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December 03, 2003

Tonight's Quandry

I'll be interested to see if the following question breaks down along gender lines--as it most certainly did in our household.

Given a sick child with breathing difficulties at bedtime and a broken vaporizer, should a replacement vaporizer be purchased from the nearest drugstore, or from the one where the pharmacist knows your name?

Update: I think what we have here is the croup. Ngnat just woke up hoarse, crying, and out of breath. She's fine now, breathing quietly and asleep in bed with her mom. I'm supposed to take her for a flu shot tomorrow, and am starting to wonder if they give flu shots to sick people.

Also wondering where I am going to sleep tonight.

Posted by Bigwig at December 3, 2003 11:13 PM | TrackBack
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Male, father of two adult children.

Nearest drug store. With a product mass produced by the same huge corporation in both pharmacies, what is the advantage of the pharmacist knowing my name? Especially when I can pick up the vaporizer without even seeing the pharmacist, who in the case of the small pharmacy where they know your name the pharmacist has long since closed up shop and gone to that bar where everybody knows HIS name.

Posted by: Steve Lassey at December 3, 2003 11:23 PM

BW, the croup should involve a certian amount of wheezing on inspiration. And no, don't get a flu shot when your body is already mounting an immune response to something else. Jesus, almost one semester of PA school under my belt and listen to me.

Posted by: Big dumb cousin at December 4, 2003 12:06 AM

I have no kids, but I'd go for the nearest drugstore.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at December 4, 2003 12:53 AM

Nearest drugstore, unless it is a Walgreens - then go to the next one. Geez that place sucks.

Posted by: MojoMark at December 4, 2003 01:10 AM

Although she's asleep now, if she wakes up again, try this: while you are on the way to the drugstore, have SW take ngnat into the shower, turning on solid hot water full blast with the door closed. This should generate much more steam than ngnat would get from a vaporizer. By the time you get home (and I would say the nearest drugstore would be the best, and whatever place is open) you can set up the vaporizer and take it from there. good luck, been there, done it twice. Ech.

BTW The doc will probably nix the flu shot, but you never know. Best to go with what you feel. PS Get comfy if you can and good luck.

Posted by: Deb at December 4, 2003 01:23 AM

No hot steam! Moist air, yes. Hot is a definite no-no with croup. Bacon's had it the past two years running. Both times were bad enough for doc visits and antibiotic prescriptions.

For temporary relief run the shower full out with cold water. The moisture and cold will help enormously. If it's chilly outside then bundle the little lady up and take her for a sit on the porch.

Vaporub will not touch the croup and neither will cough syrups. If it doesn't clear up fairly quickly or it gets to the point where she is gasping for air (if she sucks in her belly when she breaths) then get her to a doctor.

Nearest pharmacy, by the way. Like Steve said, it's the same thing and the child's comfort is at stake. Go the faster route.

Posted by: Jim at December 4, 2003 09:47 AM

Nearest pharmacy. Of course, I am childless and a creature of convenience.

Posted by: Beth at December 4, 2003 10:40 AM

7 votes for the nearest drugstore (including mine) - so who's saying "I told you so" at the House of Hraka??

Posted by: Clover at December 4, 2003 12:26 PM

Nearest drugstore. Hope I don't make any close family member angry. By the way, Big Dumb Cousin, you are doing great. We are proud of you.

Posted by: Yomamma at December 4, 2003 01:28 PM

Closest. Absolutely.

Posted by: LeeAnn at December 4, 2003 03:27 PM


And being in the room with a blasting cold shower or outdoors during a rain will help greatly until dad completes the trip.

Posted by: meg at December 4, 2003 06:26 PM

Depends. Which one sells beer?

-Blackavar - male, father of one.

Posted by: Blackavar at December 5, 2003 11:23 PM
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