3am at the hospital


After several days and nights of coughing, Eliza appeared in our bed with breathing interrupted by coughing. L had already said she thought Eliza had asthma. Conscious – but tired – that both Gabe and Robin had ended up in hospital with asthma and that we have no medicine prescribed for Eliza, I decided she needed to go to hospital. I helped her into clothes and then to the car. Minutes into our journey and Eliza seemed less ill, but I pressed on. At the hospital, she sat on my knee as we waited to be seen and then with the nurse, coughing as proof of why I had taken us there. We weren’t deemed an emergency needing A&E care and so went to the duty GP’s office. We waited watching middle of the night tv. Eliza was calm and well-behaved. Eventually we were seen by the doctor who examined Eliza and offered no prescription, just the consolation of a vague diagnosis of viral asthma  – a bad cough. We drove home at dawn.


Several times most nights, Gabe enters a phase of intense, adenoid scorching snoring. It doesn’t seem to relate to his posture in bed, but some independent tightening of his airways.


L bought off Robin with a green, sound and light emitting light sabre. With lighter mornings, Robin had been waking and coming to our room, where he fidgeted and sniffed through the last hour of our sleep. He was challenged to five consecutive nights of staying quietly in bed until L or I got up. The incentive worked, but with the threat of back-sliding to the earlier routine, the threat is now that the light sabre will be removed unless he can continue to stay in bed until a reasonable hour.


2 responses to this post.

  1. […] after her night-time trip to the hospital, Eliza’s coughing started up again. A few causes were considered: Coco, pollen, plain old […]


  2. […] Gabe’s snoring has been silenced. An ENT physician looked up his nose then gave him four allergy spot tests. Within minutes, one of the tests had raised a red wheal on Gabe’s arm. “That’s great news”, the physician claimed, “dust mites. The only allergy that you can remove. And you can tell your Father that you cannot clean your room, as it could make it worse.” Prescribed a nasal spray and anti-histemine, within days Gabe’s sleep became quiet. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]


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