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I have a rule in my house, in the morning. 

Mama doesn't get dressed for work, until Coen is dressed, fed, put in his car seat and out the door.

Why?

Because if you aren't careful, my might spit up or throw up on your before he leaves and then you have to change your outfit anyway.

This morning, was a prime example as to why this rule is important to remember, however, maybe a bath towel wasn't the best option.

About 10 days ago, Coen starting having this cough.  At first it was just scary because it was like he was coughing and couldn't catch his breath.  Because we had just been at the dr. for his 4 month appointment and there was talk about whooping cough, this is immediately where my mind went.  Not to mention the fact that there was a man in the next room who seriously was yelling through his cough and scaring the crap out of me.  I just assumed that this is what he had.  However, it was on a Sunday that this all was going down and the pediatricians office is closed so I couldn't get any really solid answers.  I called the dr. on call and after paging him 3 times between 4am and 9am, he finally responded.  He gave me some vague information and basically confirmed that it wasn't whooping cough.  He told us to monitor it and bring him in on Monday if it didn't get better.

It didn't get better.

So we brought him in on Monday during their sick bay in the morning to get him checked out.  Within about 7 minutes, the nurse practitioner had us hooked up like this...


Coen has Infant Brochiolitis.

What is Bronchiolitis? 
Well, it's an infection of the small air passage ways to the lungs.  It's also, not contagious.

I was going to link something above, from what I had found on the internet, but I don't like any of the sites that I've found... so I'm not going to link.  I was given some great information from my doctor and feel confident about their treatment for Coen.

What treatment?
Well, in the picture above, I'm giving him a breathing treatment.  We have been doing these at home with a nebulizer, that we now own and we have been doing them 4 times a day for the last 10 days.  It's not a fun thing for Coen.  If he's awake when we do them, he really fights us.  It's taken the both of us to hold him and get the treatment done, which is just not fun at all.  If he's crying through it (though) he'll take some really big breaths and it actually makes it work a lot better.  However, we try to do it while he's sleeping so that we don't disturb him or make him cry.  I hate it when he cries.  The treatments take about 10 minutes and we do one in the early am (around 4am-6am), one around 12pm, one at 5:30pm and one around 10pm.  It's time consuming, but it's really helping him to breath more clearly and cut the cough back a bit.

How long will we do the treatment?
Well, it's supposed to be when the wheezing and cough goes away, and that hasn't happened yet.  I've called the dr. to do a follow up call this morning and I'm waiting to hear back from him to see if he'll want to see Coen again before we stop.

What does this all have to do with this morning?
Well, because he's so congested and coughy, it's really hard for him in the mornings to get his mucus under control.  He usually gags a couple of times on it and acts like he's going to throw up about 6 times each morning.  This morning was especially bad because he just couldn't' get a grip on it.  And before I knew it, it was everywhere.  Luckily I was right by the kitchen, so I just walked in there and let it just fall wherever... easy clean up.  However, I was just in my towel and this resulted in me taking two showers this morning and giving Coen a speed bath so that we didn't all leave smelling like vomit.

Poor thing looks so helpless when we do the treatments, but I'm hopeful that we don't have to do them for very much longer. I think my sitter feels the same way too... Crossing my fingers.

Comments

the grumbles said…
Jude had bronchiolitis at almost the exact same age. the nebulizer is such a bummer. feel better soon Coen!
abkdesign said…
oh no... Gavin had this too and hated the nebulizer- i think it was more the noise of it that he hated! I felt like it helped and he did get better! Feel better Coen!
Kristal said…
Oh no!! Poor guy...get better soon, Coen!
Sassytimes said…
Awe, poor little guy. I hate coughs in kids. Both my girls have coughs when they sleep right now and it scares me to death. I can't sleep at night because I'm afraid they will choke or not be able to breathe properly. Needless to say, we are all tired. I'm already OVER winter sickies. :(

Hope your little man gets better quickly!

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