Sunday, September 23, 2007

More Twitchy Lungs - Updated

I know I haven't posted in a few days, and I promise, we haven't (quite) fallen off the earth. Thursday morning, Kora woke Kelly and I up at 5:45 am. telling us that Aubrey was coughing and was having a hard time breathing. Kelly went to get her while I had a bit to eat - I keep food by my bed to eat before I even get vertical in the morning as this helps with the nausea.

Then I pulled out the nebulizer the doctor prescribed for us back in March when we all had had bronchiolitis. A breathing treatment helped get her breathing under control so we were spared an ER visit a 6 am. However, I did take her in to the doctor. She wasn't running a fever, but had a sore throat, heavy chest, and of course, difficulty breathing. When I called our doctor a minor miracle happened - I got her in that morning. Our doctor is closed on Thursday afternoons, so it's not always possible to get an appointment that day.

She was fine when we left the house, but by the time we got into the waiting room, she was gasping for air again. Fortunately they took us back pretty quickly. After getting her height and weight, Aubrey sat down to get her temp and blood pressure, when a very funny look crossed her face and then all of a sudden, she was getting sick all over the floor. I felt so bad for the nurses who had to clean it up, but they were very sweet and were much more concerned about Aubrey, who was paler than I have ever seen her, except for deep purple marks under each eye.

The doctor told us she had a very contagious respiratory infection that was going around pretty badly here in town, and that her vomiting was because she gulped so much air attempting to breathe. So we went home with prescriptions for steroids and antibiotics - and a basin just in case she got sick again.

Well, I have to say that our doctor always gives it to us straight - it IS very contagious. Yesterday morning Kora woke up having difficulty breathing and with a sore throat. Kelly and I have it as well, although not as badly. Neither one of us have had difficulty breathing (something I have been concerned about with my asthma) but have had sore throats, headaches, etc. So far the younger ones don't have it, but I am not taking any bets that it will stay that way.

So our household is even more topsy turvy than normal. The whole family is home from church, a rarity. On a funny note, our friends with all the boys have a couple of their kids down with the same thing. We also see the same doctor, who told my friend yesterday that my girls must have been "getting smoochy" with her son. :-) We got a good laugh out of that, but the girls didn't think it was so funny. LOL

UPDATE:Now Brynna has it as well as Kora and Aubrey. And I forgot to mention that Hailey has had hives the last couple of days. And we have no idea why. We are thinking we need to take her to an allergist, as this is not the first time this has happened. If the old adage is true, then it is definitely pouring around here.


VLS said...

That doesn't sound fun at all. Poor Aubrey! Hope you all feel better soon. I sure don't want what you've got!!!

Vivian Schneider said...

I am soooo sorry! I hope all of you feel better soon. I find it interesting that we have a similar if not the same illness here. We had a small touch of it at home, but some families have quarantined themselves for 1-2 weeks. NOT FUN!! We are definitely going through the hand sanitizer!

Candace said...

We missed you guys dearly at church today and hope that you will all recover quickly!

And, can you believe that I actually remembered to bring the belly band thing? Bummer! I'll try to remember again! ;-)