I didn’t talk about it while we were in the midst of it. Frankly, I wasn’t ready to. I was scared.
I gave birth to Baby Quinnly on March 13th and the next month, several members of my family had contracted whooping cough.
I knew little about the disease, but I knew that if they vaccinated against it, it was probably not a pleasant experience. And believe me, when I say it wasn’t!
Here’s Our Story….
It started out like a cold. It did come with a cough, but often times, colds do. It didn’t seem to be a big deal either. But, one night, the cough got worse! Way worse. I mean, coughing until you can’t take a breath worse. Coughing until you throw up worse. But it was weird. Between coughing fits, they didn’t even seem sick. They would play as normal, have a coughing fit and then continue playing. After a couple of nights of barely any sleep, due to all of the coughing fits, I decided that something wasn’t right. I started researching what could be wrong and settled upon whooping cough. I listened to YouTube videos of coughing, poured over symptoms and decided that this must be what my children had. 2 of them were coughing pretty badly at this point and I was really worried that they were going to give it to the baby. In fact, the toddler was always all over the baby, so I was REALLY worried that he already had given it to her. Off to the doctor we went, but the doctor didn’t take us seriously. They didn’t believe it was whooping cough.
They would cough all day, but like I said, it wasn’t horrible. Then night would come. Wow, it was bad then! They would wake up several times a night with coughing fits. As time went on, I learned to sleep through most of them. If they didn’t puke, anyway. They slept through most of them, too.