Jul 15, 2010

Bad news and good news

Bad news:  He's got a cough.  Woke up Monday with one.  Went away.  Another on Tuesday.  Went away with treatments. Wednesday and that night.  Both went away with treatments ... but he coughed through the night off and on.  Today, he's still croupy even with extra treatments. 

As he lays here beside me tonight, he's sleeping but he's still coughing.  He can only have the albuterol/pulmicort every 4 hours and it's only been 2.  He's still saturating nicely and he's not struggling to breathe.  I have a stethoscope and to my untrained ears, it sounds like all the crud is high and nothing low in the lungs.  I'll get up through the night to give breathing treatments through the night every 4 hours. 

Hope and pray it clears.  If not, we'll be at the Doctor tomorrow to see what she hears.  And other than IV fluids, I have EVERYTHING at home that they use for him at the hospital.  (That was their plan.) 

And no, the irony is not lost on me that the cough assist might have arrived just in time to, uh... er ... "assist in his coughing".  (Update on that ... in talking with several moms with similar situations, many use it only when the child is sick, not a a preventative measure.  I think I can live with that.)

Good news:  He has yet another new skill.  You know the game "uh-oh"?  Where a typically 1 year old takes and object and throws it on the ground.  He says, "Uh-oh" and you pick it up.  Then he does it over and over and over?  Well ... he started that today!  Complete with the sound "Uh-oh" and the giggle at the end. 

Of course we have to modify it for him due to muscle weakness.  Usually it's a set of car keys or some other noisy object.  But for him, it was the corner of a piece of crinkly paper.  Nevertheless, he understood the game and played it for a long time with me.  Tooo fun!  

And as I recall, I've played this with many a 1 year old.  So he's right on track!

For the record, the pics are from his first month home.  Just wanted to show how much he's changed in 3 1/2 months!

1 comment:

  1. He is such a cutie pie!!! How fun that he is playing the "oh oh" game.

    Praying for Manny... and you too!

    Love and blessings,