Sick son

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sam has had a wicked cough for ages now. It feels like it's been a month.

So far it's meant two trips to the children's ER in St. Paul, one for croup, one for high fever and rapid breathing.

We're confident it's nothing serious. But when this kid takes a deep breath and goes off on a real fit, his eyes wide open, gradually filling with fear and tears, then reddening at the edges until he seems about to burst, and finally gagging on the urge to cough so he nearly vomits, or does vomit . . . it sure seems serious.

Everything I read online--worst thing to do with a medical question, as everyone knows--suggests that a toddler's cough often lasts this long, or longer. It still sucks.

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So sorry to here! I am not a parent, so I can't give the appropriate words of comfort, but know that his health is on my mind.

May 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

My fake nephew, Aidan, was rushed to the ER with croup last month, and then was still coughing and feverish enough to stay home from day care for 3 straight days a few weeks later. (On the positive side, that meant he spent the days hanging out with me!) So I'm on the "little kids have really long illnesses that aren't anything to worry about" side.

May 5, 2010 at 9:43 PM
Andrew Karre said...

Feel better Sam! Henry's been full of mucus (now a new favorite word, appropriate for all occasions) for what seems like most of the spring.

May 6, 2010 at 7:55 AM