Well, Micah has his very first ear infection. Unbelievable that it would make him this sick, poor little guy.
The great news, though, is that finally a medical professional actually witnessed his cough/vomit in the act - he gave them 3 examples in the exam room (so fun). She confirmed what I've been really suspecting, which is that he just has a really strong gag reflex. She thinks the root of all the vomiting he has done over the past 7 months is due to his gag reflex. I guess the cough is just the asthma. So I feel much better about the vomiting, but I'm kicking myself for not having taken him in sooner... although, he had no fever and hasn't touched his ears at all. Of course, Noelle almost never gets a fever with her EIs, either.
I'm now wondering about the state of Brian's ears, because he has also been dealing with the snots for almost a month now and he was absolutely inconsolable this morning... I thought it was just teething, but maybe there's something more going on.
Anyway, Micah's lungs sound great and his blood oxygen level was at least 97% (we had a hard time getting a reading).
Thanks for all your concern. I have a feeling it's going to be a looooong night... anyone want to come and play?
Sadly, I know we have some experts around here. I'm waiting on a call back from Micah's pulmonologist and also the pedi, but I thought I'd type this out so I can avoid just pacing around and being nervous. Micah has been doing awesome with his 'asthma' since Thanksgiving. He hasn't vomited since the day before Thanksgiving, and he really hasn't even been coughing that much. This is especially surprising because he and Brian have both been pretty snotty and drooly ever since they got their flu shots about a month ago. Normally a cold makes Micah cough/vomit a whole lot. So he woke up from his nap today and i had noticed that he coughed a few times in his sleep, but nothing alarming. Within about 10 minutes of waking, he was downstairs with Noelle when he coughed and vomited everywhere. Since then, it's just been nonstop coughing/vomiting - more times than I can count. I did a breathing treatment for the first time since Thanksgiving, but aside from puking up a truckload of mucous, it hasn't seemed to help his coughing. Gave them lunch (which he didn't keep down) and towards the end he was acting really tired/lethargic. It was almost naptime and I think (hope!) he was just worn out from all the coughing/vomiting. I changed his clothes and offered to nurse him (he refused) and put him down. He vomited all over me just before I laid him down. He's been coughing in his sleep a lot. He doesn't seem to be having any trouble breathing. I've never heard him wheeze (and neither have any doctors - his lungs have always sounded good to them). He's very pale and for a second I started to panic because it seemed like his lips looked a little blue, but it ended up being a tiny bit of leftover blackberries from last night kind of ground into his lips. :roll: So his symptoms are coughing like crazy, vomiting with the coughing, no color in his face, and sleepiness/lethargy?. This has NEVER come out of nowhere like this. It usually escalates gradually. It's been a long time since I've seen him this sleepy and 'out of it' and that's the part that freaks me out the most. So what should I be looking/listening for before I take him in somewhere? ETA: I feel like I have asked this and gotten the answer many times, but I just can't seem to get my puny brain to remember it. Can I give him ibuprofen around the same time as the albuterol?