Tuesday, April 8, 2008
And this is how it ended...
Carter's cold ended up being RSV. So we've had to keep him away from any other kids for a week, and give him steroid breathing treatments 4 times a day. He hates them (so do I). When Jackson saw the Dr. put this mask on Carter, he lost it. Started sobbing "hurt my brother, you hurt my brother. He doesn't like it. He doesn't like it." It broke my heart. Although I felt bad for Carter, and sad that I couldn't reassure Jackson because I had to hold Carter with two hands, it made me feel good that Jackson loves his little brother. We tried to get Jackson to touch the mask, see that it doesn't hurt. Show him how the machine works, where the medicine goes, all that stuff he usually would want to know (try and take apart to find out usually). None of it helped. He would cry every time I had to put it on Carter. The 3rd time we did the treatment I start listening and hear Jackson saying, "no smoke, no smoke. Burn Carter." I had him touch the mask after Carter was done, and he said, "It's not hot?" The medicine is dispersed through a nebulizer machine (which I hope no one else knows about this, cause I didn't), turns the medicine into a vapor that the kid breathes in to help his lungs open up. So it looks like smoke. Jackson thought that we were burning Carter. No wonder he got so upset. Once we explained that it's not hot, just medicine, and let him see and touch it while it was working, he's been fine. He still worries every time we do it, and the minute we start stands by Carter, and immediately says, "almost done?" He stays next to him the whole time, and keeps asking until we really are done.
Each treatment takes between 5-20 minutes. So Carter has gotten creative. He figured out that if he wraps his toes around the plastic tubing, he can pull it out and then the mask stops. So not only do we have to hold him, and his hands, we've had to start holding his feet as well. (He inherited his Monkey toes from me, I'm so proud). He also shakes his head side to side, trying to get the mask off. We've tried holding it in front of him, without strapping it, and that doesn't work either. The one time he fell asleep while I was doing it was the best. The more still they are the faster it goes, so if he fights it makes it longer...(joy.) And when he's good it goes fast. I wish that was switched.