I forgot to mention that BOTH kids were sick last year during this week. More on that in a sec.
We called up Bridget's amazing pulmonologist yesterday to let him know that we put Bridget on steroids. We wanted some approval from an authority that this seemed like a reasonable thing to do. We told his nurse we didn't need to see him, we just wanted to keep him informed. His nurse called us back in a few and said he wanted to see B. I figured this was one of those BS calls where they don't want the liability of giving advice out without seeing anyone. Blahty blah.
However, the second he walked in to our waiting room, our doc said "I really wanted to see Bridget at the beginning of an illness. I only see her at the end and I want to see how she is at the beginning." Wow. We weren't there for liability. We were there because he wanted to know more about our little squirrel and get better up to speed on her. WOWZA. Full on less than 3 for our doc.
Even better when he exclaimed "Oh, she sounds GREAT!" when he listened to her. Even better-est was the diagnosis of the persistent rash on her face as irritation from her treatment mask and a change in equipment as a solution.
So here's the scoop: The pollen is so bad that people who do not have allergies (perhaps you?!) are walking around with water eyes, blowing their noses, and feeling pooped. It's like working in a room full of sawdust. The next day, you are sneezing and coughing out crap as your sinuses and lungs do their thing. People who are already a but compromised have a bit more of a problem, like Squirrel. But she's fine. Steroids for one more day (today) and then we're done.
Of course, last year, it started with Christopher and then Bridget stole the show. At 5 am this morning, Christopher decided it was his turn and he had the worst asthma attack he's ever had. I honestly thought we were going to have to get him to the hospital because puff after puff of albuterol could not calm his attack down.
If it rains, it pours, right? Actually, our city could use some rain right now. A big downpour to clean out all this pollen. Blergh. But really!? Good news absolutely and overall.