We haz it.
Dean started coughing a bit on Sunday afternoon. We figured it was from playing outside with a friend all morning in the park. (Yes, I saw the air quality warnings. I just didn't want him to live in a bubble, ya know?) By that evening, he was barking like a seal. Given his asthma diagnosis, we tend to panic a little whenever there's a breathing-related issue. We called the on-call number for our pediatrician to see whether or not we needed to run to the ER. She listened to him over the phone and said it sounded like croup, which is viral. Great! No trip to the ER! Not so great--this can't be "cured" with antibiotics. We've been cooped up in the house waiting this illness out ALL WEEK. Dean and I are both prone to cabin fever, so we're losing our minds a bit.
I decided today was the day we HAD to get out of the house, so we headed out to Target mid-morning. Dean was SO excited to get in the car. The entire way to Target, he kept talking about the big red balls outside the store. He was very well-behaved in the store, not running off or flailing about or anything his three-year-old self normally does on an outing. About halfway through our shopping list, though, he tuckered out. He looked up and held out his little arms and said, "Sugar, I hold you?" I carried him the rest of the way. My arms may never recover.
What stinks about croup is the obvious sore throat you get from coughing that much. Dean has not wanted to eat A THING this week. For a couple of days, we could get some macaroni and cheese or scrambled eggs in him. Jello was our go-to for snacks.(Funny sidebar: I made Jello in one of my small mixing bowls. Dean has only ever seen it in snack packs. He kept saying, "Wow!" He was very impressed that I could MAKE Jello.) He'd eat yogurt. Then yesterday, he wanted NOTHING. I even bought Gerber applesauce and some Beechnut baby oatmeal to see if he'd eat those (they're my usual last resort and they nearly always work). NADA. I put out feelers to my Facebook and Twitter friends and called my mom to ask about PediaSure. We're going to pick up some of that or some Carnation Instant Breakfast today to try and get some calories in this guy. Fortunately, he'll still drink, so he's definitely not dehydrated. I slip his asthma meds in his juice or milk, so it's good that we're still able to get those in him.
Our activities have included watching what is probably way too much tv (especially a new short Tinkerbell movie about 5 times), Play-Doh, playing with the Little People Farm, reading and reading and reading, working on potty training and perusing this week's Walgreen's sale paper. Dean loves showing me the Easter stuff and telling me what the bunny is going to bring him. He also likes to sing a lot these days. Today we watched the Imagination Movers in concert and he sang nearly all the songs. (We listen to the CD in the car on our way to and from school every day.)
Here's hoping the croup vacates the premesis soon. We need some socialization!
Also, you'll notice I didn't mention the fact that Dean coughed into my open mouth and probably gave me the croup, because if I don't talk about it, it's not real. (I feel fine! REALLY! Where's the Claritin...)