DS (3.5) is sick. He was coughing all morning. Then I noticed around lunch that his cough just seemed.. concerning. It turns out he doesn't have an actual cough, this cough was a warning sign of an asthma attack. I gave him a breathing treatment at 2:15, just before he took a nap. He woke up at 4:45 with a 100.2 fever, crying, and full-on wheezing. I did another breathing treatment, which he finished at 5:30. Now I am waiting to see how he does in an hour. If he is already starting to get tight and wheezy again, I'll have to take him to the ER. If he can last the 4 hours until his next treatment, then we should be OK.
Of course this has to happen when DH is on his way to MN to visit with his grandparents. My in-laws are up there, too, along with both of my SILs, my BIL and his wife. My parents left today for a vacation, too. So my options for getting help with my other 2, in the event that I need to take DS to the ER, are limited. Ugh. I swear, these situations always tend to happen when I am completely on my own!
The kids are eating dinner now. Then I will see how his breathing is at 6:30 and make the call... I really hope he'll be OK with at-home treatments! Poor kid. :(
We are home now! He is still having issues, though. The ER's goal is not to cure it, but just to get the attack under enough control that he can last 4 hrs between treatments. It's frustrating having to leave and come up with him still struggling to breathe, though. :( He has to get treatments every 4 hours, even overnight. He is doing one right now, then I will set my cell phone alarm to wake me in 4 hours for the next one. Hopefully he can hold out so we don't have to go back!
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and well wishes!
Michelle, mom to Lucy, Henry and Charlie