Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sickness and the Allergy Child
I'll admit, when Bee is sick I am way more paranoid than when the other kids are sick. If she ever has any type of cold or respiratory sickness, I get a little panicky.
Last week she came down with a cold, which progressed into a respiratory infection, which progressed into bronchitis, which started turning into pneumonia. She ran a low fever for days, coughed without stopping, wheezed, and refused to eat. She was beyond miserable and I was about to have a heart attack!
We had a visit to an urgent care clinic and after breathing treatments and x-rays, we left with more albuterol for our nebulizer, liquid steroids to keep her airways open, and an antibiotic to fight the infection.
Bee's wheezing was scary and I was constantly worried that her airways were constricting. There was no better sound than to hear her breathing normally, even if she was still coughing.
Of course Ladybug was sick as well and then Tiger. After several days of fighting it off, the infection took Curly down. My week was full of breathing treatments, meds, humidifiers, and Vick's Vapor Rub.