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06:00 am: it's almost like having an infant again
The past two nights, Teddy has needed a bath in the middle of the night. He's not dirty (he did throw up the night before last, but nothing messy).

It's this bleeping cold/flu/brain cloud/misery.

He's sneezing (Moooommmmy! I neeeed a tissue! Another tissue, please Mooooommmmy!), but mostly it's the coughing. The endless coughing.

My theory, based on no medical knowledge whatsoever, but only on my own experience with what it feels like to have this same bug, is that his lungs or diaphragm or something goes into a kind of spasm, and he can't relax enough to stop the coughing/spasm/thingy. When Peter and I get that feeling, we're generally able to do some deep breathing and make it stop. Teddy sometimes can too (he calls it yoga breathing), but sometimes can't.

A bath is the only thing that relaxes him enough to make the coughing stop.

Last night, he had a very slight fever as well. So he had a cooler (though still warm) bath to bring his fever down (and Tylenol and summer PJs and cool water to drink).

It definitely gets worse when he's (I'm) horizontal, so we also tried sleeping in the big chair, then on the sofa. Then we gave up and went upstairs to bed.

I'm in a miserable, dizzy fog myself (not helped by being on the regressed infant sleep schedule), so I'm actually going to take a sick day for the first time in ages. I've been sick plenty of times, but am usually able to work anyway (from home, of course, so I don't spread any germs). This time, I'm going to sleep, take medicine, and try to kick this bug's ass.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: sicksick

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From:swingchickie
Date:April 3rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
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i wonder if the bath also helps because of the steam? it could be helping to calm his airways down. i have the type of asthma where you cough, and showers/baths help when i'm having an episode because the steam calms everything down.

poor baby (both of you), i hope this thing passes soon so you can both rest!!!
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From:katehaney
Date:April 3rd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)

I'm sure you're right

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especially when we do a hot bath. I'm not sure if a tepid bath really produces any steam.

I have the same type of asthma. Hadn't used my inhaler for years until this winter. Blargh.

I hope your dizziness has passed!
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:April 3rd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)

Or pollen?

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I've had this too, where something outside is blooming at night and even through closed windows, I can't breathe and cough and cough. I'm allergic to cats and I feel better sleeping in a middle-of-the-house room full of cat hair than by an outside window with blooming trees.

Hepa air purifier or upgrade your humidifier?

The sleep thing is killing me too (dd is always in a 'stage' and the constant stages are kicking my butt).

Hope you all feel better!
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From:katehaney
Date:April 3rd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)

baby-stage butt-kicking

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I feel your pain!

Peter's getting us a new humidifier today. I hope that'll help. Can't afford an air purifier yet. Soon, I hope.
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From:wendymarques
Date:April 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)

Bummer

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So sorry to hear that you are all sick again and the coughing is the worst. Nicolas had a cough thing-y a few months ago and it lasted a couple of weeks. It was terrible, so I can totally relate. And yes, I think it is called a coughing spasm - at least what Nicolas had. It was waaaaay worse at night. I hope you are all feeling much better soon.
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From:katehaney
Date:April 4th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)

thanks

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I can't imagine dealing with more than one sick kid. With two adults and one kid sick, I'm ready to shoot myself!

He's had two doses of amoxicillin now. I hope that'll kick the ear infections quickly.
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