Posted on April 20, 2009


cough – a sudden and often repetitively occurring defense reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from excess secretions, irritants, foreign particles and microbes
vomiting – forceful expulsion of the contents of one’s stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose


– a slippery secretion produced by, and covering, mucous membranes – it is a viscous colloid containing antiseptic enzymes and immunoglobulins that serves to protect epithelial cells in the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, visual, and auditory systems in mammals
wheezing – 
a continuous, coarse, whistling sound produced in the respiratory airways during breathing, while  some part of the respiratory tree is narrowed or obstructed, or airflow velocity within the respiratory tree is heightened
late night trip to the ER on birthday party day.

after a pretty cruddy day for silly monkey (see last post for his party pooper behavior), he seemed to calm down and enjoy his new toys.  at bedtime, he started coughing much, much more & much, much harder – turning bright red, gagging and vomiting up what can only be described as:  stinky, yellowy, foamy mucus – and lots of it.  each fit left him without his breath and a heart beating faster than a little three year old heart should ever have to beat. 

a quick call to the doc on call had us in the car on the way to the er, where we spent over 5 hours.  after finally falling asleep in my lap at 1am, and after some crazy lady decided to make a scene in the er screaming “help him, he can’t breathe” about her husband who was visibly not OK, but breathing well enough to tell her to sit down and chill out, silly monkey had his first ever chest xray, which showed…


oh wait, i take that back… it showed intestinal gas.  essentially a fart, which silly monkey found pretty amusing (as did i) & which we are still talking about 2 days later. 

though, i’m still finding this completely unbelievable.  how can “just a cough” land a kid in the er?  i don’t get it. 

so we popped into his doctor’s office this morning (after a serious issue that left me more than furious with someone so not worth mentioning at the moment) where it was confirmed that silly monkey’s throat and lungs are perfect!  and perhaps the weather as wonky as its been and silly monkey’s seasonal allergies have all but completely aggravated his poor little breathing system and he’s coughing, coughing, coughing just b/c he can.   i suppose it doesn’t help that for the most part, he doesn’t slow down.

in a nutshell… there is nothing wrong with my kid.  which, if he hadn’t had a cough that hasn’t gone away since february, i would be much obliged to believe and dance around about… but, really?  nothing wrong?  don’t get me wrong.  i’d rather have it be nothing than something, but how can it be nothing if there is certainly something that is making him cough? 

i still don’t get it.