Last night Karl and I were enjoying some peace and quiet and having a nice little chat when he heard something... We stopped talking only to hear nothing. So we started visiting again when a few minuets later we hear a horrible cough. Karl went into the kid’s room to check it out and what does he find? Rieken standing up leaning against the bed coughing this horrible cough and unable to catch his breath! He brings him into the living room for a better look. He stopped coughing but he still couldn't catch his breath. In just a few min. he seemed to struggle even more and we were concerned he was having some sort of allergic reaction or asthma attack (it runs in both of our families). Up until then he had been fine! No fevers, no runny nose no cough no nothing!!! So here it is 11:30PM and we all head into the ER for our bi-monthly visit. We try no to go unless something has to be stitched, x-rayed, re-set or if someone on the verge of death... Not getting air is just about as close as we ever want to see for the last one.
We get there and they check him in and ask all the usual questions and hook him up to an o2 monitor. His level was 89. Not horrible but not good either. He had actually gotten a lot better on the way over (maybe the cold air?) and hadn't coughed since we took him out of his room. The nurse was dead set it was Croup. I was like ah, no he hasn't had any of (see list above) and she was like well it just comes out of no where and this is what happens, so it's most likely the croup. Ok I don’t agree but, I’m no doctor (otherwise we would have stayed at home) so, we take a seat and they assure us he will go back ASAP for treatment. We sat there for 2 + hours!! Kippi slept Kelten asked every 2 min. how much longer and Rieken just got better and better. Finally they put us into a room and then we waited for another 30-45 min, to see the doctor! As we were waiting Karl and debated on weather or not we should just leave. So we flagged down a nurse and asked her what they could even do for him now that he is showing no symptoms. She said they would probably get him a prescription just in case it happened again and so, we stayed... While we waited the kids had fun doing the vision test and eating popsicles provided by a kind nurse. By the time the Doctor made his way to us Rieken was back to normal with the exception of a slightly clear runny nose (probably from being out in the cold at midnight!). The Doctor took one look at him and said hmm I don’t know what it could have been maybe he has Croup but I don’t see any signs of it now.(what is with them hanging on to the whole croup thing!). . I guess you should give him Tylenol if he gets a fever and maybe some saline for that runny nose he says. Are you kidding me! No concern or even discussion on how this may have been an asthma attack or an allergic reaction no nothing! I know when to give my kid Tylenol and this runny nose was not even an issue until we took him out in the cold to come to the hospital for his BREATHING!!! What could we do? Sit there and argue with him when as far as he can tell Rieken is doing just fine... So we loaded everyone up and headed home. By the time all was said and done the kids were back in bed by 3:30 am and Rieken was in bed with us just in case…Today I am tiered and cranky and I just can’t stop thinking to myself…. Those were some pretty dang pricy popsicles!