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01 February 2008 @ 08:17 am
It's a little too much reality for a Friday morning, I think.  
 Would anyone like to tell me why a child's medical emergencies only happen between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., when all normal people are trying to freaking sleep?  

And why they never go to Nolan's side of the bed?

(Actually, I can answer that.  They could've lost an arm and be bleeding out, and Nolan would say, "You're fine.  Go back to bed.")

So.  The boys are at my bedside in their little boxer-briefs, shivering, and Ethan tells me, "I can't breathe." 

If you don't have children who have had upper respiratory troubles since they were 15 months old, words simply cannot express how much you hate those words.  I immediately go into Super!Mom mode.   Like I hadn't been asleep for the last 5 hours already.  Out comes the nebulizer, the Xopenex, and the pedia care & tylenol.  I sit with him while we do a double treatment, and he goes back to sleep rather easily.  I, on the other hand, did not.  And as a little extra added bonus, I think I've got it, too.

His fever keeps coming back, but the flu and strep tests were negative when I took him to the doctor yesterday morning.  Any advice from you moms on the f-list?  If not, we hunker down and wait it out.

Aaron is an iron man.  The child never gets sick, and he's a little indignant that Ethan's getting to stay home from school again. 

Please let us get better before we have to spend 16 hours in a car.  Pretty please?  With sugar on top?

And a little side of delightful:  reenie1sent me MUSIC yesterday, and it's freaking AWESOME, you don't even know.  I'm listening to the Best of Led Zepplin (according to her) on the car ride home, looking at Ethan in the rear view mirror to make sure he's alright, thinking that he's going to make a comment about the new music.  Because he notices when I get something new.  He didn't say a word.  I chalk  it up to him being sick.  

Then, I get him home and tuck him beneath a blanket on the couch, and  stick in Bridge to Terabithia, and he says in a small little voice, "Mom?  That CD in the car rocked."

I have to agree.  It totally did.  :D
I feel:: exhaustedexhausted
I hear:: Nebulizer's Greatest Hits
autumnrhythm30: Buffy Anya Bunniesautumnrhythm30 on February 1st, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Ohhh. Poor kid. I hate nebulizer treatments. Right now my asthma has come back full force, and I can't figure out what it is either. Tell him to hang in there! I know how much it sucks not being able to breathe.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
You poor thing. Asthma sucks.
I'm just me: facepalmairmidm on February 1st, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Aww, Carrie, I feel for you. *hugs*

The only thing worse than having a sick kiddo is having a sick kiddo when you are sick too. The only advice I have is riding it out since the tests came back negative.

If the Tylenol doesn't help, you can try a dose of Motrin two hours after a dose of Tylenol and alternate them until the fever is gone. (Every military doc I've ever taken my kiddos to had instructed me to do that with stubborn fevers.)

Ohh! Freeze pops work well to, not only to settle upset stomachs but to help bring down the fever. I always make my own with juice or watered down Gatorade.

I have to agree with Ethan, Zeppelin does rock!

I hope your day gets better and that both you and the little man feel better quickly.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly.
I'm just me: Taylorairmidm on February 1st, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I hope your day got a bit better.
Mandy_Caliga: pink huesmandy_caliga on February 1st, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Argh. I had asthma when I was little, but all I remember is being made to suck on gross-tasting puffers, so I can't give any advice. You're all in my prayers, though. Well, you're always in my prayers, but special "get well" ones are in order this time!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I really appreciate it.
Brendan: Rock Out!brendanm720 on February 1st, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Asthma sucks enough without being sick on top of it. Hope he's better soon.

Speaking of better...
I'm not a mom, but I do have some advice. If the cultures came back negative, it means it's probably a virus; and viri you usually have to ride out. Ibuprofin will bring his fever down, and a little Vernors to wash it down with never hurt anyone.

Also: RE: Zep...

Brock is impressed with your son's taste in music.
Carrie Leigh: record/Cassandrecarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ginger Ale. Hm. Maybe he'd drink that.

I nod to Brock. My son does have excellent taste in music.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on February 1st, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
1. *HUGSIES* for both you and Ethan. I hope you both are on the getting better side of things soon!

2. I totally just bought the whole studio collection of Led Zeppelin for my Matt for xmas ... still need to burn all that ... woot! for xmas presents to both of us ;) (though honestly, I'm more of a Floyd fan, but when you're choosing between Zeppelin and Floyd, it's kinda a win win)

Carrie Leigh: record/Cassandrecarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
I have Dark Side of the Moon in Vinyl. :)
Comic Book Goddess: Calvin - Not Entertainedrainpuddle13 on February 1st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'd be a little indignant too! I hope Ethan recovers quickly :)
Carrie Leigh: T Feltoncarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pud.

Have you seen the youtube that's going around of TF playing guitar? (squeee)
Comic Book Goddess: Draco - To Do Listrainpuddle13 on February 1st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
He posted one last night with him singing! *SQUEE*

He's so frakking adorable!
Carrie Leigh: just wickedcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I saw it this morning. I melted into a little puddle of goo. :)
Comic Book Goddess: Draco - Hard to Focusrainpuddle13 on February 1st, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Dude, seriously, that boy should not be that talented or adorable. It was funny last night when he posted that (like 3 seconds after I'd just checked) I got 8 emails from fellow fangirls!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Draco - The LOOKjandjsalmon on February 1st, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ummm... does it make me a nerd that I had a friend make it an .mp3 and now it's on a burned disc to listen to in my CAR?? ;)
Carrie Leigh: T Feltoncarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Um... It makes me a dork because I'm jealous. :)
Jandy the Gnome Whispererjandjsalmon on February 1st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
*cough*Check your email from yousendit*cough*
Comic Book Goddess: Draco - Draco Puffrainpuddle13 on February 2nd, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Uhhh no! I ♥ Tom Felton loving nerds :)

I've finally come up with a prompt for my contest that will run in early summer after the fic exchange. You interested in judging still?
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Draco - POA Hatjandjsalmon on February 2nd, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)

Sign me up to judge! WOOT!

Edited at 2008-02-02 02:18 am (UTC)
Comic Book Goddess: Draco - I'm Not Evilrainpuddle13 on February 2nd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Fabulous! I'll fill you in on details as time draws closer. *squee*

Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Draco - PoAjandjsalmon on February 2nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm uber-excited! Thanks for remembering! :)
Comic Book Goddess: D/G - text hawt sexrainpuddle13 on February 2nd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I just need to find a 4th judge and we'll all be set!
michael_caliga: Cutemichael_caliga on February 2nd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)

How about me?

(Carrie, not Michael)
Comic Book Goddess: D/G - Ginny & Draco dollsrainpuddle13 on February 2nd, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
I was about to say...

Anyway, Carrie, absolutely not! You have to write something! Remember you won the thing last time!
sue_bridehead on February 1st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you why kids go to mommies, and this is from some book I read (probably something by Brazelton). Dads are for fun, where moms mean 'business'. That is, we look after their actual needs. Dads are...well, basically nonessential personnel. ;) Which is why your kids will always come to you when it's serious.

You know, I have learned to love Led Zeppelin. My kids think they are the greatest rock band ever.

I hope you guys get better before the trip.
Carrie Leigh: pure truthcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Nonessential personell. *snort*

is pretty fucking ninjacaramelsilver on February 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Tell Aaron that there is no reason to be jealous at his brother for being home from school. It sucks being sick and the sick child would rather be at school, I'm sure.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ethan would definitely rather be at school. Aaron, however, likes to watch TV and play video games, and he feels that school interferes with this plan...
is pretty fucking ninjacaramelsilver on February 1st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can see how that pesky thing called school interferes with his plan=)
seegrimseegrim on February 1st, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh. What a cruddy night, I'm so sorry. I hope everything starts improving rapidly.

And HOORAY! for new music!

And I probably won't be able to scene until this evening, sorry. More details about that later.
Carrie Leigh: *pokes tongue*carrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I MISS you!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Heart Steamjandjsalmon on February 1st, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*

Sick kids suck. Here's hoping you all feel more rested and healthy tomorrow. :(
Carrie Leigh: a rainbow diescarrie_leigh on February 1st, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jess. Me, too.
dragonsangel68dragonsangel68 on February 2nd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
I'd love to know why they always come to our side of the bed too ;P It sounds like this is the ride out sort *hugs* I hope you're both feeling a lot better before you hit the road!
maureen: dracomaureen on February 2nd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Clearly Ethan gets his excellent taste in music from his mother.

I hope you both feel better soon!
hey you: Hendrix60sfreak on February 2nd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Okay, Ethan earns one hundred cool points for liking Zeppelin. Rock on, dude. :-)

Asthma can be very scary, feeling your lungs tighten up and your breaths get shallower. I'm glad he's okay now. Never liked nebulizers. :-P
Mala: Earth at night13oct on February 3rd, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
*hugs* I so feel your pain! Hope things are better now.