I Never Get Sick

My oldest teen son, RC, was very sick over Thanksgiving weekend.  It actually started a few days prior to Thanksgiving, but by last Thursday he was in pretty bad shape.  RC has suffered from asthma since he was only 3 months old.  Every time he catches even a simple cold, it becomes a serious challenge to keep him breathing. 

As a young child every single cold he ever caught meant at least one trip to a doctor to stabilize his breathing.  Good times …

I've taken him to the hospital emergency room an awful lot since his babyhood. He's been rushed from school for emergency treatments and scared the shit out of me many, many times.  Every parent of a severely asthmatic child knows what sheer terror it is to watch your child gasp for breath.  

Once, when RC was less than two years old, I raced him to the ER convinced I'd never get there in time.  My heart was racing, I was so freaked out I shouldn't have been driving, but omigod there was no time for an ambulance!  

The biggest miracle of the night was the fact I didn't crash the car in my crazed rush for the hospital.

RC survived that particular crisis.  I did too, but that one night alone must have aged me ten years. I will never forget cradling him in the hospital as a team of respiratory specialists worked frantically to keep him breathing.

As RC has gotten older we, with the help of an asthma specialist, have been able to keep his breathing under control much better than when he was younger.  Whenever he gets sick, however, our entire family holds a collective breath right along with him … hoping we can get through the "crisis" without a trip to the hospital. 

His doctors have even given us an "emergency kit" to keep at home.  It includes some very serious drugs which, I'm told, are normally not allowed to be administered at home. Yes, it's that scary.

Given his history, you can understand why I panicked as I watched RC get progressively worse last week.  This time it was more than just a cold that triggered his asthma.  RC had a high fever, a bad sore throat, and a respiratory infection.  Of course, everything peaked on Thanksgiving night.  (When every doctor in the country is home sleeping off their turkey coma!)

RC got through it with the help of our home emergency kit.  After four days of struggling he's now stabilized and fine.  I barely slept during the entire ordeal because I needed to be awake to make sure he was breathing. I wanted to be ready to leave for the hospital on a moment's notice. What mother can sleep in those circumstances? 

So really, is it any surprise that I woke up last Saturday with a sore throat and fever of my own?  I never get sick.  This "bug" of RC's is kicking my butt.  The thing about being a mom, especially this time of the year, is there is no time for resting.  Despite feeling like crap, I was out running errands with TR every day over the weekend.  I was also cooking, doing laundry, and picking out our family Christmas tree.  There's so much that needs to be done around the holidays.

In any case, I hope you'll be patient with me this week as I try to recuperate a little. I'll be posting every day, but if my writing seems a little off you'll know why. (Many of you think my writing is always a little off anyway!)  I'm still maintaining my normal routine, but I feel like crap.  I'm drinking a lot of tea and living on cough drops. Between TR's visit home, nursing RC back to health, and being sick myself, I'm hopelessly behind on emails and my blogging routine.  If you haven't heard from me, please accept my apologies.  I hope to be caught up again in a few days.

UPDATE:  3:35 a.m.  Did I say RC was stable?  Noooooo, he's not.  I am still up with my own sky-rocketing fever and now he's up too.  That's right, another night of NO sleep.  Ugh!!  I think I need to get him to a doc NOW.  (Maybe me too?) 

I'll have another Joe the Bigamist update for you sometime this week! 

75 Responses to “I Never Get Sick”

  1. goodfather

    FIRST!
    Sorry you’re sick! And that RC was sick over Thanksgiving. No fun at all. I hope you feel better, and take some time for yourself to recover.
    I’m not sure it will help at all, but I have (another) award for you over at my blog. This one’s a little different ;).

  2. goodfather

    FIRST!
    Sorry you’re sick! And that RC was sick over Thanksgiving. No fun at all. I hope you feel better, and take some time for yourself to recover.
    I’m not sure it will help at all, but I have (another) award for you over at my blog. This one’s a little different ;).

  3. goodfather

    FIRST!
    Sorry you’re sick! And that RC was sick over Thanksgiving. No fun at all. I hope you feel better, and take some time for yourself to recover.
    I’m not sure it will help at all, but I have (another) award for you over at my blog. This one’s a little different ;).

  4. Kelly

    Oh I feel for you. I know so many sick people right now. Glad RC is better. Hope you can take a day off and feel better too, Being sick this time of year sucks,

  5. Kelly

    Oh I feel for you. I know so many sick people right now. Glad RC is better. Hope you can take a day off and feel better too, Being sick this time of year sucks,

  6. Kelly

    Oh I feel for you. I know so many sick people right now. Glad RC is better. Hope you can take a day off and feel better too, Being sick this time of year sucks,

  7. Lori

    I am sorry to hear about your son and you too…please take care of yourself and remember most things can wait until you feel better. I wish I could send you some homemade chicken noodle soup. Now jump into bed and go to sleep…we will all be here when you get up!

  8. Lori

    I am sorry to hear about your son and you too…please take care of yourself and remember most things can wait until you feel better. I wish I could send you some homemade chicken noodle soup. Now jump into bed and go to sleep…we will all be here when you get up!

  9. Lori

    I am sorry to hear about your son and you too…please take care of yourself and remember most things can wait until you feel better. I wish I could send you some homemade chicken noodle soup. Now jump into bed and go to sleep…we will all be here when you get up!

  10. Janine

    My son has suffered from asthma since he was about one. We’ve had many of the nights you’ve described, but not nearly as bad. I definitely know what you mean when you said you haven’t been sleeping because you want to make sure RC is still breathing. I hope you and your son feel better soon.

  11. Janine

    My son has suffered from asthma since he was about one. We’ve had many of the nights you’ve described, but not nearly as bad. I definitely know what you mean when you said you haven’t been sleeping because you want to make sure RC is still breathing. I hope you and your son feel better soon.

  12. Janine

    My son has suffered from asthma since he was about one. We’ve had many of the nights you’ve described, but not nearly as bad. I definitely know what you mean when you said you haven’t been sleeping because you want to make sure RC is still breathing. I hope you and your son feel better soon.

  13. jo

    Does he see a pulmonologist? I can’t help myself with that question since I now work in a pulmonology/critical care practice.
    Hope you both feel better!
    I’m so glad to be back at work and away from the germ fest at my house. We had fun with the GI flu this weekend. “I never get sick” either and have lucked out so far…don’t ask me how because all I did all weekend was wash clothes, clean the bathroom and get no sleep whatsoever!
    Happy Holidays.

  14. jo

    Does he see a pulmonologist? I can’t help myself with that question since I now work in a pulmonology/critical care practice.
    Hope you both feel better!
    I’m so glad to be back at work and away from the germ fest at my house. We had fun with the GI flu this weekend. “I never get sick” either and have lucked out so far…don’t ask me how because all I did all weekend was wash clothes, clean the bathroom and get no sleep whatsoever!
    Happy Holidays.

  15. jo

    Does he see a pulmonologist? I can’t help myself with that question since I now work in a pulmonology/critical care practice.
    Hope you both feel better!
    I’m so glad to be back at work and away from the germ fest at my house. We had fun with the GI flu this weekend. “I never get sick” either and have lucked out so far…don’t ask me how because all I did all weekend was wash clothes, clean the bathroom and get no sleep whatsoever!
    Happy Holidays.

  16. Jan

    Girl, get the boy to a doctor posthaste and have them give you the once-over while you’re at it!
    Try and take care of yourself – what would we do without you???

  17. Jan

    Girl, get the boy to a doctor posthaste and have them give you the once-over while you’re at it!
    Try and take care of yourself – what would we do without you???

  18. Jan

    Girl, get the boy to a doctor posthaste and have them give you the once-over while you’re at it!
    Try and take care of yourself – what would we do without you???

  19. phhhst

    Aw 24, I’m so sorry for you both. Get plenty of rest, eat lots of soup and drink tea. Sending good thoughts your way.

  20. phhhst

    Aw 24, I’m so sorry for you both. Get plenty of rest, eat lots of soup and drink tea. Sending good thoughts your way.

  21. phhhst

    Aw 24, I’m so sorry for you both. Get plenty of rest, eat lots of soup and drink tea. Sending good thoughts your way.

  22. Kristan Hoffman

    Aww!
    I’m not a parent so I can only imagine that kind of worry (not that I really want to…) but one of Andy’s best friends in college had a major asthma attack in his dorm room once and scared the living daylights out of everyone. Luckily (??) another girl on the floor also suffered from major asthma and had a nebulizer on hand, so that stabilized Andy’s best friend until the EMS could come and take her to the hospital.
    The following year the nebulizer girl became one of my roommates, and we had an interesting year as we learned what could possibly kill her (spraying Lysol, Cloroxing the bathroom, getting sick…).
    Anyway, don’t worry about us, just feel better and give RC our love.

  23. Kristan Hoffman

    Aww!
    I’m not a parent so I can only imagine that kind of worry (not that I really want to…) but one of Andy’s best friends in college had a major asthma attack in his dorm room once and scared the living daylights out of everyone. Luckily (??) another girl on the floor also suffered from major asthma and had a nebulizer on hand, so that stabilized Andy’s best friend until the EMS could come and take her to the hospital.
    The following year the nebulizer girl became one of my roommates, and we had an interesting year as we learned what could possibly kill her (spraying Lysol, Cloroxing the bathroom, getting sick…).
    Anyway, don’t worry about us, just feel better and give RC our love.

  24. Kristan Hoffman

    Aww!
    I’m not a parent so I can only imagine that kind of worry (not that I really want to…) but one of Andy’s best friends in college had a major asthma attack in his dorm room once and scared the living daylights out of everyone. Luckily (??) another girl on the floor also suffered from major asthma and had a nebulizer on hand, so that stabilized Andy’s best friend until the EMS could come and take her to the hospital.
    The following year the nebulizer girl became one of my roommates, and we had an interesting year as we learned what could possibly kill her (spraying Lysol, Cloroxing the bathroom, getting sick…).
    Anyway, don’t worry about us, just feel better and give RC our love.

  25. EricaB

    I hope both of you feel better soon enough! The terror of watching your child not breathing is not lost on me – although it is due to seizures. I hear you. Nothing more terrifying for me than watching my child and feeling completely helpless to whatever is causing it.

  26. EricaB

    I hope both of you feel better soon enough! The terror of watching your child not breathing is not lost on me – although it is due to seizures. I hear you. Nothing more terrifying for me than watching my child and feeling completely helpless to whatever is causing it.

  27. EricaB

    I hope both of you feel better soon enough! The terror of watching your child not breathing is not lost on me – although it is due to seizures. I hear you. Nothing more terrifying for me than watching my child and feeling completely helpless to whatever is causing it.

  28. Lo

    oh no!!!! oh i hope he gets better. that poor kid. asthma is an ASS kicker for real. i hate it.
    and i’m also sorry that you’re sick too! sigh. i hope this week turns out to be a restful one for you!!!

  29. Lo

    oh no!!!! oh i hope he gets better. that poor kid. asthma is an ASS kicker for real. i hate it.
    and i’m also sorry that you’re sick too! sigh. i hope this week turns out to be a restful one for you!!!

  30. Lo

    oh no!!!! oh i hope he gets better. that poor kid. asthma is an ASS kicker for real. i hate it.
    and i’m also sorry that you’re sick too! sigh. i hope this week turns out to be a restful one for you!!!

  31. alntv

    Well for crying out loud. This is for FUN…it’s not a JOB! Take some time off and get you and your family well. We’re not going anywhere…

  32. alntv

    Well for crying out loud. This is for FUN…it’s not a JOB! Take some time off and get you and your family well. We’re not going anywhere…

  33. alntv

    Well for crying out loud. This is for FUN…it’s not a JOB! Take some time off and get you and your family well. We’re not going anywhere…

  34. Midlife Mama

    Oh man, that just sucks. And blows. LOL
    I hope that both of you are doing better very soon. I’ve never had a child with athsma but that must be all kinds of scary. Our prayers are with you.
    {{{{Hugs}}}}

  35. Midlife Mama

    Oh man, that just sucks. And blows. LOL
    I hope that both of you are doing better very soon. I’ve never had a child with athsma but that must be all kinds of scary. Our prayers are with you.
    {{{{Hugs}}}}

  36. Midlife Mama

    Oh man, that just sucks. And blows. LOL
    I hope that both of you are doing better very soon. I’ve never had a child with athsma but that must be all kinds of scary. Our prayers are with you.
    {{{{Hugs}}}}

  37. Slick

    Awww man, well…if any of this has a bright side it’s only the fact that most of the doctor’s should be out of their turkey induced comas!
    Hope you two get to feeling better!

  38. Slick

    Awww man, well…if any of this has a bright side it’s only the fact that most of the doctor’s should be out of their turkey induced comas!
    Hope you two get to feeling better!

  39. Slick

    Awww man, well…if any of this has a bright side it’s only the fact that most of the doctor’s should be out of their turkey induced comas!
    Hope you two get to feeling better!

  40. jill prettyman

    feel better, it sucks to be sick at this time of year! I hope you got to enjoy having your daughter home from collage, and that she didn’t head back to school with the bug! I remember the first time my daughter called me from CAL so sick she couldn’t get out of bed, It was all I could do to keep from hopping on a plane and running to her rescue. It’s hard to realize they will get by on their own!!

  41. jill prettyman

    feel better, it sucks to be sick at this time of year! I hope you got to enjoy having your daughter home from collage, and that she didn’t head back to school with the bug! I remember the first time my daughter called me from CAL so sick she couldn’t get out of bed, It was all I could do to keep from hopping on a plane and running to her rescue. It’s hard to realize they will get by on their own!!

  42. jill prettyman

    feel better, it sucks to be sick at this time of year! I hope you got to enjoy having your daughter home from collage, and that she didn’t head back to school with the bug! I remember the first time my daughter called me from CAL so sick she couldn’t get out of bed, It was all I could do to keep from hopping on a plane and running to her rescue. It’s hard to realize they will get by on their own!!

  43. Jason

    And I thought I had it bad this weekend. You have it double bad. Maybe triple.
    Sorry. Everything will be better soon.

  44. Jason

    And I thought I had it bad this weekend. You have it double bad. Maybe triple.
    Sorry. Everything will be better soon.

  45. Jason

    And I thought I had it bad this weekend. You have it double bad. Maybe triple.
    Sorry. Everything will be better soon.

  46. MLS

    I hope you both get better soon. My X had asthma and he scared the hell out of me more than once. I feel your pain. Hang in there and get well.

  47. MLS

    I hope you both get better soon. My X had asthma and he scared the hell out of me more than once. I feel your pain. Hang in there and get well.

  48. MLS

    I hope you both get better soon. My X had asthma and he scared the hell out of me more than once. I feel your pain. Hang in there and get well.

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