Last night, I had part two of the Celebrator’s holiday beer tasting so I didn’t get home until about ten. Sarah and I were talking and we could hear Alice on the monitor. She was coughing something fierce, but even more troubling, she seemed to be having trouble catching her breath. It sounded labored, like she was struggling to breath. From the kids’ bouts with croup, we knew certain things we should do for this, such as a steam bath or bulbing her nose, but these didn’t seem to be helping all that much. Her nose was very congested and gunk was pouring out, but no matter how much we got out there was still more. So after we tried everything we could think of, I took Alice down to emergency to make sure her lungs and breathing were okay.
They tested her for RSV, but happily that came back negative. They listened to her lungs and checked out her ears and that all looked okay, too. The chest x-ray, however, showed a slight abnormality on her lungs. The doctor couldn’t say for sure that she has pneumonia but the x-ray is “suggestive” of it and so in an abundance of caution he’s prescribed a course of antibiotics. We got back home around one-ish, exhausted but medicated.
Alice at the emergency room.
She kept running her hand over the bed rail, over and over again. It was as if she found it comforting.