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!!!