Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Elijah has a Cough

Elijah has a cough. It is most likely due to the change in the weather. The rain came in and so did the cool air. He has had the cough since Sunday. If he were a typical kid, I would just keep an eye on him and give him allergy meds, but this is Elijah. His lungs are not at 100% and may never be at 100%. His premature birth and being on a ventilator are the reason for issue with his lungs. He was on a high frequency ventilator for five days and on a regular ventilator for seven more days. The ventilator saved his life, but it also damaged his lungs. Thankfully, he has not had a cough or issue for over a year. I will call the pulmonologist tomorrow morning and see what the nurse thinks. I gave him a breathing treatment Sunday night, last night and again today when I got home from work. He will take another one before he goes to bed. I have also given him Mucinex.

I know I may sound like a hypochondriac when it comes to Elijah and this cough, but if I am not vigilant he can get sick very quickly.

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