A&E AND AUTISM

poorly_boyThis weekend has been a long one, and not the nice kind, in fact it’s been hell to tell the truth. Friday night started pretty uneventful with Archie going to bed with no tears or tantrums and falling asleep pretty much instantly. At about 9pm he woke up gasping for breath & trying to cough, as he couldn’t catch his breath properly he couldn’t cough properly either so as the Hubby tried to calm him down I dialled 111.

After a few questions, thankfully she didn’t follow the usual check box list as she knew it was urgent she sent out an ambulance. The paramedics arrived in around 1o minutes, by which I’d managed to calm Archie down a little so he was now breathing properly but still gasping for breath when he coughed. Straight away they knew it was severe Croup due to the distinctive barking cough & breathing difficulties and wanted to do the initial assessment such as taking his temperature, examining his airways etc.

For Archie this was a definite no go, as soon as they attempted to get close to him to take a look he started panicking & his breathing got worse, my poor little man was so distressed that even cuddles from Mummy couldn’t calm him down. Due to his Autistic tendencies he doesn’t like to be overcrowded by people he doesn’t know and can’t deal with stressful situations. I managed to take his temperature which was very high at 39.6 so due to this and the fact that any attempt at assessing him made him worse they decided that he had to be taken to A&E.

Thankfully by the time we arrived at A&E he had calmed right down, and as he was stripped down to his nappy for the journey his temperature had also lowered a little too, which made it a little easier for the Triage Nurse to visually asses him. They decided to give him time to become familiar with the A&E department & allowed us to sit in a booth whilst we waited to be seen by the paediatric doctor although the next two hours were spent pushing him around in his buggy with the hood up to try & block out anything that was overwhelming him. By the time the doctor was ready to see him I had to pin Archie down in order for his to have a full assessment, which obviously didn’t go down well but it was the only way the doctor was going to be able to check him over. Thankfully his temp was finally back to normal & his breathing had settled down so I ended up having to give him his steroid medicine and after another hour’s observation he was well enough to go home. He still has a cough but is well on the mend.

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12 Comments

  1. November 11, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    What stressful time, but it sounds like you’re doing an amazing job with him. He’s lucky to have you.

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 11, 2014 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much, it is stressful but we just have to try & think positive as we’re getting the help much sooner than some

  2. November 11, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    Oh no! How stressful for you all….I hope he’s feeling a bit better now! x

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 11, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      He’s on the mend now thanks, still coughing but thankfully no issues with his breathing x

  3. November 12, 2014 / 10:20 am

    I’ve just read both of your posts about Archie’s potential Autism. I think it’s brilliant that you’ve gone with your gut and sought advice when you knew something wasn’t right. Good luck on this journey, it must be a really hard time for you right now x

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 12, 2014 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks, it’s been hard but hopefully it’ll get better x

  4. November 16, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    We had such a similar experience but with tonsillitis. Ethan has sensory issues with his mouth so has to be pinned down to be examined. Twice we had these trips. He also got croup whilst we were in Florida, thankfully the doctor came to the room there. Our autism experience and doctors really don’t mix, it’s very stressful. I’m told it gets easier!

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 17, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Oh no poor Ethan, yes it’s so stressful. Hopefully it will get easier for us both!

  5. November 19, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Poor you (and him) what a scary situation. And draining. However you’re doing a great job and he’s very lucky to have such a great Mummy xxxxxx

    • gymbunnymum
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      November 19, 2014 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! Yes it was awful, it really brought home to me how his autistic tendencies are going to affect him xx

  6. October 14, 2015 / 6:09 am

    Just read this post now and I can relate 100%
    Sam has split his head open twice during meltdowns and needed glue both times. The 2nd time it took 6 of us to pin him down while they did it because he knew what was coming. It was horrific.
    He had a badly bleeding ear about 15 months ago and our local children’s a&e wouldn’t even examine him, just gave him anti biotics. A few hours later I took him to Manchester children’s hospital and they were absolutely amazing with him. The doctors were miracle workers. He got upset but nothing like how he does at Salford. Fingers crossed neither of our little dudes need hospital attention ever again! X

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