[Ed. note – Today was so incredibly awesome that we both felt the need to write posts about it independently…]
For about a month now, the J-man has had an off-and-on cough. It would go away for a bit, then come back, usually with no real other symptoms. Sunday night though, that cough wouldn’t stop. He coughed pretty much all night. It meant he didn’t rest, and neither did we, because we could hear him.
We already run a humidifier in his room at night, and we had the Vicks “waterless” vaporizer going too.
Still… when he got up this morning, we immediately saw he wasn’t going to school. The cough was getting worse and starting to sound distinctly seal-barky.
Tim took the J-man to the doctor, who confirmed our thoughts that it was croup. Great. He’s had croup before, once when he was little-bitty, and once when he was a little less than 2. This time, it seems harder to get him to be calm, but excitement/movement makes him cough more.
There was a lot of Signing Time in the house today. That, and the theme music from The West Wing – when it plays, the J-man will stand stock-still and watch the TV intently. Or, he’ll climb up on the couch, settle in beside me for the duration of the theme song, and then be on his way.
He’s a smart kid. Knows good TV when he hears it!
So we now are running a humidifier downstairs, have cranked up the one in his room and are going to lower the house temperature tonight… all in the hopes that the coughing will stop. No school tomorrow anyway because of Veterans Day.
And… Happy Birthday to my dad. He was born on Veterans Day. He’s one of the best dads around!