This is going to be an usually long post, so please bear with me.
This month of January hasn't been very kind to Boo (my niece) or her mother (sis).
Her month started on the 3rd with a whopper of continuous asthma attacks. She has everything that is needed to control these attacks. So my sister being the wonderful mother that she is, was getting up every 1 to 2 hours to treat Boo. This time it was different. More frequent attacks and more intense than usual. (Boo's asthma is the coughing kind, not the wheezing kind. Until she was diagnosed with it, I had never heard of coughing asthma.) My sister was really getting super concerned, cause you can only give breathing treatments (I think sis said) an hour apart. After a week an a half of barely getting by on those treatments, she suddenly had one ten minutes after her last dose.
Off to the emergency room they went. They fix her up and monitored her and send her home after feeling much better.
Later that same night, she was rushed back to the emergency room again. This time they pumped her up with steroids and kept her till morning, sent her home with some new meds.
I talked to her briefly the next day on the 13th. Her voice was so harsh from all the coughing, it sounded like she had swallowed a frog. She accused her mother and I of laughing at her voice. I admit it, it was funny!
A doctors appointment (5 day later) to check her over revealed ear infections in both ears. Five more days later, she was running a fever 103.6, after a nice bath and some more meds it got down to 101.2 by the next day.
The very next day (25th) she was complaining of sever pain under her arm, down her side. She couldn't lift her arm, do to the pain. Sis talks to her doctor and she sends them to the emergency room again. (She should have her own private room by now) They determine that while she was playing with her cousins, the hard headed doll that she got whacked with bruised the rib muscle.
Also on the 25th Boo got busted at school for giving one of her old inhalers to a friend. This girl conned her big time! She told Boo that she also had asthma but only had an inhaler for at home and needed one for school. My kind hearted and naive niece thought she would help her out.
Sister gets home that evening and niece tells her she needs to call the principal. Sis thinking..What now?! It has been a very exhausting month for my sister, my heart goes out to the girl. She was interrogated by the principal 3 times and the conclusion was that she was telling the truth and was very gullible (Okay! I threw in the gullible).
This trouble at school got her four days of In School Suspension and a months worth of grounding at home. Boo tells her mother that daddy said..No phone, no going to friends houses, no friends over or spending the night and no tv. Sis..the wheels are turning in her mind..NO TV! She has to plead with hubby for this one. If she can't watch tv, than niether can I! Thankfully for Sis's sake that was a misunderstanding! I do feel badly for Boo. She was honestly trying to help out a friend,(Not knowing she was lying) (which is what we want them to learn) but is having to get punished. Sad, Sad Boo!
Also on this horrible 25th day of January (which will go down in Boo history), Sis noticed something wrong with Boo's eye. Discolored with some red spots in the white area.
Finally that day was over, but wait there's more!
The next day Sis gets a call from the school nurse. Boo went to the nurse and said.. My eye is bleeeeeeding! (you can totally hear that whine, can't ya?) There is nothing to be done about it, the day went on. Boo gets home from school and complains of blurry vision. Sis looks at the eye, under the lid is nothing but blood. Not oozing, but filling up. Back to the hospital they go. The nurse says..You again?! All of the heavy coughing that she has been doing cause of the asthma, hemorrhaged a blood vessel in her eye.
Throught all of this time the asthma attacks were still present, just not as sever as the two visit to the hospital. Sis's hubby last sunday had noticed that the curtains behind the couch were about to fall. So after church he decided to fix it. Now, these are curtains that most of the time never get touched, since the window don't open. When he pulled them down, they found mold! It was all over the window frame and even on the curtains. The condensation had molded the whole area.
They proceeded to clean all curtains and bleach every window in the house, wether it needed it or not. Now, Boo's attacks are done to one a night, instead of every hour or two.
What a freaken month!! I think Sis might be due a vacation!
I also have windows that never get used, you can bet that in the morning I'll be checking behind every curtain. I might just go ahead and wash everything just to be on the safe side!