She coughs and coughs and coughs...all winter long. This morning her throat hurt and she wasn't herself, so she stayed home. I took her in to make sure everything was okay. They tested for strep, and so far it's come back negative. They will test it tomorrow and Saturday again, but I am assuming (and crossing my fingers tightly) that she doesn't have it.
Poor thing crashed out about 10 minutes before we had to get coats on to leave for the doctor.
We are going to try her rescue inhaler every 4 hours and see if that improves her cough at all...possibly starting her on Flovent (a steroid inhaler as a preventative) if the Albuterol on it's own isn't helping.
I'm worried about my little guy...
I've taken Archer to the doctor 3 or 4 times this season...and each time they reassured me it was his asthma, and he would likely just have a cold and cough for the duration of winter. We started him on a steroid inhaler, and a rescue inhaler when his wheezing gets really bad. So, today when I called the doctor to get an appointment for Brookleyn, I was surprised when the nurse heard him coughing over the phone and suggested he be seen. He's been eating and sleeping okay, although come to think of it now, he has been taking longer naps, and seeming really exhausted. Come to find out the poor kid has pneumonia and a double ear infection. I've been doing everything right, and I missed it because I've been told it's just a cold and just keep up with the inhalers. Well anyway, now that we know theres more going on, we can treat it. (Our doctor is awesome and has been checking his lungs which were clear last time he was in...I just feel awful that I had no idea and was chalking everything up to it being a cold. The kid has probably been miserable in pain and his dumb mom isn't even helping him.)

These pictures make me feel sad....his poor eyes look so tired.


Lindsay said...

oh, poor babies!!! it's horrible when they get sick... and don't feel bad about not knowing about the ear infections. they can be hard to miss, especially if there's no fever and they can't tell you. i missed both of cole's... i know, makes you feel terrible, but don't beat yourself up over it. you're a wonderful mommy!!

hope they start feeling better soon!

Ben, Heather and kids said...

aww.. those pictures just tear at ya! :( Poor kiddos. Hope they feel better soon.

Don't kick yourself too much. you know you aren't a dumb mom. this happens to all of us.

Sometimes I wish little kids could just shout out what's wrong.. "hey! mom! my throat is killing me.. take me in!" "Hello.. lady. my ear is killing me!"

Neisha said...

don't feel bad! I agree with Heather. It should would be easier if they would just tell you what's wrong with them. I have one kid who will lie about being sick to miss school. So I am very hard to convince when they really are sick

Neisha said...

oops, forgot to say....hope they start to get better soon. they look miserable.

Tim and Melissa said...

You're not a dumb mom. At all. If you knew he had either of those things, of course you would have taken him in. How were you supposed to know? Don't beat yourself up, m'dear!

Neisha said...

cute picture above!

Heather T said...

poor kids...hope they feel better soon...i despise the sicknesses of winter...kinda easy to not realize something more is going on if the doc reassures you that he'll be coughing all winter because of asthma...hang in there!:0)

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