The past three weeks has brought me two sick kids along with a few sick days myself. I can deal with being sick, but it is something about the kids being sick that makes me feel so helpless.
About a week before school let out for Christmas break, I could Princess A was getting sick. She caught RSV about a month old which caused her to have bronchiolitis. She never "grew out of it" and now has asthma that tends to flare up as the weather changes drastically. It just so happened that a cold front came through and I could hear her wheezing. By mid-week she was a mess and we kept her home and started our round-the-clock schedule of nebulizer treatments and fever reducer.
A few days later, Prince C started coughing. I didn't think much of it since this is his first experience with colder weather. The coughing became more frequent, along with a congestion. Then I heard it...WHEEZING!! I already knew deep down it was bronchitis too and a trip to the doctor confirmed it. Somehow, he'd caught RSV too. My heart sank at the diagnosis but at least we know what to do.
Although, Princess A was now on the upswing, Prince C was MISERABLE and looked so helpless. The way he looked at me for help brought me to tears. Of course, with all of this going on, I HAD to come down with something myself. It went away within a few days luckily.
Prince C had his follow-up visit a few days ago and was cleared. He's back to his normal smiling self...for now. Just like his sister, we will have to monitor him this next year and see if it comes back. If it is just like hers, we will have another flare up in the spring and another in the fall. He may or may not grow out of it.
I know a flare up will come again...and most likely, again. I don't know what else to do other than be prepared with their breathing meds.
What do you do when your child has a chronic condition?
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