That's a nebulizer he's got there. The mask was a prop, an attempt on my part to make it more like a fun scuba experience than a medical chore.
This adventure began with a head cold and mild spring allergies, compounded by the fact that our A/C coil was broken and we had to have the windows open the week that the trees out front bloomed. Great timing. Apparently Griff's lungs were irritated by this one-two punch and that made a perfect situation for a bacterial infection to take hold. He's amoxicillin-allergic, so Zithromax was the first antibiotic to try. No dice, he got much worse very quickly. The photos above were taken the day we went back to the pediatrician - he was prescribed Omnicef, the nebulizer (albuterol) several times a day, claritin, and a steroid. Add multivitamins, Tylenol for fever, and a probiotic, and the kid was a walking pharmacy.
No improvement that weekend, so Monday saw us stopping Omnicef and poor kid had to get a shot in the leg of a more powerful antibiotic. He also was subjected to a swab for a bacterial culture, and then we were off to the hospital for chest x-rays. Good news: not pneumonia. Bad news: still don't know what it is! Another shot in the bum the next day (poor kid is permanently traumatized, I think). By Wednesday we had a name for the bug: haemophilus influenzae (untypeable), and a new antibiotic. Fun fun fun. It should have responded to the second one, but didn't, gotta love drug resistance.
2 other prescriptions
9 days missed from school
He's ok now, but goodness, enough sickness! All done!
Oh, and the steroids made him eat like a horse and retain water. Which, in a four-year-old, is almost funny...if it's not your kid. Plus, you know what happens when a child stops retaining water? Bedwetting. Oh, yeah.