Not literal rain of course, but sickness just continues to rain over us. Braxton has been congested since birth basically and periodically fights sinus infections which led to pneumonia a few months ago. About 3 weeks ago now, I took him in to the pediatrician because he had a cold which seemed to be getting worse so I took him in to be checked. She said his lungs, ears, and throat were clear and it was all upper airway that was congested. As usual. As a precaution, she did give us an antibiotic since Brax is prone to sinus infections. Over the week, his cough did not get better, only worse. It also caused his vomiting to come back again because he was coughing so forcefully. Back to the pediatrician who diagnosed him with croup. I told her the last time he had croup the only thing that helped him was a racemic epinephrine treatment at the hospital. Instead, she gave us an oral steroid for two days and sent us on our way. We have a nebulizer at home and continued to give Brax Albuterol and Pulmicort breathing treatments, but since it’s not his lungs that are congested, they had little affect on him.
Needless to say, the cough only got worse, the steroid did nothing. Last Tuesday, we ended up in the ER again as the cough just continued to worsen. The ER doctor again said it was an upper airway infection and not in the lungs. They did a chest X-Ray anyway and they gave him the racemic epinephrine treatment after I again explained that that is what helped him last time. They also suctioned him really good and tested him for flu and RSV. Thankfully, the chest x-ray came back clear and the flu and RSV tests came back negative. They gave us the Oral Steroid again, this time for four days and said to continue his nebulizer treatments. I’ve been diluting his feeds again with pedialyte because it seems the full strength pediasure peptide is just too much. Plus, the coughing is so violent at times that it causes him to vomit. Seems that the steroid is working and breaking up all the mucous, but it’s upsetting his tummy now too. Hopefully, we won’t have to dilute feeds much longer. Slowly trying to get back to full strength formula to see if he can keep it down. Got the humidifier going non stop too. Seems to be helping overnight, thankfully!! Brax isn’t waking up from coughing fits as often overnight so hopefully he’s on the mend.
But now, mommy is sick too! Blah. We get so caught up in taking care of our children when they are sick that we forget to take care of ourselves to our own detriment. Pretty sure I’ve caught some kind of stomach virus. I haven’t been able to eat anything for 2 days and my strength and patience are wearing thin. I can barely carry Brax up and down the stairs right now. I hope whatever it is goes away soon!! I hate being sick. I gotta remember to take care of myself so I can take care of my kiddos. It’s tough to put my own needs above my kids, but sometimes you just have to. Aileen’s dad is coming to pick her up for the rest of the weekend, poor girl is so bored since I haven’t been able to do much of anything. After I get Brax bathed and in bed, I’m going to take a nice long shower and try to relax too. Momma needs rest!