1.14.2014

The ER

Saturday evening we had an uneventful flight from KC back to L.A.. Marcus was such a good traveler we had passengers compliment us on how well Marcus did - that is monumental! I figured the rest of our weekend would be smooth sailing.

That night we followed our regular routine of putting Marcus to bed at 7:30. The next thing I know it's midnight and we are woken to the ever familiar sound of the "seal bark" cough, also known as croup. This time it was different, it was worse than we'd ever heard. Scott went to check on Marcus and in a blur we were rushing out the door headed to the ER.

Little man had such labored breathing he was visibly working to catch a breath. His chest was heaving and the sound escaping his mouth was indescribably terrifying.

Watching my poor baby try to get a few precious gasps of oxygen, and there wasn't a single thing I could do for him, was the scariest thing I've ever experienced in my life.
Upon our arrival to the ER we were quickly admitted. I was relieved, as the waiting room was full and I was certain we would spend a great deal of time there.

Marcus was beyond petrified of the place. Due to the amount of stress Marcus was in, it was near impossible getting all of his vitals. However, the nursing staff was great, Marcus was assessed, and it was quickly determined that the croup was simply a severe case. Thank you Lord.

After a nebulizer breathing treatment followed by a dose of cool, moist air, as well as a steroid to open up his airway, our little man could breath a little easier.
Here we are, three days post ER trip and his breathing doesn't sound so scary. The tell-tale "barky" croup sound is gone. But, Marcus is left with a nasty cough that hasn't done a whole lot in the way of getting any good sleep.

Little man is on the road to recovery, and after the terrifying trip to the ER, that is more than enough to be thankful for.

21 comments:

  1. Even in sickness, he still has the cutest face and sweetest dimple. So glad he's already getting better and you followed your instincts to get him in!

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  2. Oh no, how scary! Glad it wasn't anything more serious than that ---hope he's feeling better soon :-)

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  3. So scary! Glad they were able to get him in quickly. And I know all too well the fear of doctors because Lorelai has the same problem. :(

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  4. Oh man I know that was so scary for all of you guys! So glad he is getting better!

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  5. Cannot even imagine how scary that had to have been. So glad he's getting better! Hope you all get some much deserved sleep soon.

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  6. been there! so scary and Im so glad he is alright.
    the best thing we have ever bought is a neb machine for home. it is so nice being able to catch the ickies before they get full blown! and it saves on multiple trips to the doctors office (which we learned the hard way). hope M is on the mend!

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  7. Poor Marcus and poor mama! I know how scary that can be. We've had a nebulizer at home since Clay was 5 months old and even though it's not fun to do treatments, I'm so thankful for them!

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  8. Ugh! Sorry Momma and M! Nothing worse than a late night trip to the ER. Do you have a nebulizer machine at home? We are the proud owners of one thanks to Brady's trip to the hospital where we learned he has asthma. It is the best thing ever. If you don't have one, I would ask your doctor to prescribe you one.

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  9. I can not imagine how scary that must have been! I'm glad he is on the mend!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! We are so thankful Marcus is feeling better, too!

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  10. So so so scary. So glad that it was not more serious and you guys got great care in the ER. Get better Little One!!!!

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  11. Ugh, that would be so scary! I'm so glad he is feeling better.

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  12. Oh no, so scary. A trip to the ER is never a good trip to take. I'm glad he is alright!

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  13. I know how scary it is to watch your child not be able to breathe and feel completely helpless! So glad it was nothing worse and that he is feeling better!

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  14. Nothing worse than seeing your baby sick, especially when they can't breathe. Miss Reagan was hospitalized for 5 days with RSV when she was just 2 weeks old, SCARIEST.MOMENT.OF.MY.LIFE.

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  15. I can't even imagine! So scary but you sound so calm telling the story! I hope his cough goes away and he gets better so he can get out and enjoy that sunshine you guys were missing!!!

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  16. SO scary!! i am so glad he's back on the mend so he can smile - that dimple!!! melt.

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  17. How scary! I am glad he is feeling better.

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  18. What a scary experience. I hope he feels better now. Do you have to do breathing treatments every night now?

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  19. I'm so glad he's feeling better. both of my boys had bronciolitis and Simon ended up at the hospital needing breathing treatments for that. it is super scary when it happens!

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  20. I'm so glad he's ok. How scary, I can't even imagine how you guys were feeling.

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