Friday, February 5, 2010

Thank you thank you very much







Well he woke up two nights ago gasping for breath. I thought I knew what croup was but I have now learned what it CAN be the hard way. The scary way. The "should I take him to the hospital right now" way. I now know what striper is. I know what it sounds like and how much it can freak both mother and boy out.

You think Sean was home? Oh don't be silly. Of course he wasn't. For about two minutes I seriously weighed Ty's life against my future prison sentence for leaving my girls unattended in their cribs until I could get another person in my house.

Had the shower/stand outside in the rain combo not worked the second time, I'd have chosen prison. But it worked. And for the next 6 hours following the initial coughing/choking episode, I lay awake beside him praying it wouldn't happen again.

It did. Two more times. The additional shower/stand outside in the rain combos worked. Each time we finished and he calmed down I told myself if we made it through the night I'd buy him something fabulous. As scared as I was it was nothing compared to how scared he was. Oh Lord he was scared.

By 5 am my mom had gotten there to stay with the girls so I could take him to the Dr. He got a steroid shot and was a miserable insane child for the rest of the day. Steroids are necessary but you've heard how I feel about the demons they bring out in my kids. Crazy crazies I tell you.

So anyway.

Once things calmed down a bit I went to Walmart and came home with a guitar that he hasn't put down since. Best 30 dollars I've ever spent. He now has a drum set, a violin, a toy guitar, and a real guitar. The family band should make it onto YouTube soon.

You're welcome.

8 comments:

ConnieMomaLightner said...

Croup is a very scary thing isn't it? I never experienced it with the girls, but I remember many episodes my brother had. My mom spent many nights in the bathroom with him. And isn't it just like those husbands of ours to always manage to be out of town when there is a crisis? I know Ed seemed to always be gone when I really needed him there. And with our closest family member 5 hours away, I had some pretty lonely and scary times. Glad yours turned out well this time and that your Mom is close enough to be such a big help to you. I sure miss mine...

Michelle said...

Wow, this does not sound good. How did you know to do the shower thing? Hoping your weekend is better!

Mary said...

Connie, I'm sorry about your momma. I can't imagine doing life without my mom. I probably would've gone really (truly) crazy these last few years with the kids! You and Akissa will have such a sweet bond in a new way once her baby is here. I know Michelle would agree. Michelle, Henry, (Graham's son,) was here a few weeks ago and Mom was keeping him for Ana. He did the sane thing during his nap and they took him to the dr because they had no idea what was happening. Dr. Redington told them what to do if/when it happened again. I was relieved to know that's what it was with Ty. And obviously that I rembered what Mom said worked with Henry! We are keeping the girls separate from him for a few days so they won't get it. The dr said you don't want a kid with asthma to get it...so we wanted Charlie as far away as possible!

Mary said...

Should've checked the spelling...Alissa is her name if I remember correctly :)

Sarah Sharp said...

Oh how scary! Will had RSV at 7 months and that was scary, but I can't imagine seeing my child gasping for breath. I hope that the girls don't get sick and you never have to hear stridor in any of your kids again!

We Three Smiths + 1 said...

Yikes...so glad he is better!!! I can't wait to see the family band..hehehe!

Carley said...

That is so scary! You are such a good momma and I know Ty was comforted in your arms. Poor Guy....but the guitar is awesome and made his day, obviously!! Glad your in Waxa and "the guys" are having a good weekend together. See you tomorrow.

Heather said...

That is so scary Mary! I'm glad Ty seems to be doing better and will pray the girls don't get sick!