Then on Saturday I heard a loud bang at 2 in the morning. Travis and I both rushed into his room. He was crying hysterically. I thought he fell out of bed. I don't know what happened exactly. I just know he was screaming saying, "I can't breathe! I don't want to die. Please don't let me die!" He was wheezing.
I thought he was having an asthma attack. I've had them. Sometimes if allergies get really bad, an asthma attack can occur.
I was trying to stay calm. I grabbed Isaak, told Travis to get the Vics Baby rub to rub on his chest, and a drink of water. I know Vics does nothing. I was just trying to calm him down. Then I told Travis to get my phone, so I could call the oncall nurse. Travis at this point was about to come unglued on me. He said, "I know I'm quitting my job, but we NEED to get him to the emergency room NOW! It's not time to be cheap Alissa!"
I said, "I know Travis, but we need to ask the nurse, and we need to calm Isaak down. Calming him down will help him to breathe."
The nurse asked me some questions and said, "Take him to the ER."
So we threw some clothes and slippers on Isaak, to go to the ER.
Travis nearly went threw red lights, and sped the whole way there. Isaak by that time calmed down.
The doctors, nurses and receptionist were great. They really knew what they were doing. I didn't have to deal with insurance - Dad did that. Isaak and I went to get him treated. They said, "Hear that cough? It's a seal's cough. He has Croup."
I said, "He was freaking out because he couldn't breathe." They said, "Yep they all do."
They handed Isaak an ipad with Fruit Ninja on it.
Then they gave him a Steriod drug to open him up.
Besides his seal cough, here's the difference between an Asthma Attack and Croup: Asthma is tightening in the chest and Croup is tightening in the throat. They both need a Steriod treatment if they get bad.
I know what Croup is. Mica had it as an older baby. I just thought only babies and toddlers got it. It's a parainfluenza virus. It's most common in babies and toddlers, but any child can get it.
Since then I got this sickness. Adults can get it to. They just don't get the breathing problems that go with it. Now Mica has it. He's just sneezing, and coughing.
What to do with Croup:
- We did do the right thing to go to the emergency room. Steriods will help open the airway. They even said we could come back if needed.
- Steam helps. We've had some baths and our Crane frog humidifier with peppermint oil has been getting a workout.
- Drink a lot of water. My kids swear I'm trying to drown them. You know they aren't getting enough water if their lips are dry, or their pee is yellow.
- I had to point this next one out to Dad: Keep them calm! If a child, or an adult gets panicked during an Asthma or Croup attack that can close up their airway even more.
Isaak feel Croupy!
Yes I know Mr. Sicky needs a hair cut.