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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Croup? Crap!

So Lucas appears to have the croup. Being viral in nature, as opposed to bacterial, there is nothing anyone can give him to make him feel better. Basically he is taking tylenol ever 4 hours and we're using the steamer thing in his room. It is really scary, his throat is all sore and buggered and it is swollen. This means he fights for breath and his little chest compresses with the effort, the more upset he gets the more he fights for breath. So you have to calm him down and then he will breath normally.

For a bit.

Basically we all got about 4 hours sleep last night. At one point Chris gave up, took him upstairs, put him on her chest on the sofa and he fell asleep for a bit. This let me get 2 hours of sleep. She's downstairs, collapsed right now.

It is very odd, when we are alone I am more than able to calm Lucas down, but as soon as Moms is in the house I am a distant second choice.

The doctors (and websites I've been reading) all tell us that this will last for a few more days and then will be mostly gone. This assumes that we will be alive to see this great leap forward.


At 3:45 p.m., Anonymous JJ Daddy in Savannah said...

I've always thought croup was scary. The kid wakes up in the middle of the night barking and wheezing and panicking and if you haven't gone through it before, you don't know what the hell is going on.
Then of course, you have to sit in a hot bathroom with the shower going for a half an hour getting the kid and yourself calmed down.
This is one of those things I warn neophyte parents about, if I am ever asked for advice.

At 4:05 p.m., Blogger Cameron Campbell said...

The worst bit is the look of utter panic on his face. HOLY CRAP.

We were using one of those steamer things for his room. But frankly all it seemed to be doing was making his room stink like a swamp.

The best bit about living in Canada at times like this is that the mere act of breathing outside is enough to shrink throat inflammation.


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