We all got this cold and I thought it was relatively mild. After a day, most of us started feeling better. Christmas night Corbin got hit by it, hard. He was up coughing all night, but then yesterday after some snuggling he really perked up, even jumped on the trampoline and fought with his brothers. Then last night at bedtime he started struggling to breathe. Every breath sounded horrible and you could see his neck caving in. I put the beanbag under his pillow to help him sleep more upright and it seemed to help, but he would only sleep for a couple of minutes and then wake up coughing and get all worked up again.
I got really scared when he started talking to me about things he saw that weren't really there. I thought the fever was making him hallucinate, but it never got above 100.5 so I really think he was just so tired that he was half dreaming since his eyes were closed most of the time.
There is an emergency room right down the street from us, so I took him there. I've never seen a standalone ER before, they've all been attached to hospitals. They got him right in and he got 2 breathing treatments, and I got him home at 2am and he slept so peacefully the rest of the night.
They said it was textbook croup and the reason he got so bad is his airway is the smallest so the swelling makes a bigger difference.