|I did something last Tuesday that I almost never do. I took Jonathan to the doctor. It doesn't seem so unusual - people do it all the time, right? Well, this was Jonathan's first ever sick visit. In fact, the last time I have had any of my children on a sick visit was when Aaron was 18 months old.|
I was not shooting for any sort of record or anything and I am certainly not bragging about our lack of sick visits. We've had plenty of sickness in our home ... and more in the last year than ever! I just prefer to treat illnesses at home with natural remedies.
This time was different, though. I woke up to hearing Jonathan gasping for air and hearing a horrible barky cough. The barky cough is no stranger to Jonathan. Jonathan gets croup every single time he gets an upper respiratory virus/cold. The reason it was different this time is that he did not have any symptoms of a virus along with the labored breathing and horrible barky cough.
I immediately started thinking that maybe I had been wrong all those times I sat up with him at night treating him for croup. Perhaps they were all asthma attacks and I had just missed it in my attempt to diagnose.
Instead of trying to do all of the guessing that I normally do when I have a sick child, I decided that I would take him to the doctor. I made an appointment and took him in.
The doctor listened to him breathe for quite some time and told me that it was indeed croup. I had no idea that he could have croup without having all the other symptoms with it. I also learned that some children do not outgrow croup tendencies until they are 9. He also said that he is not ruling out the potential that Jonathan may be asthmatic considering the frequency in which he gets the croup, and given the family history of asthma.
The first couple of nights of the virus, croup symptoms develop and I usually spend the entire night sitting with him, trying to keep him calm, so that the croup symptoms don't worsen. I also try to stay with him, so that I can make sure that he is breathing properly. Usually by the 3rd day, the labored breathing is over, but an incessant cough develops. It is, in some ways, worse than the barky croup cough. Then by the 4th day it is mostly over with just a mild lingering cough. I am hoping that Jonathan outgrows croup long before 9 years old! I also hope that asthma is not something that is in his future.
On a side note: I have been treating him appropriately all those times he has had the croup in the past. That's always nice to hear! Sometimes a trip to the doctor is worth the peace of mind that it brings.
To learn more about how to treat Croup naturally, I would encourage you to read The Healing Power of Herbs for Croup.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|The frog eggs we collected were NOT the upland chorus frog like we thought . They were Cope's Gray Tree Frogs. How cool is that? Tree Frogs!|
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
|The runners marched on to the field to the Olympic song. The yellow group is Aaron's group. (7 year old boys) Aaron signed up to run the 800m and the 400m.|
|The green group is Martin's group. (10 year old boys)|
Martin signed up to run hurdles, the 100m dash, and the 400
|You can see Aaron on the right side of the picture getting ready to run the 800m which is about a half mile.|
|We discovered during the week of Runner's Camp that Aaron's strength is in distance running. He ran the 800m in only 3 minutes and 44 seconds! He won a 2nd place ribbon in his age group!|
|He won a 5th place ribbon for the 400 m.|
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|We caught frog eggs on the 15th of May.|
|We will see these 8 through their entire metamorphosis and then let all but 1 of them go. Recently, we have been trying to identify the type of frog that they are ... and we are thinking that they are Upland Chorus Frogs.|
Another fun science project for the Holland Family!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
|We are all going to Runner's Camp this week! Martin and Aaron are with 10 year old boys and 7 year old boys respectively. Jonathan and Rosalie are going to the mini-camp.|
I am helping and doing some teaching in the 4 and 5 year old group at the mini-camp.
It was a great day for all of us. Jonathan and Rosalie loved the mini-camp and were so happy to learn that they get to go back tomorrow!
Martin and Aaron got t-shirts and a special runner's camp bag and Bible. We got a special lunch box for Jonathan and Rosalie ... and you would have thought it was the best gift they had ever received! They loved taking their lunch with them to mini-camp!
I'll come back later with a picture of all of them in their t-shirts. J & R got their own runner camp t-shirts to wear the rest of the week!
Monday, June 11, 2012
|Last week the Jonathan and Rosalie made some clay creations and waited patiently for them to dry ... so they could paint them! Jonathan made a boat with an oar and Rosalie made a pendant and beads.|
|What fun it was to paint them!!|
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
|On Memorial Day, we gathered with our neighbors and had a big cookout. We all brought our own meat, brought side dishes and desserts to share. Oh, yeah ... chocolate cake. (I also made whole grain pasta salad ... no picture, though)|
|Here is a picture of many of those gathered. We moved the chairs around all afternoon to stay in the shade.|
|They children played on a slip and slide and in the small baby pools. It was a fun day and we had the opportunity to get better acquainted with our neighbors. I hope we can do it again soon!|
Monday, June 4, 2012
|Last week, we headed to the Outer Banks for a day trip. We started by visiting the Wright Brother's National Park in Kitty Hawk, NC.|
|It was so much fun seeing the place where the Wright Brothers made the first flight. Martin and I read the book, The Wright Brothers and their Sister, last year and have been wanting to visit since we read that book! I will be reading it to Aaron this coming school year ... so the timing was perfect!|
|The walk to the monument wasn't a short one ... but the walk up the hill ... was TOTALLY worth it!|
|The view was fantastic!|
|Next we headed off to the Roanoke Island Aquarium. We really enjoyed it!|
|We especially enjoyed petting the rays! We didn't realize that we'd get through the aquarium so quickly ... so next we headed to ...|
|the Bodie Island Lighthouse. They were still doing some repairs ... but it was fun to visit and see up close! We also walked around the historic house next to it and read all the fascinating history associated with this lighthouse.|
|Rosalie wasn't too excited about the water ... it took her awhile to warm up to it ... even after she let it touch her feet, she wanted to be holding someone's hand.|