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06:13 am: huh, what?
Teddy still has croup. He (and therefore I) was up last night for a couple of hours, combatting The Cough. We tried sitting in the steamy bathroom, sitting in the steamy bath, sleeping in the recliner, sleeping on the sofa... and of course medication and lollipops and the humidifier, too.

He finally fell back to sleep around 2:45 and is still out. I woke up with leg cramps a couple of hours ago.

LEG CRAMPS. I don't think I've had leg cramps since I was pregnant (NO I am most definitely NOT pregnant now). Leg cramps are not fun.

Fortunately, the child was not awakened by the crash of the tiger balm tin on the floor (or my groaning or shuffling, either).

This is not the fun part.


I'm still hoping, however, that he'll be well enough tomorrow for me to go to a dance in Northampton. It's been way too long since I've danced.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted


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Date:April 26th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
oh, i feel your pain. colin (thankfully) has never had croup until this week, when he woke up hysterically crying and having awful difficulty breathing. even as a doc, knowing that it was likely croup and not the scarier things like epiglottitis, etc, i took him to the ER. of course, he was pretty much fine by the time we got there. he did have a classic "steeple sign" on xray. great, a picture of my child's narrowed airway. not freaky at all.

you probably know this, but for croup, the trick is cold air, so going outside if it's cool may help more than the shower. i opened the sunroof while we were driving and it was cool out, so that probably was enough, instead of the lovely ER bill i'm sure is on its way.

the ER doc told me the second night is worse. i don't remember learning that in med school. colin got steroids (oral) and his second night didn't live up to the hype, thank goodness. we all needed sleep!

hope you and teddy are doing better.
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Date:April 26th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)

oy! hope Colin's better!

Each case is different of course, but I've often found the 2nd and 3rd nights to be the worst. Then it gets better. OTOH, by the 2nd and 3rd nights you're usually not as scared, so it may not seem so bad.

Teddy has always done best with steam, not cold. His cool-mist humidifier is no help at all, dammit. We usually end up blasting the shower and sitting in the bathroom. Makes for a comfy night. Sorta. Whatever helps, y'know? We've tried cool air but it hasn't helped yet. We'll keep on trying if the occasion arises (which I hope it doesn't, but, well...).

I know I'm being paranoid, but I always think of Teddy's giant tonsils when he has any kind of breathing (or throat) thing. He's been checked again and again; they've never been infected or swollen - they're just big. I don't have mine, so they look weird and obtrusive to me.
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