home every cough and sniffle. Adam was diagnosed with RSV at 6 weeks old. He tested positive at the doctor’s office. “Mrs. Ireland, your son has RSV, take him home and watch him.” I stared at the tech, in confusion because I had never heard of RSV before.
After a long 24 hours at home, Adam wasn’t improving so I rushed him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where we spent 5 terrifying days. I watched my baby fight for his life.
During that time in the hospital I made a promise to myself and to my baby that I would do everything in my power to prevent other families from experiencing what we did.
But I can’t do it alone! I am looking for parents like YOU. Parents who have experienced RSV firsthand and are willing to share their stories, like Adam’s, to raise awareness for this Really Scary Virus.
Here are some of the ways you can help:
Email me at hello@shesbecomingdomestic and share your story.
- Join me in Washington D.C. for the National Coalition for Infant Health Summit:
- Read some of the other ways I am working with different organizations to raise awareness here:
- Read the major publications like The Today Show, our family has been featured on here: