Hello All! Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did. Connie's new favorite phrase was "Happy Christmas!" and he would say it frequently. We modified it to add "Happy New Year" but instead it turned out "Happy Christmas Year Year!" It sounds so adorable coming from his little voice. It's been awhile since we've posted anything about him or new pics so I'll just jot down a few things that come to mind. He's still completely obsessed with bowling. He can turn anything into a bowling set. He loves to paint and got an easel from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas. He names all the colors that he wants to paint with and does a good job asking for more when one is all gone. Other times, he just sets up all the paint bottles and bowls them down. Like I said, he can turn anything into bowling! When he's not bowling, he's playing the Wii. It started with him bowling on the Wii, but now he knows how to play pretty much every game on Wii Sports Resort. He'd spend hours downstairs playing if we let him. At least when he's down there he's not aggravating the daylights out of his sister Mary Kathleen. During breakfast he's become fond of watching Super Why, a PBS cartoon about fairy tales and reading. He requests to watch this show no less than 50 times a day.
Well, the main purpose of this post was to let you know that he's got a fever, cough and drainage (still clear). The cough sounds very much like when he had the croup at Thanksgiving, but that was not accompanied by runny nose or anything else. Last night I took him out in the night air for a few minutes and that seemed to help. Today he was annoyed with the drainage and had no appetite, but overall was pretty pleasant and feeling better. By dinner time tonight the cough was increasing and the fever came back. He had been in bed a little over an hour, and sound asleep, when he woke up coughing and wheezing again. I had given him albuterol and motrin along with his regular heart meds before bed, but the cough continues to prevent him from sleeping and the difficulty breathing is making him scared. I used the nebulizer again with just water and that calmed him down. He's back in bed now but I'm a little leary, if his condition worsens, of taking him for a car ride with the windows open in these extreme temperatures (which is what was recommended by the nurses when he had this cough before). They are saying the wind chill is supposed to be around minus 24F tonight! Please pray that he gets some rest and that the cough improves.