Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Please don't let it be pneumonia. Please don't let it be pneumonia. Please...

Home with the two younger boys today. Ig started coughing over the weekend, started running low-grade on Sunday. He's 99.3 now, but his cough is awful. He has to draw in a huge, narrow breath, and then he lets out this long spell of deep, resonant, slightly muffled-sounding coughs. He only weighs about 40 pounds, so they seem to take over his entire little body.

Oz had his usual dry, asthma for a few days, and we were giving him albuterol, but yesterday he really needed a neb before school. At 1:30, he was sent home from school. His teacher said he hadn't been himself all day - too quiet, low on energy. When the nurse called for us to pick him up, she said he was running about 99.

He needed a neb the second he got home, and he was running 99.9.  Overnight, he was coughing his head off, of course, and I had to give him albuterol and ibuprofen overnight. He was over 102 at 5:30 this AM.

Ig was up a lot overnight, too. I gave him Dimetapp.

This morning, Oz's cough was soooo bad. I gave him a neb of Xopenex, but less than an hour later his was still coughing violently, so I gave him another neb - DuoNeb this time. The DuoNeb has alwasy worked well for us, but it really hasn't slowed the coughing today.

The sound of the cough is different since that neb - it sounds more resonant. Maybe it's loosened up a bit? I can't say for sure, but it sounds AWFUL. And he's still coughing til he gags, pretty much.

This is NOT going to be a fun day. This seems so similar to what we went through in January with the pneumonias - I'm just praying this isn't the same thing!

I'm calling the doctor as soon as they open at 8:30 ET. I'll let you know how it goes.


Anonymous said...

Ugh, sure hope it isnt pneumonia!! we've been lucky, despite the severity of miss monkeys asthma, and despite an er visit and 1 round of prednisone already since 2010 started, shes only ever been borderline for pneumonia... we usually just do nasty awful rounds of bronchitis.... Good Luck to you and your boys!

Anonymous said...

I have a 27 month old who was diagnosed with asthma. We have no history of asthma in the family but she started having retractions on Nov 19th...rushed to ER and overnight in the ER, her oxygen level dropped to 60%. They rushed her to ICU and treated it as a asthmatic attack. Since only one of her lungs was inflamed, they are really not sure what it was since she was not reunning any temp. So what did your kids have? I dont understand whether we need to rush to ER in such a situation as urs or just stay put! I am terrified with what happened and cannt image my child struggling to breathe...