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Playing doctor with my child’s health = Bad

January 26, 2009

My youngest daughter has a bad cough for days now, which has gotten progressively worse. Other mothers without as much experience with their child getting sick would have brought their child into the emergency room by now. Me, I’m thinking I screwed up this time by NOT going. The cough is pretty bad but otherwise she is alert and fine. She’s not experiencing many other symptoms except a runny nose.

So of course, I am awaiting the doctors office to open at 8:00 and I started self diagnosing her. Which isn’t very smart. I’m not a doctor just a mom. Whenever anyone does this it starts getting pretty freaky. Especially when your children are concerned. My 7 year old is starting to cough too, which is just… awesome. So here is the breakdown of the horribleness it could be:

Pneumonia – Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. People with pneumonia usually complain of coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and chest painPneumonia seems scary to me. She is showing signs of chest pains and the coughing but no shortness of breath or fever. I’m hoping Pneumonia is out because it’s the worst of them all and requires hospitalization. No one wants to hospitalize a 2 year old.

Bronchitis/Bronchialitis – Bronchitis is an acute inflammation of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea (windpipe) and the large and small bronchi (airways) within the lungs become inflamed because of infection or other causes.  Bronchitis could be a safe bet because one of the causes is exposure to air irritants and with my house being as bad as it is… it is possible.  One of the main symptoms is a severe cough. So this is one of my top choices for what it could be. The bad thing about Bronchitis is that it’s generally from a viral infection. They won’t give us anything to help her.

Walking Pnuemonia – Many of the major signs of walking pneumonia will mimic what a person experiences when they have a bad cold or a flu. These can include headaches, nausea, a sore throat, fever, chills and chest pain. The only problem with this “diagnosis” is that for some reason the symptoms only talk about “cold like symptoms” but they don’t mention the severity of the cough. Walking pneumonia isn’t all that bad. The name helps explain it. It’s not pneumonia it just knocks you out more than a regular cold would. This can be treated with antibiotics.

 Thanks to online medical websites that helped me self diagnose (bad bad bad).

So what is this mothers diagnosis of her daughter? I’m going with Bronchitis. Now i may very well be wrong and it could be something completely different. That’s hard to tell until the doctor gives me a real answer. Do you have any ideas what a harsh cough that’s dry at first then turns phlem-like but she ends up choking on it could be caused by? Oh yeah and her inhaler for RAD (Reactive Airway Disease) isn’t even touching this cough. That’s how bad it is!

Good times in our household. How are things with you?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 3:40 pm

    :/ I hope you get this figured out soon – poor girls!

  2. meproroAtosse permalink
    February 9, 2009 10:12 am

    Hi, cool site, good writing 😉


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