We've been having such great days lately. James is feeling fantastic, his school is amazing, he's continued to gain weight, he's eating better. We even spent a week helping out with long days at the barn which even a month ago would have resulted in major health problems, weight loss, hospital stays...you know, the usual. It's why I barely ride anymore, because any time we tried to rejoin society, we were punished big time. It was just easier to stay in our bubble. So anyway, the week was amazing for all of our mental health cause everything was...fine! Dare I say...normal? We keep taking extra deep breaths in relief and amazement.
This is ironic because this morning, James couldn't breathe. Totally fine yesterday, woke up this morning coughing and panicking, bright red (but not blue, so that's good), and could just barely suck in air. Tom was just about to leave but fortunately hasn't yet! We took him in the bathroom to breathe steam but after that wasn't helping, we called the dr on call and then when he STILL wasn't getting better, 911. About 10 min later, he was still wheezing, but taking in air much better. FYI, ambulance still hadn't arrived. Next time we won't bother with that call. Scary thought. Anyway, we figured better not to scare him with even seeing the EMTs, so when they finally arrived after 18 min, we sent them away (they are awesome btw, just really far away!).
Alright, so my first thought when I was holding him was asthma attack. Not that he's ever had asthma, but we have family members who do and there's a lot of stuff blooming right now...yada yada. And my actual, calm, and rational train of thought was: well, everything's been really good, so it would stand to reason that we will now start dealing with life threatening asthma. Okey doke.
Um, he has croup. Never really occurred to me he just had a virus. And I know it can be serious in some cases, obviously. This was pretty bad. We are armed with steroids and a nebulizer now. And yes, I had to explain to them that I totally know how to use it. I used to have to nebulize a horse. I'm good. And we were also instructed not to hesitate to call 911 again if he gets worse. I didn't explain that we'd probably just drive ourselves cause its faster.
Anyway, the eastern part of Rappahannock county was up in arms this morning wondering where the emergency vehicles were heading. So thank you for all the calls and texts and prayers. It was us. Again. ;) But hey, at least it was for a NORMAL reason!
Then we went to the toy store so I could overcompensate for the morning's torture.
Then I let Eve play with dog food and dog water. Hey, I did throw her a towel.
Is it 5:00 yet??