i thought he had a slight cough. an irritation that would eventually disappear. it hung around for close to two weeks which i wasn’t thrilled about but still no alarms were sounding. and i did not hear a single word of complaint from him. not one.
saturday night he was up coughing a lot more. enough that he looked tired on sunday morning. but still he was in high spirits, not ever saying anything about feeling sick, he wanted to play trains and running races. in the afternoon he wanted to go play in the snow so we all went out. he traipsed happily through the waist deep snow, climbed the snow plow made mountains and slide down them, even tried out our backyard slide. when we got inside he started coughing pretty hard, hard enough to scare me some and i kept telling myself (and flash) it will calm down it will calm down. but it didn’t calm down. as we were nearing the hour mark i was planning our trip to the emergency room (not my favorite plan).
the on-call doctor gave us some idea’s and eventually this “bronchial spasm” was calmed. flash went out and got a new humidifier (our old one smells musty) and we got through the night fairly ok. this morning we went into the doctors office first thing. he looked in his ears, in his throat, and listened to his lungs.
well, his throat is irritated, his tonsils are swollen, his lymps are fat and the infection is in his lungs. i think this is bronchitis. he hasn’t complained? he didn’t mention his throat hurting? he doesn’t want to lay low?
yesterday i made elderberry syrup.
today i am making up a new cough/respiratory infection syrup (with my crazy herb collection and honey.)
i am roasting a chicken so i have the bones to boil to create an extra strength broth.
he got treated by our friendly alternative chiropractor.
we are using homeopathic remedies.
we are doing eucalyptus steams.
our (holistic family practice) doctor asked me to take the treatment seriously, to monitor him closely, and to call immediately if he seems worse or if he has not improved in the next 24 – 48 hours. at that point we would switch to allopathic medicines.
i am taking a break from concocting, dosing, steaming, and otherwise treating him to drink a cup of tea and eat two cookies. if mama gets sick this whole thing could fall apart!
so, that is here.
i guess next time he is sick i need to stay more on top of it and not trust that he will tell me how bad it is. he seems to be the strong silent type.