Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bad Virus, No Biscuit!

The kids and I all have a cold. SillyBilly woke up yesterday morning with a bad asthma attack. Breathing fast, retracting muscles between his ribs and above his collarbone, splotchy skin tone, audible wheezing. We discovered all of his medication was expired (and I mean years expired) because it's been so long since he's had any trouble.

So, we called the pediatrician, got him to call in a new prescription, and went into his office for a Saturday afternoon visit (bless you, Dr. Zatz!) to avoid an ER visit. Turns out SillyBilly had a 102F fever on top of the runny nose and severe wheezing. I guess I was so distracted by the wheezing that I missed how hot he was.

After several nebulizer treatments, including one at 11:30 last night, SillyBilly was much better today. Still wheezing, but no fever and back to his normal spunk level. I hate to give him that kind of medication (nebulized albuterol is powerful -- it makes my hands shake and my heart pound), but in cases like these I think it becomes necessary.

Now it's my turn to wheeze. All of my medication is similarly expired. Don't tell anyone, but I snuck a bit of SillyBilly's new stuff.

Update: Everyone seems to be on the mend. No more icky medication, though we're all still coughing and dripping.


Tip for getting small children to blow their noses: tell them you're having a contest to see who can make the yuckiest noises while blowing! Worked well for me this morning.


I think my next post will be about health and illness. If I can muster up the energy to write it!

2 comments:

Kerryn said...

As long as his medication worked for you, I won't tell anyone.

Hope that you're all feeling much, much better soon.

(un)relaxeddad said...

This year has been murder for colds and viruses, or so it seems. Everyone we know seems to have been flattened at some point. Hope your collective immune system is starting to kick some virus ass by now...