Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Derailed by asthma...

We've had a really crazy couple of weeks since my last post. We had a really bad scare almost 2 weeks ago on Thursday morning. My daughter, Taylor, has asthma. Anyone who has a child with asthma or manages asthma themselves can understand what a complex condition medical condition asthma is and how scary it can be at times. Our pulmonologist tells us that managing asthma is like flying a 747. Pretty complicated and scary at times. Well, that Thursday morning was one of those incredibly scary times for us.

When Taylor woke up panicked, with uncontrollable coughing that wasn't responding to nebulizer treatments, we thought she was having a severe asthma attack. A scary trip to the ER concluded with a diagnosis of croup. Of course, given her underlying asthma, she was given a steroid shot to help reduce or fend off a severe asthma flare. Croup is generally caused by a virus. For children with asthma viruses that affect the respiratory tract (a simple cold, for example) can trigger an asthma flare. So, while she wasn't suffering from asthma on Thursday morning, it didn't take long for the virus to trigger an asthma flare. Then, on day 3 of the simple virus, Taylor spiked a fever, indicating a secondary infection. She has a history of pneumonia so she was put on antibiotics and a second round of steroids. She was finally well enough to go back to preschool by the middle of last week and was very happy to be back with her friends. I'm finally feeling like I've recovered and have "caught up" after being derailed by this. And Taylor's back to her playful self, but it seems as though her baby is sick, now.


So, this explains my lack of craftiness and subsequent lack of posting here. I've got a tutorial up tomorrow at Crafts Unleashed and I'm expecting a special crafty gift for myself that will be arriving on my doorstep sometime this week! I'll be posting about it when it arrives. And, I've got some pics that I want to post of a lil' shoot I did with Taylor this past weekend. So, stay tuned and we'll get caught up together.





3 comments:

Jaana said...

So glad she's better. I was wondering why you hadn't posted in a while. I love reading your blog and am more impressed with your craftiness with every post!! Miss you guys. Are you coming to Canada any time soon?

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness - I've been there too - and it's so scary and you feel so helpless. I'm so glad she's better and hopefully will stay that way!
Thank you too for your sweet message last night - it totally made my day, thank you ;) xoxoox

Mandy said...

my little guy, now nine, gets acute life threatening spasmodic croup, he gets it in seconds and has around 70 episodes of it...yes it is scary for sure...he had chronic lung disease as well when he was little, so i know how scary it is...good to hear she is on the road to recovery and i hope she has no more episodes of croup...xxx