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24/07/2013 at 09:43

i am pretty sure the maggots were from the cat food i had scraped in there. flies probably laid eggs in it and they then hatched in the foodwaste bin while i was away. i opened the lid and they all fell out. Bleurgh

kids gone off to T's today so am all . amusing when he collected them tho as they are going to eurodisney and he had told them it was today. he must have checked tickets last night and realised it's not till tomorrow that they fly. god he never gets any better!! his mother has organised it as a 70th birthday treat for the whole family, so there are loads of them going!

24/07/2013 at 12:46

So....those of you with little Eric aged kids with inhalers (17m) or those with nursing or doctor qualifications - help!  He started coughing Mon night which is nothing unusual, he seems to constantly have a cold.  Yesterday he was fine all day, running around like his normal, happy self, eating ok, then in the evening it became obvious he was really quite wheezy.  His little chest and tummy were really working extra hard to get air in and out and you could hear him a mile away.  So I called work, made a drs appt and took him in. 

Dr diagnosed allergy type things (new dr, not seen before) said there was no infection but he was obviously wheezy.  So he has one of those inhalers with a paediatric space mask thing.  I took him to his child minders and we attempted it, but everytime we tried he struggled so much that the chamber thing fell to bits or came off his face, and there was no way it would stay on for a whole minute.  So in the end we just shoved the inhaler straight in his mouth like an adult would do and did 2 puffs and hoped for the best!  Am going to try and find a you tube video but any advice would be appreciated!

Meanwhile I was 2 hrs late for work, but they were understanding.

24/07/2013 at 17:30

Caro - I'd go back to the doc and say its not working and can you  have a baby one, we've got one which I keep in the car for emergencies.  Interesting about the wheezing as Aidan was coughing in the night for the first time in ages last night so we did his inhalers this morning (he did ask for it last night too but I don't generally unless he coughs quite a lot which seems to be working for us so far).  The Volumatic one is a nightmare if they struggle which is what Aidan used to do when we tried to do his night doses.

The doctor we have did say you could puff into the chamber and if you split it and held it near their nose/mouth they would get some of it but I have my doubts about that one.

Hope E is better soon xx

24/07/2013 at 17:38

Wonderful child minder found a brand new unopened one, which sounds like an aero chamber from her description, and so we now have that.  She gave him his afternoon dose in that and hubby will try the evening one.  But sounds so much more sensible for young kids as it doesn't come apart in many pieces!  Is there a reason the big one will have been prescribed or do they do the same thing?

Thanks for tips.  I'm truely hoping its not a long term thing, but to do with the heat, humidity, pollution, season etc.

So does Aidan only take inhalers occ now?  and how about Archie?

 

24/07/2013 at 19:51

The hospital here prefer the massive ones and said they were more effective, however that only applies if you have a baby who doesn't mind being medicated!

I think since the two hospital episodes last summer we have got the meds right with the gp, he had one wheezing attack at home which we managed with inhalers and then antibiotics for the underlying infection.  Since then there have been a few coughs and colds so I was keeping up with the inhalers while that was happening but 

24/07/2013 at 19:53

Basically with the aim of weaning him off which seems to be fine. 

hopefully he will grow out of it although as my brother has asthma and Alan has eczema I wouldn't be too surprised if he might be more long term with it.

24/07/2013 at 19:58

Yes London Camlo, but thanks for the thought! V kind. 

Caro - last time I took E to Pembrokeshire exactly that happened to him. He'd not had a cold for a while yet woke in the night with a hacking barking cough and wheezing terribly. I thought he was choking on something initially it sounded so awful. But as he wasn't going blue I figured it was just wheezing. We called GP and MHS DIRECT as was and saw a doc eventually. They said it was an allergy adding that "city children" often reacted this way to all the greenery there! They prescribed allergy stuff which helped a little but he improved as the week went on. 

My own GP suspected mild asthma and prescribed the inhaler which we have now but ironically have never used as E has never had the same symptoms since...... So who knows?! I guess just wait and see with eric - use the inhaler as best you can then see what develops over next few months? 

Kinsey - the bird poo made me smile. E runs his hands over all sorts of disgusting surfaces here in London then sucks his finger when he's tired. His hands are black sometimes. Grim. But he seems ok so far thankfully! 

24/07/2013 at 20:11

We struggled like mad with the volumatic and aerochambers but Archie would sit like a dream for nursery staff!! Best tip was to see if from his perspective - big thing going over your face is blimming scary. Luckily we had a few so they became part of the toy box too and teddy, me, daddy had (pretend) puffs before Archie every day. Ours was also covered with stickers pretty quickly too. Puffing straight into mouth is generally not worth it. Sounds like classic allergy type asthma though! 

Boo to kids going on holiday without you CM! 

Just debating whether to enterAberystwyth sprint tri (open water) given it is only 8 weeks away, I have never tried swimming in the sea and bike hasn't seen action for at least 18 months,.....

24/07/2013 at 20:39

Camlo, he has also started opening the bin and eating things out of it, urgh!

24/07/2013 at 21:48

Don't let him near CM's bin then Kinsey

Annoying about the name choice JT - although would have been worse if you'd just named  boy that - everyone would still assume that's why you'd chosen it! How many weeks are you now?

We have just go a monkey clock (like a gro clock) for Matilda and had a great first morning but this morning I had to take her back to bed about 8 times between 5am and 7am! Hoping she wakes a bit later tomorrow so that she doesn't have to wait so long - or even better goes back to sleep!! I guess it will take a while to get into the habit of it. She has started coming into bed with me every morning which is fine at 6.30 but not so much at 5am!

Feeling a bit depressed as this continued inability to exercise is causing me to start putting on weight - I'm just no good at monitoring what I eat because I've always been able to balance it out with exercise. Really need to cut out snacking on crap! Although part of me thinks its going to get worse before it gets better so just wait until after op and things have improved and then get stuck in. Lucky its winter that's all I can say!!!

 

 

24/07/2013 at 22:06

Ha, have moved the bin to the utility room, so now I stand around like an idiot with a handful of rubbish where the bin used to be!

Found two top molars had come through recently, was thinking it was just the bottom ones but must have been four at the same time which explains the grumpiness!

Hoggle, I am not getting any exercise either really.  Lacking in motivation, hoping summer hols will revive me a bit but I sympathise with the snacking, I am eating far too much really.

JT, that is annoying about the name, wonder if you are having a girl??

my brother and his fiancé are due on the 1st Jan, looking forward to even more babies next year!

24/07/2013 at 22:12

My sister is due almost the same time Kinsey!

24/07/2013 at 22:14

I am quite excited Hoggle, but I can also off load all my baby stuff onto them ha ha!

24/07/2013 at 22:18

Caro - Nicky got his inhaler around Christmas time, so when he was about 2.5yrs.  We've got the yellow one with teddy bears on it and you plug the inhaler in one end with the rubbery mask thing on the other.  Is that the one you have?  It was hard to start with but I found Nicky loved listening to me counting to 10 (I think they did it in the hospital), so I did one puff and counted to ten in a half whisper (with lots of expression!) and it seemed to keep him interested, then a second puff and the same counting, then took it away to shake it and repeated the process.  Don't know if this is any help to you!

Boo to silly parents JT, hope Ted has ignored it all and is having a great time!

My mum is visiting so I could be quite stressed by Sunday...!

24/07/2013 at 22:32
Kinsey - he'll have a healthy immune system! E is a bit of a wild one and frequently has handfuls of stones etc in her mouth.

I don't know anything about paeds, but I didn't think anyone was using volumatics anymore - I always prescribe aero chambers for everyone, and tell them to actually use them! Caro, I don't think he'd get any of the drug into his lungs if you spray it in his mouth - most adults don't, even when they think they're using the correct technique - but if you're still struggling to get any in to him you could try spraying quite a few puffs into the air and then try getting him to take some deep breaths (tickling, being a monster, anything to take big breaths!).

JT - I dont think we're going to hear much more of the little prince for some time once this initial furore has settled down, so I just don't think that by the time you're due people would connect the name George with the prince automatically. It's not like it's an uncommon name - when I meet Williams I never assume that their parents named them after prince William!

Hope the beaver camp goes well, that mum sounds totally daft!

I did 0.5 of a minimalist mile in my new vivobarefoots today! I've been walking a lot in minimalist sandals (xero shoes for anyone interested - they are very comfortable), so am hoping that will have helped, but can definitely feel my calves this evening. I did then go and do a speed session with my running friends in my usual shoes, so my legs may just be generally tired too!

I am definitely snacking too much as well. At work I take my lunch and eat it any spare second and don't get a chance to snack, but being at home I definitely pick more at what the children are having, or eat a handful of raisins, or extra fruit, or a breadstick etc through the day. Ah well, I'm doing ok and am back to my pre-preg weight, although I'm still breastfeeding so my boobs are still too big - some of my tops just don't look right, or even fit!
24/07/2013 at 22:33

We now have a yellow little one with much better shaped mask, softer plastic, so hopefully it will be better in the Morning.  He's sleeping ok touch wood, please let it last as am a shattered!  My plan is to pretend demonstrate on Matilda then give her a dried apricot, and see if he cottons on........I like the idea of counting too.

thanks for all advice.

24/07/2013 at 22:35

JT there was something on the bbc website today showing royal names and name trends and I think it concluded that there wasnt much correlation.  

25/07/2013 at 09:03

poor Eric - sounds very stressful.

i am going to thunderrun this weekend. 24hr race offroad in the Midlands around a 10k loop. in a team of 8, so there will be around 3 loops each. N coming too but he has done no running and has an ankle problem so will be walking. I have done no training as have been ill and injured. did my longest run in months last night - 5 miles. so i am also going to die. or maybe walk. nightmare really as am so woefully unfit. ho hum.

25/07/2013 at 10:51

haha yes, JT. don't know many Georges around here tho. although I know it's a relatively popular name. obviously hasn't struck a chord with the local populace yet. many more Jaydens / Jaydans, Brooklyns, Kais etc. Jaimie-Lee / Kaceylei type names also popular for girls. But there are a fair few traditional names too, so I'm sure a few Georges may appear, but I can't imagine schools being overrun with them in 4 years time.

25/07/2013 at 15:53
Caro - the pally shoes I ordered for Isabelle have arrived and I definitely don't think the sole will wear out. They look really comfortable and have a really wide toe area like all the vivobarefoot shoes I've seen. Isabelle tried them on under duress and has done the classically her thing of saying "I'm never going to wear those"! I've learnt to ignore, put the item away, and let her come round. Put it this way, I won't be buying her another pair of shoes. I would have bought her the livi and Luca ones with a flower on if they'd had them in her size as I think she wanted shoes with more 'adornment', but they didn't, so she's got these!
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