23 October 2008

Oh What A Night!

When I gave up teaching after Peter was born, I did a stint as a medical receptionist in my pediatrician's office in the evenings. I worked there for not quite 2 years until Drew was born. I noticed that about 4-6 weeks into the school year, the office would be packed with colds, stomach flu, ear infections. When my kids started school, it came as no surprise that around October one of them would have a cold.

Well, this year we made it until almost the end of 1st quarter. Drew came home coughing yesterday. I wasn't sure at that point whether he was sick or if it was his allergies. We went about the afternoon with the usual schedule of snack and homework.

Then, at dinner, as I had gotten up to go to the counter for something, I hear Andy jump up. I asked him what was going on-Michael threw up. Oh man, here we go. In retrospect, I don't think he was sick. I think he may have gagged on something (my boys have hyper gag reflexes!).

All seemed OK, but Drew. That cough. We got everyone in bed, and I was about to go to bed myself. Then I heard it. The barking. Yep. Croup. I called the doctor to see if I should take him in because Drew is my boy who gets into coughing jags and can't stop. Drew is my boy who coughs until he throws up (which he did). She said to try the shower and if it didn't help, to take him in. The shower helped enough to get him a little comfortable. We set him up in the recliner in their room so he'd be upright. I laid on his bed.

He coughed through the night but got some sleep. He's still barky. I think he may need an inhaler again. We will be off to the doctor later this morning for that. Oh yeah, I already had an appointment for Peter. Soccer has been causing him knee pain. Here we go!

11 comments:

Amy said...

Oh my , poor little thing, and poor little you. My girls both have that gag reflex bad too, they get that from me. I am hoping mine stay pretty healthy this year, they have been the last couple of years. I better not talk too soon :D

Kim H. said...

Oh girlfriend, I so hear you on the arrival of October thing....seems like they start dropping like flies and passing lots of good stuff around. Hang in there and know it'll pass. Just pass out the Vitamin C and beef up their systems on a good multi vitamin.

Hugs!

Cecilia said...

Prayers for you and your boys!

Ellen said...

poor little man, that's rough.

Dawn said...

Hope he feels better soon! My youngest has got the stuffy nose and was up all night off and on to blow and get the Vicks applied so she could breathe..I feel for you. You are in our prayers.

Sydney said...

Ugh. Croup SUCKS! Alex usually gets it a couple times each fall/winter. Hope he feels better soon!

Susie said...

Nightmare! I hope you get through this relatively unscathed.

Clare said...

ooooh! ur right fun! sorry bout that!

Shannon said...

Ugh, if its not one thing, its another! Poor boys (and Mom, too)... hope they feel better soon!

Bia said...

This weekend three of us have scratchy throats, headaches, and sore muscles. The other two are waiting...it's inevitable that they will catch it, too.

Sigh.

careysue said...

I hope he's feeling better...:(

I hate it when our kids are sick...I feel for you.