Thursday, November 13, 2008

Just breathe.


We have had a pretty quiet week at home. Both boys have had a cold. For A, it is just a cold and moves on out pretty quickly. For G, it means asthma. Pretty much every time he is exposed to a cold virus he has a series of scary asthma attacks (and his cough drags on for ages). We do ok during the day, but the past few nights have been verrrrry rough. Thank goodness for the nebulizer.

Luckily, A is always very happy to stay home more during the week (more time for 'his projects'! yay!), which means we can focus on getting G back to his happy spunky self. That requires lots of snuggling, book reading, fort building, lego constructing, and a few special treats, of course, sprinkled in between lots of glue and watercolors!

18 comments:

Stephanie S. said...

Aw, Sweet Face!
My son always has trouble, too. He always coughs forever, and then ends up vomiting. :(

Mon @Holistic Mama said...

I can only imagine how much tougher it is to have asthma to be concerned about.

Here's sending G lots of healing energy his way.

Lisa Anne said...

Poor little guy. I hope he is feeling better soon. I love the snuggling part, snuggling comes at few and far between moments with an almost 13yo...sigh...

Lynch Family said...

I have heard there are all sorts of nasty bugs going around our parts, we are sending you lots of healthy vibes and good wishes, I love the puttering of this time of year . . . it works even if you do get a cold!

Stephanie said...

I hope he is better soon.

What a cute picture of him. :)

ladybug-zen said...

awww! poor g! i hope he's feeling better soon.

take care.

and that is such a cute photo. sweet boy.

Dawn said...

That must be rough. I'm so sorry. I hope G recovers from this cold quickly. It sounds like the boys are getting lots of love though...that always helps.

Mandaroo said...

Poor lil guy. We deal with that here too..both Livie and I. I dread her catching colds. It's hard to watch them struggle. I hope yours and mine outgrow it.
Well wishes your way.... : )

anthromama said...

That is exactly what happens to my son, too. Thank God for the nebulizer! I hope they both feel better soon.

Sharon said...

Zoe has the same problem. I used to hate it when she was little and we would go to play groups or activities and people would bring their visibly sick children. I understood in their minds it was just a cold but to her it meant prolonged and very SCARY asthma followed by 2 weeks of coughing... minimum! She still reacts to colds that way but it is so much easier now that she is older and can truat her to make her own choices about her state of well being and using the nebulizer.

I hope he starts improving and that you all will have a restful night tonight. Eventually it will get easier but he's still so little that you have a ways to go.
Hugs to both boys. :)

Lisa said...

Binky had asthma, too. There is nothing worse than worrying about your child's breathing! A friend suggested seeing an osteopath for his asthma. I had never heard of one, but I was so worried about having Binky on all the medications he was on. They were changing his personality. So we tried it. It was the best thing we ever did!!! Osteopathy is very gentle bone manipulation. Our osteopath said she would have Binky off his meds in a year. And you know what? She did! He no longer has any attacks! Our experience was so amazing that I suggest osteopathy to all my friends with kids and asthma. It changed our lives. I hope you don't mind the suggestion.

RunninL8 said...

Hope your kiddos are on the mend and well soon!
Huggies!

denise said...

Thanks everyone!

Oh - so sorry many of you have little ones with asthma too. It is so hard when they get sick...and you just KNOW that an asthma attack is coming, but not sure when. Whew.

Sharon - I know what you mean. We basically cannot go to storytimes, kids museums, open gyms, or anything with lots of small children as there are ALWAYS kids there who are sick (and not a sorta runny nose, but snot running down their faces as they HACK on everything). Parents always act like it is no big deal to be out in public with obviously sick kids - but we have ended up in ER or Urgent Care SO many times -- so we just stay home or only visit places for older kids (science museums!) as much as possible. Not often enough, obviously, though. ;) Does Zoe also have allergy related asthma or other day to day issues too?

Lisa - thanks for the recommendation! We should try that. G hasn't been to the point of needing constant medication (yet) - we have 2 types of inhalers and 1 nebulizer and usually just need it every time he has a cold. But that said, I have been noticing it is affecting him now when he doesn't have a cold too, so we are about at the point of next steps, so that is good to know. Thanks!

Sharon said...

Luckily hers is pretty mild most of the year with the exception of viruses and during Sept.-Oct. when there is something pollinating that aggravates it.

Hopefully you will be able to avoid a hospital run this time. Good Luck.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

I used to get cold-induced asthma attacks when I was young. And my coughs still hang on and on . . .

I hope everyone recovers soon!

Dawn said...

What a cutie pie!

Hope G is feeling better~

:)

Angie said...

We have been so fortunate not to be affected by Asthma. We have friends with children with severe asthma and it's hell.

Great to be back and reading your posts.

Angela said...

my middle child, too, struggles with cold bugs. what is a normal cold for her sister and brother turns into awful croup for her. after countless scary nights of trouble breathing and repeat trips to the hospital, she got a nebulizer, and i am grateful that we can treat her at home (sometimes it does take a little tempting with the muppets to get her to sit still for the treatment, though!)

i hope you all have fully recovered, and that things get easier for your little one as he grows.