Wednesday, September 20, 2006

J Story

J is sick. Not "rush to the hospital" kind of sick, but sick none the less. In fact, if we haven't already had SOOO much experience from both she and B with RSV and pneumonia, we probably would have already gone to the doctor today, but I'm sticking to the rule of thumb of judging how bad it is by her behavior. And right now, she's acting fine.

She woke up coughing, crying, and feverish, and despite all I tried to do to make her feel better, she finally just looked at me and said, "I just can't stop crying." She felt that lousy.

After breakfast, I pulled out the nebulizer and gave her both her Pulmicort (inhaled steroid) and Albuterol. After she inhaled all that she could of both medications, she clearly felt a lot better. But she's still not great.

Once the boys were at school and we were all back home, I convinced her to lay on the couch and rest. It didn't take much for her to be breathing hard and retracting (using her chest muscles to help her breath) a LOT, but she wasn't wheezing at all. It's a tough call. If I call the doctors for advice it seems that they have to tell me to bring her in. And typically we go in, they listen, test her pulse ox (which for both kids is USUALLY fine, unless they're really obviously wheezing and struggling), do a treatment there (the same one I would do at home) and then send us home with instructions to do the treatments every three hours instead of every four. Sometimes they prescribe an oral steroid, and if it's after hours, they send us to the ER instead of even coming in. So after so many times of going in because they're breathing heavy and fast while retracting (three things they say to really look out for) only to have their pulse ox be well above 95%, I've learned to judge by the way they're acting instead. After she was outside for a bit and came back home, she seemed in a much better mood.

On to the story. If you're eating, you might want to stop.

J ate most of her lunch and was then eating apple slices still at the table. I left the dining room to replenish drinks and heard a cry of distress from the table. B came running in to tell me that J was in trouble. I ran back in and saw that J had thrown up (she has been coughing so much, so I have no doubt that a coughing jag triggered this) all over her self. With an apple slice still in her hand, she cried for me to clean her up. I quickly did, downplaying it to her because she was upset. While I was cleaning her up, she started heaving again. I held up a cloth and caught it all, telling her it was okay. The moment she was done, as I was moving the puke-filled burp cloth away from her mouth, she started eating that apple slice again. And continued eating the rest of her lunch as if nothing had happened. Now I'm glad she got over this incident quickly, but EWWWW!

You may now resume your snack. If you want.


Christine said...

Gross! It's amazing how kids are with illness. Fever of 104? No problem, get it down to 100 and they're bouncing off of the walls. Throwing up all over the place? Clean 'em up and let 'em go and their back to jumping on the couch. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you have a blessed day and everyone else stay healthy!!

Heather said...

You know, Thing 2 was coughing ALOT the day we played at your house (not at your house - that night). And yesterday she was stuffy all day.

Chaotic Mom said...

Little Guy has a girl in his class who is ALWAYS sick. Guess what? She was gone from school on Monday, and HE stayed home on Tuesday! He, too, puked from congestion, but I think more from the plugged up pressure on his inner ears. I have long since learned to give him clear liquids when he's sick. Not because they're easier on his tummy, but because they're easier to clean up from the bed, rug, clothes, etc... ;)

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EmilyRoseJewel said...

So sorry to hear about Julia's troubles. With Justice being sick every week for the last month with something I can empathize more and more with moms who have sick little ones. It is so tough! Blessings going out to Julia!

Chaotic Mom said...

Hey, how's she doing now? How are you?

Chaotic Mom said...

Okay, not hearing from you or any updates, I'm calling you today. Starting to worry a little. Everything okay?