I am currently on vacation visiting family and friends all along the east coast with 2 children. My 7 year old daughter developed a cough that sounded just like croup about a week ago when we got here. It continued to sound croupy and only appeared at night for the next couple of days. Her appetite was not up to normal and we were at a lake house and road tripping and she ate more junk food than normal. Now she has what really sounds like whooping cough and I'm just wishing it really isn't and feeling a kind of dread that it probably is. Coughing spells at random, with a long whoop after trying to catch breath. Sounds extremely wet in there and like she is swallowing fluid after coughing spell. Then nothing for hours. She is not vaxed, nor is my son. They were finally vaxed for MMR last year (at 4 and 6) because I got scared during several measles outbreaks.
It is the middle of the night and I am away and obviously my son is exposed and we have to still deal with airplane travel and getting around to do the things we need to do...can't quarantine her, which makes me feel guilty and confused.
Traveling with my serious boyfriend (not their father) and about to go back to his sister's...she is a virologist and VERY pro-vaccine. Scared of some heat, and also from my ex's family. Also scared because although I have a seriously involved partner who does more for the kids at the moment than their father, I am essentially a single mom and it is summer and I have to work and I am supposed to move next week and I want to be able to care for my kids (because my son will probably get it too, right?)...don't know how I can get through this. OH...and I am a postpartum doula so my work involves infants, which also complicates the situation.
Sorry for the rambling. It is the middle of the night and I have always feared this one and I have a lot on my mind. I know when you don't vax, chances are that you'll encounter ONE of the illnesses at some point...but I don't know if I'm ready! I have read about the vit C and cod oil and wet shirts and homeopathy. I am on the road and uncertain. I have read pros and cons about antibiotics. I just need us to get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible and I am so worried. I do feel like at 5 and 7 they can handle it and I'm not filled with the same fear I would have if we were dealing with infants...but there you have it. Help!