...any rest for the weary mommy!!! About two weeks ago, one of my aunties had surgery. John and I visited her the day after and I promised to check on her again in a few days. A couple of days later, Kea had a dentist's appointment so I decide to get the most outta my gas tank and combine trips. After we left the dentist and took care of a few errands, we dropped Ahmad at football practice and utilized those two hours to visit my aunt. We sat with her for about an hour and a half and went back to the field. Mahd still wasn't finished when we arrived so I settled in to talk to my sister in Texas while we waited. Kea climbed on my lap and I remember telling my sister that he felt like a hot box. Now, I wasn't alarmed because his body temperature is naturally high (hence one of his nicknames...HOT DADDY!)and it WAS 100 degrees out that day. Plus, he never stopped playing...he wasn't lethargic like you'd expect. Well, we got home and he was zonked out and I just thought he was TOO CUTE so of COURSE I snapped a picture:
Well, we got inside and he was still warm so I stripped him naked...that's how he normally rolls anyway! After we had been here for about twenty minutes, he climbed into my lap and he was STILL a hot box and I knew. He either caught something from one of the kids at the dentist's office or at the hospital and his temperature was 102.8. So, we did what we normally do and alternated Tylenol and Motrin. He never stopped playing but he woke up a couple of nights soo congested and once his nose was running all over the pillow...niice!!! But, the fever subsided and we were just dealing with the congestion and cough. Well, I fell asleep on the sofa Friday night and John awakened me around 3am with Kea in his arms and said, "Listen". When Keanohn coughed he LITERALLY sounded like a puppy...or a seal barking. It scared the HIZZIE outta me. I took it for as long as I could...about 30 minutes...and then we packed him into the truck and drove to Children's Hospital...where the doctor told us he had croup.
Croup (or laryngotracheobronchitis) is a respiratory condition that is usually triggered by an acute viral infection of the upper airway. The infection leads to swelling inside the throat, which interferes with normal breathing and produces the classical symptoms of a "barking" cough, stridor, and hoarseness. It may produce mild, moderate, or severe symptoms, which often worsen at night. It is often treated with a single dose of oral steroids; occasionally epinephrine is used in more severe cases.
The doctor told us he has a very contagious virus which brought on the croup. So, we've kept him inside as much as possible which means...of course ...Mommy is all caught up! I HATE being sick...especially because I'm in the middle of painting our house and reorganizing. It's a good thing that I recognize how busy the devil is when you're trying to accomplish something so I just keep pushing on!
I can't believe this
is one of my final assignments for the Examiner.com!!! I have an assignment to turn in today and then one next week...THAT'S IT!!! Irene has been SUCH a pleasure to work for...I'll really miss it! But, where one door closes...yada yada yada!!! You can check out some of my work on the Platinum Scraps challenge blog (this
is my latest project for them)and of COURSE HERE. I haven't forgotten that I promised to share pix of my hubb's birthday celebration but it'll have to wait a little longer...Mahd's birthday is this week and I have another celebration to plan...told ya...no rest!!!!