I didn't think much damage would come from Saturday's romp in the leaves and I'm still not sure if it is connected, but 2 a.m., Sunday morning Sam woke up coughing and it continued all throughout the day. He has a nebulizer which I put albuterol in, but overall I don't think it is that affective. I also have a steroid the doctor provided, for when the coughing is really bad....and yes we got to that point.
Sam coughs so bad sometimes he vomits, which was scary at first, but now, except for the act itself being unpleasant and with a few tears, Sam seems to handle that pretty well.
Over the course of Sunday, we had 3 nebulizer treatments, Benadryl, the steroid, lots of fluids and not much food. He did manage to exhaust himself enough to sleep in the afternoon for about and hour and a half, but then the coughing woke him again.
He started feeling better around 5 pm, but then the cough overtook him again by 8 p.m.
Being a Sunday (Why does this stuff always happen on Sundays?) we were in contact with the on-call provider too, who prescribed prednisdone.
Richard goes in late today so he will call the specialist (to try and get an appointment), preschool (I hate that Sam misses school....) and the Nanny to see if she can cover (She is amazing and very flexible.). These are the times I hate NOT being a stay at home mom. Believe it or not, it's not easy for us school teachers to just take days off.
We are trying to get a handle on what brings these episodes on, tricks to prevent it (humidifier, vacuuming a lot, baths before bed etc.) and what the best course of action is with the medicines. It's complicated when he's only 4 years old.
Would greatly appreciate you all adding Sam and our family to your prayer list.