11.30.2009

X Ray Day

Disclaimer: This post is going to probably be super boring. It's all about the woes and ailments of the Johnson household right now; To update the family, and add to this little online journal of mine...

Today has been a whopper.
Just as Finn seemed to be getting better, he woke up wheezing and coughing and crying last night. All it took was one "My chest hurts" out of Finn, and Wes and I both agreed. Emergency Room. After last year's horrible events, there is no messing around with Finn and his lungs. Last year I wasted time at a pediatrician who failed to give the problem enough attention. And Urgent Care initially landed us with more problems than it did good. So I've learned my lesson when it comes to the ER. I don't care if it means I have to pay my pricey co-pay to get Finn a chest x-ray pronto. I don't care. Anything is better than what he went through last year (what we all went through). Don't ask me why, at the exact same time of year this year, Finn found himself in the ER again. I just hope it's not a holiday tradition! Thankfully this time he had a clear chest X-Ray. He was, however, diagnosed with some serious croup. And a bad cold. And he has the honking cough, hoarse voice, and wheezing to prove it. They prescribed a steroid. Since Finn's lung was so compromised last year, it was important to me to get him on something effective, fast, so that the problem doesn't have the chance to migrate into his chest. Let me tell you something. It was a good thing my mom warned me about the side effects of Prednisone (and steroids in general). Finn has been BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS (well, furniture) for the last 2 hours, sneezing and wheezing as he goes. He's repeating sentences in a giddy frenzy, and trying to launch himself onto my back. WOW. It's intense. Then about 10 minutes ago he sat down on the couch in a dazed crash. I said, "Finn are you sleepy? Do you want to go rest in Mama's bed?" "No! I AWAKE! And I happy." He said this while yawning and trying to smile: poor kiddo

And as I type this, Wes is off to get an MRI on his back. But guess what? A few years ago he got a teensy piece of metal stuck in his eye. Yep! His EYE. So before they can do the MRI, they have to X Ray his head to make sure all of the metal is gone from his eye. That way the metal won't be sucked through his eye and into his brain during the MRI. I am serious. But hopefully this MRI will provide definitive say on what is going on with Wes's back.

So through all of this, at least I seem to be slipping by with only a wee cough. It feels more like a little asthma. Fingers crossed it stays that way. I truly hope that your house is healthier than mine!

Simple Sloppy Joes for dinner. Mmmmmm.



POST EDIT: Sorry for the fuzzy iPhone photos lately. I've been lazy. Wes kindly pointed out that you can actually FOCUS the iPhone by tapping on the item on screen that you want to focus on! Everyone else probably already knew this... Anyhoo, I am going to be doing a series of video tutorials about how I create blog-worthy photos. You know, when I am actually using the real camera that I own. :) And the techniques I use to post multiple photos at once, how to get the simple polaroid look, photo edges, etc. So stay tuned for that!

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Gretchen said...

Life sounds like a medicle adventure at your house these days.. and I know JUST how those go!! But I did want to encourage you that the steriods treat my son's croupe VERY effectively and never when he has been on him has his croupe gone into anything else! Twice without them he went into respritory distress, which is NOT fun, so we do steriods EVERYTIME... so much so that our local ER has standing orders from our Dr for them!

Praying you all get WELL soon!!

Kelli Nørgaard said...

Sorry you guys have been sick!!!
Hope that as Christmas gets closer, everyone gets WELL!!!
I have not talked to you in quite a while, but as I was looking at my blog this weekend, I was thinking.. I need a FACE LIFT! :o) And who better to make me a new banner than Lyndsay! I have no idea about your prices, etc... but I do want something new! Can you help?? :o)

crystal b. said...

Quick -- get out the Netti Pot... save yourself!!! I hope Wes is feeling better and that Finn is out of the woods. That's just so scary when they have to spend time in the hospital!! If he starts honking in the middle of the night, turn on the shower and get in there and let him breath the steam -- it's amazing how it helps clear up croup. If you need help, let me know, I'd be happy to drive up and help you!!!

Marilyn said...

Lyndsay, I am keeping you in my thoughts and crossing my fingers that the nastiness stays away from your household!

melmck said...

i hope everyone gets better soon! good luck and call anytime.

Elise said...

Hello! I have never commented before but I love your blog! I had terrible Croup as a child, though I did not face the ordeal that your son went through last year. My mother found that when my croup got really bad, sometimes a walk outside in the fresh cool air would help me catch my breath. Also, she kept a vaporizer in my room to help with the air. Anyway, children tend to outgrow croup, so hopefully this wont be an ongoing thing. Good Luck!!!
Elise