Sickies update

I wrote last week about the sickies overtaking our house. Julian and I both had (and still have, unfortunately) some nasty colds.

On Sunday night/early Monday morning, Julian’s junky cough started sounding like a barky seal (AKA croupy) cough and I began to get worried. Ava had a severe case of croup when she was just 13 months old and we ended up with a visit to the ER and a two-day hospital stay. I did NOT want to go down that road with Julian.

The wee hours of Monday morning dragged on as I stayed up with him, sitting in the steamy bathroom (to help the cough) and refreshing my memory a la AskDrSears.com on what to do if your child has croup.

We went to bed for a couple hours before Ava woke up. As I got out of bed I debated whether or not to call Julian’s doctor for an appointment. However, after I reread my blog post about Ava’s croup experience, specifically the comment that “I’d hate to see a baby any younger than Ava get it. It was hard enough with her, but I can’t imagine with a really little one” I hesitated no longer and made that call. We had to rush like mad (myself unshowered, Ava’s hair uncombed, Julian barely in clothes) to make the only appointment they had available for the day. We might not have looked so hot, but we got there in time. ;)

Based on my description, the doctor said it sounded like it could be croup and, understanding my desire to stay away from the ER this time around, wrote me a prescription for an oral steroid to give him if and only if he got croupy again that night. I felt a great deal of relief knowing we had some recourse and didn’t have to sit idly by waiting for him to struggle to breathe before we could do anything.

Thankfully, he never did get croupy again, so the prescription is sitting here untouched. I am sure that had we not gone to the doctor, he would’ve needed the meds, so I’m glad we got them just in case. Just knowing they were there made me feel better. And the other good news is he’s getting a bit better each day.

I, on the other hand, seem to do OK during the day and think I’m on the mend, yet every night I’m hit with a super sore throat, congestion and lots of phlegm. I’m also having headaches more often than usual. I am hoping to turn a corner soon so I can get back to good health. It’s hard to take care of a family when you want to crawl under a rock. Part of the reason I haven’t had any blog entries of much substance lately (other than the breastfeeding carnival post, but I wrote that weeks in advance) is because I feel like crap and am tired.

Yesterday Ava came down with a fever of 102 herself and wasn’t feeling well. She’s still not back to normal today (and is eating very little), but the fever passed. Not sure what that bug was.

I’ve heard there are a lot of strange viruses going around this summer. One friend had to take her daughter to urgent care for croup. Another friend had to take her son in for a high fever that wouldn’t break after four days. Jody’s coworker’s daughter had croup too. If there are a larger number of viruses going around this year, I have to wonder why. (But that is another blog entry for another day.) ;)

I’m going to try to head to bed early tonight and hope that I can finally get over this crud. Thanks for all the healthy thoughts/vibes you’ve been sending this week. Keep ‘em coming.

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11 thoughts on “Sickies update

  1. So sorry you have all been so ill…

    We know all about croup I used to get it all the time and my guys have had it several times – each of them being hospitalized for it more than once. It’s such a touch and go thing as during the day you think – oh it’s getting better and as soon as night time rolls in it goes on the attack.

    My daughter is kind weird, through all her illnesses and viruses which there have been to many to remember she never really got that high of a fever… My son though it’s just insane he would get them at 104.8 almost 105 we would go to the hospital and they looked at me like I was nuts for bringing him in… Even though doubling up on Advil and Tylenol to bring it down had not worked.

    So will be thinking of you and hoping for a dose of healthiness ahead! :)

  2. UGH Amy so sorry to hear about all the sickies still invading your home!! Croup is not fun at all when it is at its worse…I had a similar experience with Alison (her throat was almost completely closed up) it was horrible. She too stayed in the hospital for a few days.

    Feel better soon everyone!!

  3. Amy, I’m sorry that you and the kids have been sick. Croup stinks (both of my kids are really prone to it also!). And I hope Ava doesn’t have what our kids had over the weekend. Some nasty bug that caused fever, lethargy, and no appetite. Fortunately it only lasted about 36 hrs.

  4. my little gals get croup often. Yuck. I did a little product shot out on your T’s over at the Blessed Nest. Happy TT.

  5. Well, I hope they are getting better now. My kids get the wierd croup where it goes away right away. Anya was getting a croupy cough one morning, so she got the steamy shower and I gave her a blast of the neb and she was fine. I called 911 in the middle of the night last winter because Kai had it so bad, but once he got out in the frigid below zero car to go to the ER, he was FINE was he got there. The next day…nothing. Wierd…

  6. I’m sorry you guys are still sick! I hope you feel better soon, I have lots of stuff you can take to get over it fast! I hate being sick and try to avoid it at all costs.

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