It wasn’t the tryptophan that got us…

It was the croup.  Poor Vincenzo ended his Thanksgiving night in the ER because his throat had swollen so much he was struggling to breathe.  The doctors had him breathe a cool mist for about an hour then take some steroids, and he wasn’t too happy about it.  That’s not what got his heartrate up, though.  It wasn’t until Kevin said he was going to head out that the heartrate monitor went from “beep…beep…beep…” to “BEEP!BEEP!BEEP!”  It was cute and sad at the same time, and it really showed me that when he has his temper tantrums at home over things like Daddy leaving for work, there’s a lot going on inside his body.  His mac ‘n cheese rages are actually biologically fueled.

I am so thankful for modern medicine all the time.  When my kids start coughing I don’t think, “Oh crap, this could be the end of it for all of us.”  Instead I think, “Oh crap, he’ll have to miss preschool tomorrow.”  There really was a time in history when a cough could have led to death, and not just for the kid but for the kid’s entire family.  Crazy, isn’t it?

Anyway, we’re all up and running again and Vincenzo is back to jumping around the house in his underwear, yelling WHA-BANG at everyone, being a human neck rest at times, pretending to be Daddy’s “Boy Cape” at others, and trying to teach Rocco to jump off the couch.  When, that is, he’s not screaming about the lack of mac ‘n cheese around here.

All-day minestrone
Homemade bread
Brownie pops

5 thoughts on “It wasn’t the tryptophan that got us…

  1. I’m so happy that things are returning to normal and I hope that the rest of the crew was able to bathe in Purell and avoid the gunk.

    Hope to see you soon!

    Erik assured me that December will be a walk in the park compared to his November schedule. :0) Want to throw some dates at me?

  2. This is going to sound terrible, but I’m so glad my kid wasn’t the only one in the ER on Thanksgiving.

    I’m so glad the V Master is OK. Croup sucks and has scared the hell out of me one to many times.

    Do you know what they used to treat croup with 100 years ago? Ipecac. Yeah- which 100 years ago also contained Opium. Modern medicine rocks.

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