A study released this week found a connection between chronic croup and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease . You may have heard of croup, a common viral illness in infants and toddlers with a characteristic barking cough. In most cases, croup comes on suddenly in the middle of the night.
A Croup/Reflux Story
Whenever I think of croup and reflux, I think of a Reflux Mom I know who kept calling me about her toddler. Usually she would call me in the morning and give me the details of her long night:
My son woke up in the middle of the night with croup again. I turned on the shower and steamed up the bathroom, a common treatment for croup. His would not stop coughing and his breathing became worse and worse so I decided to head for the ER. Going out in the cold, damp air calmed his breathing so I just drove around until dawn while he slept peacefully in his car seat.
One night, she drove to the hospital ER but the coughing had stopped by the time they arriv...
My family has celebrated a reunion for 35 years. This year, my role remained the same as it was in past years. However, this year was very different for me. In my previous post, I talked about how dementia affected how I handled my responsibilities. In this post, I'd like to talk about how it affected my interactions with family members. Most of my more distant relatives did not know of my dementia diagnosis since I was diagnosed within the last six months. After hugs and greetings, small talk began, which these days is usually about everyone's health. When I told my relatives that I had been diagnosed with dementia, I would sometimes get laughter, and he/she would say that he/she forgets things, too. Other times I would just be stared at blankly for a few seconds. In the former instance, I had to confirm that I really DO have dementia, that I was not being funny. With the latter, I had to allow time for the news to sink in. To both groups of people, it came as a shock. &...
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