Sunday, December 2, 2007

Emergency Room

Isn't the Emergency Room every parents worst nightmare? I think it was definitely on the top of my list of things to avoid, but last night at midnight I made my first trip to the ER with one of my kids. Both Beth and James have been a little sick this week, but nothing horrible, just bad colds I thought. James got worse yesterday afternoon and had a fever and sounded a little raspy, but I figured he was just dealing with the same stuff Beth has been so I didn't worry too much. But, James woke up at midnight last night and could NOT breathe! He was crying and gasping for air, it was awful! He just sounded like he couldn't get a full breathe and was working so hard and breathing so fast. So I rushed him to the nearest hospital. We were of course ignored for a while (isn't that how the ER goes?) But then they took us back and gave him a breathing treatment and some steroids to control the swelling and inflammation that was causing all his troubles. The official diagnosis is Croop, but a bad case for sure! So we spent 3 hours in the ER in the middle of the night. So we are all a little sleep deprived and he still sounds like he's struggling a little, but its better than it was for sure. It was scary! My poor little boy! Well, I better go take care of my sickies. Hopefully all of this will be over very soon!


BensonFam said...

Scary! We had the same experience with Livvy our first Thanksgiving in AZ. P.s. cold air is the best for it. Get a cold air humidifier in his room. Also - (this might sound crazy) but bundle him up really good and go stand on the porch for a few minutes, long enough for him to get some good breaths of cold air. That's what our doctors told us when she kept having it reoccur. Good luck!!

Diane Owen said...

Yep, we got the same advice. We already got the humidifier, so hopefully he's on the mend. He also got some good medicine that seems to help, so we are hoping to at least get a little sleep tonight!

Emily said...

ugh, the WORST. with your family history of asthma he should've been seen IMMEDIATELY. i would be so bugged about that.