Sunday, March 15, 2009

Scared Momma half to death . . .

Harrison came into our bed at 4:30 with a croopy cough. He has been struggling with a cough for a couple days, but it hasn't gotten too bad. He kept coughing and struggling and wheezing. He's asthmatic, so I took him downstairs to do a breathing treatment. It was not getting better! He was hacking and gasping for air. He was getting a blue tinge to his lips. I panicked, I almost called 911. I knew the breathing treatment would help so I tried to wait it out but he was freaking out and couldn't even get enough air to talk. I began to really panic and began to throw on clothes. Finally, I swooped him up and ran to the ER at 5:00.

I don't think I have ever driven so fast in my life.

Thankfully we live very close to the hospital. I was there in less than 2 minutes. The security guy there told me to rush him in and he parked my car. By this time I was freaking out.

They put us in the level 1 trauma area. The ER doc was fabulous. He checked his lungs and told me it was not asthma related at all. His lungs were plenty clear, but his throat was closing due to the inflammation with croop. They gave him a steroid shot and a different kind of breathing treatment, with adrenaline and steroids, to target his throat not his lungs. They warned me that he wouldn't like it, that it was different than his normal nebulizer, and they were right. He hated it! His breathing settled down in about 45 minutes. He of course still has the croopy cough, but he can breathe!

They made us stay a couple hours to make sure that the would not rebound and have another "attack". Thank goodness I had to forethought to grab his Nintendo DS when I left in a hurry. I knew it would come in handy for either him or me. He played while I dosed off in the extremely uncomfortable chair with my head on his bed rail.

The ER staff loved him. They kept coming over to see the little one who sounded like a seal! His barking was quite loud! Why is it that whenever something like this happens you realize your child's nails are dirty and need clipped, and they have on their worst pair of socks and dirty undies!?

When we got there he could barely breath. By the time we left he wanted Cinnamelts from the golden arches and was grooving the air guitar to Cold Play. I am thankful for the small things.

9 comments:

FAScinated said...

Sheri,
I'm so glad he's OK! You must have been scared to death! Take a nap today, you've definitely earned it. ~Kari

Janine said...

Wow, that all sounds a little scary! In 28 years of parenting I've never had to do a midnight dash to hospital - lucky me! Hope you get the chance to catch up on the lost sleep...and Harrison

Yondalla said...

So thankful for healing technology...nebulizers, steroids, nintendos.

I'm glad you got him in and very glad he is okay.

Torina said...

Scary. I am glad everything turned out okay.

Eos said...

Scary...glad to know he's ok. I don't go anywhere w/out a book or the kid's Nintendo...it's so ingrained in me that no matter what the emergency (and we've had a couple) a book and her nintendo WILL be in my bag!LOL So yeah..I get it.

Lisa said...

Geesh Sheri....that had to have taken years off your life!

I'm so glad he's feeling better.

Stacy said...

I am glad he's okay! My son had asthma when he was younger, and it can be horribly scary.

Jo said...

Dang it! That is scary. Breathing is important, I keep telling some people this. So glad he is doing better and that you went well prepared, albeit, with grungy nails and undies.

gmcountrymama said...

That is really scary. My 5 yo son is just getting over pneumonia. I almost took him to the ER and I probably should have. Luckily after two shots of antibiotics in his rear and 10 days of oral meds he is doing fine.
I did spend the day with Hus in the ER though. He was severely dehydrated from a stomach bug and sinus infection.
I am glad your little one recovered so quickly after the steroids.