updated 10/21/2010 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/20/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
It’s one of the worst things any mother could face – seeing her son in critical condition. But as TJ Lavin gets better, Barbara Lavin gets better, too.
“I’m good,” she told PEOPLE on Tuesday, five days after her son was put in a medically induced coma after crashing his BMX bike in Las Vegas. “Last night, not so much, but we talked to the doctor, and he made me feel so much better.”
TJ was diagnosed with pneumonia on top of his crash injuries, but the antibiotics seem to be working. “He seems to be a little better,” Barbara said. “His oxygen rate is a little better. The doctor was so reassuring.”
But make no mistake: “It’s killing me,” she said of her son’s struggle.