We tried the "look, Griff is wearing the mask, too!" approach. FAIL. Xander thrashed and screamed and ultimately I ended up holding the vaporous and fearful device to his face while trying to distract him with videos on totlol. I owe a major love-note to Nicolas Deveaux for his short clip of an elephant bouncing on a trampoline. We must have watched it twenty times today across three different breathing treatments. Thanks, Nic. Here's the transfixed patient inhaling his meds:
(lousy pics because they were taken with a 50mm lens at arm's length while my other hand held the mask to his face)
One ceftriaxone shot, three albuterol treatments, and one dose of omnicef later, and he doesn't sound cruddy when he breathes. All day his temperature was 99 degrees at most and while he was tantrumy this morning, he was pretty perky this evening. Dan noted that he hadn't heard him cough. Excellent progress, crisis averted!