Wheeze, Rattle, Cough-Cough-Cough-Cough June 4, 2008Posted by Mistress B in Ramblings.
Sorry dear internets for my inattention this week but my baby is sick and he’s disturbing my sleep.
A few weeks ago my young fella had a sore throat. It went away after a few days and then he started coughing a little at night. I put him on his preventer and reliever inhalers immediately. It got a little worse, but only at night so I started putting Vicks on his chest, putting eucalyptus oil in the oil burner and put the vapouriser in his room. It helped some, but still the wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough did not go away.
Over the weekend it got noticeably worse and with the onset of a colder spell there has been no relief from the wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough during the day. He scared his teachers on Monday who expected him to have a full blown asthma attack the next time he cleared his throat.
Can’t say as I blame them. It scares the crap out of me at night to hear the wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough. Hoping that it doesn’t get worse, trying to sleep while still keeping a listening ear out for him. Remembering when he was little having to take him to hospital after his lips had turned blue because we couldn’t stop the wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough.
Back then they called it croup. I’m not sure what they call it now that he’s not a toddler anymore. The result is still the same though – sleepness nights for me and restless nights for him as the wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough continues.
And our family GP isn’t here at the moment. We had to see another doctor who doesn’t know TJ’s history. Always my worst nightmare when it comes to this stuff because as bad as he gets at night, by day his chest is usually clear. Some doctors don’t take the symptoms I describe seriously until we show up in the middle of the night at casualty for help. This time though, he was wheezy when examined so we got what he needed without having to go through a whole lot of bullshit.
We started the prednisone yesterday and already his cough has changed.
It’s becoming more chesty now though. If the usual cycle runs true to form by this time next week he will be on antibiotics for a chest infection and I’ll still be worrying at night about his soaring temperature. What a great start to winter.
I just hope my own wheeze, rattle, cough-cough-cough-cough doesn’t start up anytime soon.