Friday, December 07, 2007

First off, Liam's fine

And here's a post-breakfast, pre-playdough photo from this morning to prove it:



So we had to take Liam to the ER again last night. Todd got the call to pick him up from daycare at the end of the day, and when he got there Liam's breathing was labored and every breath seemed to hurt. At the ER last time, the doctor told Todd, "I don't want to alarm you, but if your son starts to crash, I'm going to need to push you out of the way." That sufficiently alarmed him so that he felt comfortable calling an ambulance to avoid getting stuck in rush-hour traffic with a kid who might stop breathing in the back seat. Thea thought the ambulance ride was fun and very bumpy.

At the hospital, they put him on the nebulizer for a couple hours and gave him steroids. By the time we left, he was breathing normally and everything was fine. They told us to up the albuterol to every four hours around the clock (he slept through the 2am dose) and to keep giving him steroids for a couple days. There were a lot of other kids in the ER with what sounded like the same thing. Something pretty hardcore must be going around.

22 comments:

monkeyrotica said...

Rosie/Dash both went through the nebulizer/albuterol spiel. Probly seasonal allergies (mold), dust, or pet dander.

Either that, or he's the Kwisatz Haderach.

radical mama said...

Aww.. poor guy.

You're right something is going around, and not just for kids. My mom and aunt have both been suffering those same symptoms and have been on inhalers and steroids to help.

SusieJ said...

That's SCARY stuff. Poor sweet little thing -- and poor you. I'm sure you're exhausted. Give him hugs from us!

thordora said...

Poor baby-poor Mommy and Daddy!

heather said...

oh man you guys, you must be exhausted!

wrekehavoc said...

so scary! julian did the albuterol/nebulizer thing. if i had known, you could have had our neb. i'm so sorry you've been dealing with this, and i'm sooo glad to see that happy little pre-playdough face :)

NT said...

Wow, sorry to hear about the scary drama. Glad Liam's okay.

delaneydiariesmama said...

That is so scary! I'm glad he's OK. Poor little guy.

Patois said...

Thank goodness! You guys just must have been going out of your minds with worry.

nylonthread said...

Push him OUT OF THE WAY?!? Now that's scary. Todd must have freaked when they told him that. I don't agree with Monkey; it sounds like the docs had seen several of Liam's lung infection in other kids. I'm so glad he's feeling better and hope he kept that virus to himself.

A N D R E A said...

Oh goodness Kel:

I am so sorry about that. It must have been scary. Poor little guy. You know even here in Phoenix, my little nephew had a serious asthma attack yesterday. Something must be going around.

onthecurb said...

I'm glad to hear Liam's fine, but, man, that must have been a scary couple of days. Just going to the emergency room alone sends me into hysterics.

Wishing no more bugs for your family.

morehappymeals said...

Ack! I am so glad he's fine - but how totally scary that must have been! I hope he's over whatever it is.

Kelly O said...

Thanks, guys! I am completely exhausted, but also so, so thankful he's okay. When I found out they were going to the ER, I was stuck in 5:00 traffic and completely panicked. I called my friend Don who kind of talked me down, and then showed up at the ER about 20 minutes after I got there to make sure everything was okay. I'm lucky in a lot of ways, and (relatedly) I've vowed to stop complaining about Liam waking up in the middle of the night wanting his mommy. I know there are other parents who would give anything to be able to wake up next to their kids again.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Oh no, poor thing. We have had a few ER trips like that because Declan is prone to croup and cold induced asthma. Albuterol is your friend.

Hope Liam is better soon. I bet you guys have been scared out of your minds.

Nonna Madonna said...

Nothing more frightening than when a little one is seriously ill. Changes all your priorities and perspective in a flash. Sending warm, positive thoughts your way. How about wrapping those long arms around yourself, squeezing tight and giving yourself a big jolt of energy from all of us who care about you and draw on your energy when we read your blog and follow the links to a world of interesting people, places and ideas. Don't be afraid to take a break when you need it, or when the kids and T need extra time. We'll be here.

Lee said...

Glad to hear Liam is okay! Been gone for a bit and come back to read about so many life changes and scary things going on!! I know how those scary er trips go. We do albuterol on a as needed basis....the dreaded peanut allergies, eggs, certain dusts and cat.....it sucks!
Sending positive vibes your way!
Lee

MB said...

I've been worried about that boo boo! How are you holding up????

Grandy said...

Few things send shock to a mom's central nervous system faster than that of your child being taken to the er...and without you. Bless you and yours, and I hope everyone has a speedy recovery (including catching up on sleep) very soon. ;)

Kelly O said...

I'm exhausted and stressed, and looking forward to the holidays being over, frankly. *sigh*

Moxie Mom said...

hugs…hugs…rocking you to sleep…hugs…hugs…martini

rinse
and
repeat

notdancingqueen said...

Poor baby! Poor mommy! Hugs and heaving vibes to you all. Unfortunately, we're right there with you - minus the scary trip to the ER. Just got back from the Dr. (checking up on K's double ear infection from last week and the awful nasty cough)...and filled scrips for Omnicef, steroids and an inhaler. They had her on a nebulizer in the office, too. Joy, joy...