croup

22 Jan

Croup has infected our home. It has been a pretty nerve-wracking 48 hours, BUT I think we’re in the clear. At least I hope. Has anyone heard of Good Night Pediatrics? It’s where I always take my boys if they need an urgent care after hours. It’s awesome. Everyone on staff is a pediatrician or trained to work with children. There’s a smaller wait than there would be at the ER. AND it’s was less expensive. I always know we are going to be really taken care of when we are there. So that’s where we went on Friday night. Rider’s cough sounded like a bark, so I knew something was up. And he was moaning and crying and in obvious pain and uncomfort. I’m so glad I took him in! He had croupe WITH stridor. Which basically meant that his vocal cords were so swollen that they were almost swollen shut. And if that had happened, he wouldn’t have been able to breathe.

When the doctor told me this I tried to stay calm, but really I just stood there while silent tears rolled down my cheeks. Stopping breathing is a scary thought. And I didn’t think he was THAT sick. But I was wrong.

So he had to do breathing treatments and be monitored for over two hours. We left the urgent care at almost 1 am with a little boy who felt SO much better. Those breathing treatments really worked! So I’ve been closely watching him ever since then, leaving little time for much else. Cruz has OBVIOUSLY been naughty since all of this went down because all of our attention hasn’t been directly on him. But I’ve got two happy, BREATHING kiddos so I’ll take the naughty and the tantrums!

Hopefully we are at the end of it. And I know once they get croupe, their chances of getting it again are high. So, that’s freaky a little bit. But I feel equipped with what to look for and I know when to take him in now. I’m glad I listened to my gut and took him when I did. I almost decided to just put him to bed for fear of them just telling me that it was just a cold and a cough. I’m SUPER grateful I listened to my gut on this one and went in.

So, here’s to getting back on track this week. With healthy kids, a clean house (HAHAHA) and a better attitude than the one I have right now.

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4 Responses to “croup”

  1. Working Mom January 23, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Thank God for our mommy gut instincts! Glad he’s feeling better!

    • jesswilliams January 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

      Thanks Thalia! 🙂

  2. steph January 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Good night pediatrics is where we took kels for croup at 3am. We could have met up there. Ha. Glad little man is ok. You’re doing great, mom!

    • jesswilliams January 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

      Thanks Steph! We definitely should have met up there! haha Call me next time! 😉 xo

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