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One last update before I get back to work...

Julian's had a cough for the past day or two. It hasn't been SO bad except at night, but it's been controllable. Last night was not good, but a cough suppressant helped. This morning, Seth gave him another dose before leaving for work. When I left for work at 7:30, Julian was bouncing on the bed, coughing occasionally, but extremely happy and in a good mood. I even got my goodbye hug and kiss.

At 8:45 his nanny called me to tell me that Julian seemed to be wheezing. Fortunately, the mother of the child that shares Julian's nanny is an ER Pediatrician, so the nanny took Julian over to her house to let her listen. Amy called me and said, "Yep, he's wheezing pretty badly. I'd give him a breathing treatment here, but I want his doctor to hear this."

So off I went. I drove home as quickly as I could legally (mostly) get there and took him to his doctor's office. By the time we pulled up to the doctor's office, Julian's breathing was really labored and he was coughing and gasping pretty badly. He was still getting air in, so he wasn't in imminent danger, but he definitely wasn't happy. The doctor did an albuterol breathing treatment in the office and took another listen once that was done and it helped. So we got sent home with a nebulizer, a bunch of single-dose packages of albuterol, and a prescription for an oral steroid. And strict instructions to call back if Julian wasn't getting any better in 24 hours (and if he gets worse, we're to call immediately).

Julian's now fine. He was hyper for a while from the albuterol (it does that to me too), but Seth came home so that I could go back to work, and Seth got him down for a nap. I haven't heard any cries for help, so I assume they're still doing okay. Here's hoping.

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: July 28th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite common. NSS&F's had an Albuterol treatment machine for ages. In Summer 2003, things got so crazy I tripped getting her stuff... and broke my foot. She was in the hospital for two days; I was home for three months (during a kitchen remodel in the summer) with a broken right foot.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The doctor thinks this is likely an isolated incident, which I'm all for. It's not a big deal, but it was stressful dealing with getting back home, getting him, going to the doctor, getting his medicine, getting home, getting Seth to come home, and going back to work. I wouldn't have come back, but I'm dealing with a high priority risk assessment today.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: July 28th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know how much not being able to breathe sucks as a grownup, nevermind as an active toddler...hopefully he'll be feeling better soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's crappy. Poor baby.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's not such a big deal except that he HATES it.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 29th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor little boy! I hope he feels better soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
he's doing quite a bit better, but he's still an absolute crank-pot.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: August 1st, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
My sympathies to both him and you. Sick toddlers are one of the least fun things I know of, either to be near or, most likely, to be.

If he's no longer contagious and you want a bit of a break, send him to us on a playdate with Grace some evening and get some time to yourselves.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: July 29th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does he have asthma? Or is this croup?

My Little bear had croup when he was about 1 yr old, and he started the wheezing, etc. We rushed him to the ER, because it was in the middle of the night on the weekend. As soon as he got there, he was fine.

But later I talked to a woman I knew from college. Her daughter had died of croup not six months earlier. I was so glad we had taken Little Bear to the ER, even though the symptoms disappeared when we got there.

I hope he's better soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
He doesn't have asthma. And it wasn't croup. Just lung congestion that got bad enough that he was wheezing a bit. The doctor thinks it was likely an isolated incident. Here's hoping.
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