Comments: Croup, ERs, Legos, and Hello Kitty... All in One Bonus Post... With Pix!

HOLY CRAP!!!

I need a week to recover just from reading about what you've been through.

Hope Bones is better soon.

And I'm with you about the flu vaccine.

Posted by Mrs. Who at September 27, 2009 09:32 PM

Oh I sooooo hear you about the flu vaccine - I don't get them. Ever. And feel no need to go all guinea pig for them... I am fine -just fine. It's the flu fercryinoutloud - not the plague. And I DON'T fit the demographic. At.all.

I will be fine, thanks. And if I *do* get sick?? I can handle that too... Good grief - the media induced panic infuriates me!!

Posted by Richmond at September 27, 2009 09:38 PM

Mrs. Who... I'm kinda tired today. Phew. Seriously, I so hate to bother my pediatrician on a Sunday. God love that man and his nurse. They are both saints. I'll try a doc in the box next time before I call them on a Sunday... I try to avoid calling at all costs, and today, she told me I NEEDED to call. That was their job. That's why he's in my small cadre, along with our ENT, dermatologist, and internist. Oh and of course our dentist! :) Everyone else, unless my girlfriend who is a nurse gives glowing recs to me, is doubted.

Richmond- It reminds me of a story. (Surprise!) The vaccine for the rotovirus came out about 10 years ago. Bones was a baby. My pede asked me if we wanted to get it. I said, "Uhhh, no. Let other babies be the experiments." He laughed and kind of nodded. Six months later I came in... they'd pulled the vaccine. Babies had died of blockages.

right.

Let the rest of the public be the pigs, not me. And as you said... IT'S THE FLU!! Good Grief.

People have asked me about what it is like to have the Swine Flu in the house. I've said, "Oh... you mean you haven't heard of the 20,000 dead? We're going to have to build funeral pyres to burn all the bodies quickly so disease doesn't spread..."

Some laugh... others think I'm a nut case. I'm OK with being the resident nut case.

Posted by Bou at September 27, 2009 09:44 PM

I think you missed a Find and Replace in that post- FYI.

Posted by Sean at September 28, 2009 01:42 AM

Sean- Holy crap. Thanks. It took me awhile to figure out what you meant. My draft is exactly as my regular copy. I can't believe I missed that in the 20 proof readings and rewrites...

Posted by bou at September 28, 2009 05:57 AM

I am 100% with you on not being a guinea pig.

which reminds me, I need to do another gardasil post. more paralised girls from that senseless vaccination.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at September 28, 2009 08:32 AM

Croup? Bones sounds kinda old to have croup, but then again I remember having it when I was seven years old, so anything's possible. And head in freezer? I thought the opposite was the cure. My mom would turn the shower on full blast hot and sit with me in the steamy bathroom until I could breathe.

And I too hate having to run around and bug people on Sundays. And God forbid if everybody I come into contact with pisses me off.

Posted by diamond dave at September 28, 2009 09:36 AM

writersblock- I just need more data before I go putting new stuff in my body or that of my kids'.

DD- Actually, you nailed the norm on all accounts. Bones shouldn't have it. It's a toddler sickness. For some reason, he got croupy at age 8 and whenever he gets sick, he gets it now. Our pede says he's seen it before, but it's really not that common. The only thing I can think of is that Bones is such a little guy for his age, that his airways are not so huge. I also need to talk to our pede about the fact this may be a precursor to bad things coming... like some serious asthmatic issues.

Also, yes, hot steamy showers are the way to treat it, however, to stop a true croup attack instantly, a huge change in temperature will do it. So a sudden change like walking outside to a frozen atmosphere from a warm home, or putting a head in a freezer will stop the croup. Long term though... hot shower will open the airway.

Posted by bou at September 28, 2009 09:49 AM

Bou: I hope he is feeling better soon and you get some SLEEP!!! I think you've earned it.

And the "Hello Kitty" prison kitchen is unique! ;)

Posted by PeggyU at September 28, 2009 11:40 AM

From Evolution with David Duchovny as a community college science teacher, giving an F on an essay question on "What is a Cell?" for the answer:

A cell is a 10 by 12 room that my uncle lives in.

... Just to keep Ringo's work in perspective.

Posted by The Thomas at September 28, 2009 12:17 PM

I agree with you on not being the guinea pig. I have refused the guardasil shot for my daughters for 2 years. Finally this year I asked my pediatrician if she had daughters the right age would she give it to them and she said no.

Posted by Cindy at September 28, 2009 07:19 PM

OK, OK, OK, I got the quote wrong. Its ...

Allow me to share something with the entire class. Last night as I was grading papers, I came across two gems both entitled "Cells are Bad" and both with just one paragraph which I unfortunately committed to memory: "Cells are bad. My uncle lives in a cell. It's ten foot by twelve and he has to read the same boring, old magazine everyday. The end." Although my standards are nowhere near where they used to be I could not bring myself to put As atop those beauties.

Posted by The Thomas at September 28, 2009 11:13 PM

The Thomas- We did not see that movie. This has to be a common mental leap though when Bio teachers talk about cells.

His classmates really liked the Pink Kitchen. :)

Posted by bou at September 29, 2009 05:57 AM

I am so with you on the swine flu vaccine, which is different from the regular flu vaccine.

And which if you have been getting for a few years now they are saying will pretty much protect you from the swine flu because the swine flu is a subset of the flu in the regular flu vaccine.

I have been getting the regular flu shot for 12 years now and have only gotten a very minor version of the flu 3 times, otherwise it has protected me.

Problems have already been reported by people who have gotten the swine flu shot, and nasty problems not just minor problems (think Guine-barre syndrom, a nervous system problem)

Posted by Quality Weenie at September 29, 2009 10:27 AM

Heh - I was around for the first Swine Flu vaccine. I was the only one on my college dorm floor who didn't get it - I was the only one who didn't get sick. nuff said.

As for the ER treatment - send a letter to the head of the ER there - tell the story exactly as you have here. Really. It might not do any good, but at least you are making them aware of problems. If it does get something changed then you may save a life.

I see from your top post that Bones is feeling better now. Glad to hear it!

Posted by Teresa at September 29, 2009 08:35 PM

sexy girl

Posted by ccsw at November 6, 2009 02:22 AM