I guess I should give everyone an update on what is going on. Well it all started Thurday the 26th. I had a Dr. appt in Columbia so Kim, Molly, and Isaac went with me and we did some shopping and ate at Olive Garden. We got home about 9. Isaac was sleeping so I brought him in and put him in his crib. I took a shower and then came to the living room to watch the rest of the MU game. Mom was on the couch. Isaac coughed a few times (they sounded very dry and course) and then sounded like he was gagging. So I jumped up out the chair and went in there thinking that he had thrown up or something. I walked in the bedroom and he was sitting up in his crib. I picked him up and he was lathargic and was having trouble breathing. I was trying to be very calm. I came into the living room to where mom was laying on the couch. What I said was "Mom, I think we need to do something Isaac isn't breathing very well." What Mom heard was "Mom, Isaac isn't breathing." I didn't know Mom could still move so fast. She flew up off the couch and said what he isn't breathing. I, very calmly, said no I said he isn't breathing very well. She took him and I called the 24 hour nurse hotline. The nurse was very calm unlike myself. By now I was starting to get nervous b/c Mom kept saying Stephanie we have to do something with him. The nurse asked is he had color and he did, she asked if his lips were blue and they werent so that was good. She then ask me to put the phone up to him to see if she could hear him over the phone. Well needless to say she could here him trying to breath and then cough some. By this time I had Isaac back in my hands and Mom was on the phone with nurse. The nurse instructed to put him in a steam room by going into the bathroon and putting the shower on hot and just sit in there with him and have him breath in the steam. She asked how far away we lived and she told Mom that we lived to far away to try to make it to Columbia. She said I think it is probably croup by the way he sounded but he should start breathing better very soon. He wasn't. He was just taking these very short dry course sounding breathes. I was starting to panic some and was getting very scared. The nurse then told Mom that she probably should go on and call 911 and they would be able to come out and get him and make sure everything was okay. **There is something about it when you hear call 911 and it being your child they are calling about that sends you into panic mood.** I was petrified. So Mom made the call to 911 as I stayed in the bathroom with him. Knowing that calling 911 was going to dispatch the Blackwater Fire Dept I told Mom to call Kim and tell her what was going on b/c Chad has a pager and they will hear it come across. Well Mom didn't get them called fast enough. (The following is funny now but wasn't at the time) Chad was getting ready to get in the shower and Kim was going to bed. Chad was putting his pager in the charger when it started sounding off to dispatch Blackwater. Kim laughed at Chad and said well I don't guess you will be going to the shower. Chad said well dam-it what is it. The dispatcher continues to say Blackwater Fire dispatch to (gave our address) Kim and Chad paused and just looked at each other. They continued to say 15 month old baby with trouble breathing. They just looked at each other and Chad says are you going or am I? Kim said I am going and was out the door and here in about 3 minutes. About the time that some of the Blackwater Fire guys got here Isaac finally started breathing a little more normal but was still out of it. It took the freaking ambulance forever to get here. I am pretty sure that I could have been to Columbia before the Boonville ambulance got here. When they got here I brought Isaac out and sat on the couch. He was breathing pretty good and just laid on my chest. The parimedics asked how he was and I stated that he was better. They went on to say that that is one thing about croup it comes on so fast. They said that they would take him in if I wanted but that there wasn't really anything they could do for him as far as the croup goes. Well by now Isaac see's all these people in the house so he sits up and starts laughing at them and just talking acting like he wasn't sick at all. I about died so we opted to stay home. They did advise to sleep in the chair with him in case it flared up again. By the time all this was over it was after 12:30 am and Isaac was wound up like crazy. Everyone left and we finally got back to sleep around 1:30am. We didn't have any more episodes that night just not very good sleep. Also may I mention that I missed the last 5 minutes of the MU ballgame. But regardless they won....
So the Dr.'s office called me Friday morning to check on us and see how things were going. They said they would check him if I wanted them to just to make sure everything was okay. So we went into the Dr that afternoon. He did verify that Isaac has croup and there is nothing you can do for it b/c it is viral. The Dr. said that what they have been seeing is that kids come in here with croup or any other kind of viral infection and then within a fw days start running a fever and have influenza (flu). He said so if he starts running a fever that is probably what he has. If you think it is something else like his ears or something to call them and they would check it out. I said okay and then was just praying that he did't start running a fever. Well Saturday afternoon guess what he started running the fever. We had a very rough night Saturday night not getting very much sleep. He ran a fever all day today, I could not really ever get it to break. He is in bed now so hopefully we will get some kind of sleep. I am sure hopeing that this doesnt last very long. I just want a healthy baby back and one that is happy again. He is just cranky and deosn't really know what he wants. He thinks he wants to be held but then he wants down and then wants back up on your lap. Let me just say, it has been a long day!!
I think we have Abby to blame for this. She was sick the week of March 9th testing positive for influenza A and B. She was out of school all week. Then on the 21st she started running a fever again but was fine the next day. Then around the 24th she started running a fever again so she went to the Dr. and they said that she had something viral again. She then started with a cough that has lasted for some time. They say that only kids under 3 get croup, but older kids can be a carrier of it. So we think that Abby basically had croup but they call it something else for older kids and Isaac got it from her. Regardless they share EVERYTHING!
**For whatever reason my spell check wont work so sorry for any mispelled words**