Well, let me just say that the cough syrup didn’t work.
We’ve just returned from a(nother) trip to the emergency room. Brett decided to scare us for the “umpteenth” time in his four year life. His cough got progressively worse throughout the day and by the late afternoon, he began retracting in his rib cage. There was audible weezing, uncontrollable cough, complete loss of voice, and much stridor. So we packed him up and deciding to try and save some money, headed for a new “after hours” care clinic in Kaufman, instead of the hospital.
His coughing and symptoms improved from the time we got out of the car and sat in the waiting room for a few minutes. However, after being in the examination room, he quickly regressed back into coughing. I think he scared even the nurse that was attending him. The P.A. actually picked him up and took him to their freezer, holding his head in it for a while so he could breathe. (Cold air helps.)
Shortly after that, I hear the word “ambulance” and “hospital” in one sentence, and decide that it was definately the right decision to get him some help.
Since the hospital was just across the way, I opted to drive him there myself, met Dad in the parking lot, and then was met with open arms as we entered the ER. They didn’t even hesitate, asked if it was him (because the clinic had already called), and took him straight to the back for help.
I had no idea that croup was so dangerous?! We’ve dealt with very minor cases before, but I really had no idea that it could be life threatening like this.
Apparently, croup causes swelling in the throat around the vocal chords and can actually shut off a child’s airway. Characterized by a “barking” cough, it is a virus that can quickly cause major, major problems. Wow. I just did not realize.
It almost felt similar to what an allergic reaction must be, especially since they ended up giving him epinephrine to reduce the swelling. The doctor told me it was like he was breathing through a straw.
Thankfully, the treatment worked almost immediately and he began feeling better. He had a small reaction to the epinephrine — it made his lips turn patchy white, but the doctor said that will go away.
If you have a child, particularly under 5, and have not taken the time to research symptoms of croup, please read this article (click here).
We are living testimonies that it could save a life.
…and I give all the praise and glory to God who continually protects and heals our Brett.