Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tortured Breathing!

Last week, Cooper started getting a runny nose. Then came a little cough and then a bigger cough. He was warmer than usual. His breathing started to sound labored. At nights, he would whimper for hours and/or arch his back and cry like he was in pain. He slept more often during the day and wanted to be held closely. He wasn't himself!!! After a couple of days, I thought I better call the doctor. I usually just let sicknesses take their course, but something seemed a little different with this one. I was mostly concerned about his tortured breathing. Maybe he had an ear infection or something that needed to be treated.

I took him to the doctor and it was a good thing! His breathing was very labored, his lungs sounded badly and his breathing tubes were congested and wheezy. Dr. McKenna said he is pre-pneumonia, but it could develop to that quickly because of the pesky virus. Cooper was started on breathing treatments 4-5 times a day and one medicine.
He HATES the breathing treatments. It is Albuterol(?) which is what the give people with asthma. It is supposed to help open the bronchial tubes and clear the lungs. Cooper fights and fights - turning his head from side-to-side, squirming, throwing his head back, pulling with his arms etc. He thinks it is TORTURE! What a strong little guy! The dr. also said to keep him away from kids under two for a week. He went to church to hear Emerson Hadfield be blessed and Dad speak, but then we went home. That's about our outings where kids would be for the past week! He is doing so much better now. He still has a little cough and runny nose, but is breathing and acting well and happy!

On Friday, Cadence started coming down with a cough, runny nose and fever. She slept A LOT on Fri, Sat and Sun. By Monday, she was feeling much better too.
I'm excited for both of their coughs and runny noses to go away completely!!!

8 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Oh no! Poor little guy. I hope he starts feeling better soon!

Heather said...

Wow. That is really scary. I am glad that you went with your instincts and took him to the doctor. Poor guy. We all got colds in Hawaii but luckily it wasn't that bad for any of us. I am glad you are all getting better.

thegardnerthree said...

That's awful! I am sorry little Cooper. And, that is the saddest little picture of Cadence. I hope your family is all better REALLY soon!

Katey said...

Sad little dude. Hope they both are back to healthy happy kiddos soon.

amy greenway said...

I haven't checked in for a while and I can't believe how much your little ones have grown! I can sympathize with the breathing treatments. Cecily has asthma. Hope your cute kids come out of this soon.

Tara Bergsjo said...

Yuck, That is so not fun when kids are so sick!! I am glad to hear they are feeling better.

Sue said...

I'm so sorry. I hate it when kids are sick. Little Lincoln keeps getting ear infections. I hope they are better soon.

Mary Lampros said...

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry y'all have had to deal with this. I'm glad you got it under control so he didn't have to go to the hospital, but those breathing treatments sound terrible. Jacob is on an inhaler and it's always a struggle to get him to use it. Don't you love the cold/flu season? It's kicked our collective booty this year!