When I saw Dr. Fitch, I told him Adrian's symptoms of the average cold. He had just started coughing also, which is the usual order of things...to clear out the stuff the cold brings in. Thursday, he just seemed a little cranky all around and by Friday he was still sick. The fever for the most part was gone, but the cough and cold was not. Friday night he went to sleep around 8:00 or so. I went to bed around 10:30 and got woken up by a barking seal in the room next door...that's exactly what webmd.com told me to expect. I was looking up cold symptoms and kept reading to see what other baby illnesses were like...the croup...I kept reading because a family from my church had just told me the Sunday before that their whole family had the croup...
Coughing, deep barking like a seal, gasping for air, blue around the lips...all of these I saw in Adrian that night...he kept trying to catch his breath, but it was like he couldn't breathe in deep enough. So, I told Cristian I can't just try to put him back to sleep like this...I think we need to go to the ER. I called my mom..it was late and I woke her up, but I told her I want you to know we're taking Adrian to the ER because he's gasping for air. I got dressed and we packed in the car and headed off to the Methodist Children's ER...they are REALLY great there! If you ever have to take a child to the ER, at least you want it to be as pleasant as possible. The doctors and nurses are very sweet, reassuring and explain everything to you like you are an intelligent human being and a concerned parent. As a mommy of a soon to be 15 month old, I really appreciated their kind attitudes...especially at 1 o' clock in the morning, and on Halloween!
The triage pediatrician gave Adrian the same diagnosis...the croup. She reassured me that is SOUNDS so much worse than it is and it is easily taken care of with a dosage of steroids. She checked him out...everything was good, and then sent us back to the waiting area. Another nurse escorted us to the examination area and put us in a room. We waited for a while there...the in came another doctor, again very kind...explained exactly what the croup was, why Adrian sounded so horrible, what it was doing to his larynx and what we could do to help remedy it best. She left and a nurse came in, gave Adrian his dose of steroids and we were out the door. We got home at 1:50 am and off to sleep we all went.
Saturday was hard, but better. Adrian was not himself...very cranky, little appetite, rather hoarse, and just all around not feeling well. The ER nurse had told me to alternate ibuprofen and Tylenol to help with the pain and swelling around the infection.
Saturday night, he went to bed around 7:30 and woke up at 10 to 'chat' with his daddy and then got rocked back to sleep and slept all night til 7am:):):)
He took two naps Sunday...we did not go to church, since we had also been around a contagious baby and didn't want to pass on the croup to any other church families. Adrian and I napped in the morning for a couple hours while Cristian mowed the lawns and trimmed the edges of our yard.
He seemed to feel a lot better and we even ate lunch out. He had a little apple sauce and avocado before we headed out and also ate chicken, tortillas and more avocado at lunch. We could really tell he was better with his new appetite.
He fell fast asleep on the way home. I put him in his crib around 2 o' clock and he didn't wake up til after 5 !!! He was a much happier little boy. We even got to see Ludee and Paupau tonight.
We went to my parents' house around 5:30 and hung out til 7:30 or so. Adrian showed off his pirate crawl...that is his latest way of getting around...and get around he does. In the last month, he has discovered that he doesn't have to stay wherever I set him down. He has made his way through every room in our house, although he is not very interested in the bathroom...yet:) I'll take it as long as I can!
I have to go buy door locks for some cabinets tomorrow because he has discovered Mommy's pottery and dishes make noise when he touches them...after opening and closing the cabinet doors 1000 times. I pointed him to the armoire cabinet in our living room...because it only has blankets (not breakable!) and yet he still pirate crawls his way to the dining room and kitchen cabinets and the fun begins again!
I am happy my little boy is himself again, but still need those locks!
Now to the chairs...while Adrian was napping Saturday, my mom and I drove over to a craft show off of 281...on our way there we saw some chairs at an antique store on Hildebrand, so on my way home I checked on the price...the owner was willing to go down...a lot:) so I went to the bank and got some cash...this was later Saturday afternoon, Adrian was with me, and took his nap in the car while I drove around looking for the closest bank and then came home. I was too tired to go back and get the chairs, so when we came home, Cristian played with Adrian while I took a power nap...so nice.
On Sunday, right before lunch, I took Cristian to look at the chairs since the store was minutes from our house...he liked them...not to girly...and amazingly to me...the woodwork matched the legs from our table very nicely...my patience in waiting and looking around paid off. I saved a lot and got 4 nice chairs. The owner got my name and number and said she'd called me when she got 2 more...I have learned to wait very well I think.
It's dark now, so I'll take pictures tomorrow morning and post them of our new chairs. I want to buy some material...probably toile and recover the seat. My mom recovered her dining chairs last year...very nice, I might add, so I'll just borrow her staple gun...hint hint...
detail of the legs...I like how well they match the table