This has never happened before, but Elijah woke up for the second night in a row with croup. Early this morning, Dan took Elijah outside into the cold air to open up his constricted airway (it wasn't quite as bad as the previous night). Another round of steroids and another epi neb later, we sent him off to daycare. Dan's work has been really slow this year, so we just could not give up the full day he had scheduled. We absolutely love and trust E's daycare provider, and we knew if our little boy needed us she would have called! (She didn't have to, and he had a good day, thank goodness.)
Now, Croup, you can grab your annoying friend, Cough, by the ears and take a hike!
p.s. Proof that I'm tired and that croup has taken over my brain.. As I was pulling out of the driveway to go to work in the dark, early-morning hours, I thought I saw a silhouette of our neighbor standing in front of her garage in her pajamas. These are the thoughts that went through my head: "Oh, someone must have croup, that's too bad. Wait a second, she doesn't have children, and...there isn't even anyone standing there. Geez, I'm going crazy."
p.p.s. For those of you who have asked about asthma, E's pediatrician diagnosed him with childhood asthma when he was a baby (because of the whistling/squeaking that occurred when he breathed), but his pulmonologist has never mentioned anything about asthma to us. He considers croup to be a "childhood illness," and some kids are just predisposed to getting it. Perhaps kids with asthma are more prone to catching croup? It's worth looking into, especially with Elijah's tendency to have chronic coughs. I'll bring it up the next time we see Dr. K, which may happen sooner than anticipated.