Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Antibiotics: The True Sign Fall is Here

This past Friday Riley woke up with a really raspy voice and coughed a bit so we figured she had caught a little bug at school. On Saturday, she still sounded like an 80 year old, but felt fine--with no fever--so we headed out to the circus and all was well. Saturday night, she woke up a couple of times during the night with severe coughing and congestion, but went back to sleep just fine. Sunday was more of the same, but Sunday night was a whole different story.

That night, she woke up several times--maybe every 45 minutes to an hour--with terrible coughing, I mean, coughing so badly that, at times, she really couldn't draw air into her lungs. It was so scary to hear her struggle to breathe! She then began coughing up clear fluid and mucus (I know, waaaaay too much information) which seemed to help her breathe a little better. This went on until about 4:30 a.m. until she finally slept.

I got her an appointment with the doctor this morning and, after a quick examination, found out that she has pneumonia! Not so bad in the left lung, but her right lung is in bad shape. We are now on antibiotics, steroids and cough medicine to try to get things back to normal. I just hope tonight we all get some sleep!

On a completely different note, I forgot to add to my last post a photo we took of a random guy walking around the mall this weekend. I so wish I had been able to get the picture from the front, but I think you can get a good idea of the incredible fashion sense on display...

This guy was in head-to-toe camo: note the cool tank top, "capri" pants and black socks pulled up to his knees--the hat just completes the look. Funny thing is, his wife and kids didn't mind being seen in public with him...