Sunday, September 25, 2016

Father's Day Nightmare

Last year on Father's Day, I thought it was going to be a day where I enjoy the day with family siting by poolside. Instead  my son was sick and I had to stay home with him while my wife worked. This happens when your child is around children all the time.

The day started out fine knowing that Peter was sick. As the day progressed he seemed to be getting worse. His fever started out low and rose as the day went by. In the late afternoon the fever went to 104. I started to get nervous. His fevers have never been that high. I kept giving him medicine to bring the temperature down but nothing was working.

He started to cough lightly which did not alarm me. It was a normal cough at the beginning. I would ask him," How do you feel?" He would respond, "Not too well daddy." I would keep my eyes glued to him. As the day progressed his cough got bad. It was a hacking cough that sounded like it was coming from the toes.

He decided to take a nap which is very unusual for him because he rarely takes them. He fights them. He slept for a good two hours. When he woke up he was crying but nothing was coming out and he was gasping for air. He was also coughing. It really scared the crap out of me but I kept very calm.

I scooped him up and said to Kate, "let's go to the hospital". Both of us panicked and were very worried. I was more calm than Kate was. You can see in Peters eyes he was very scared and was panicking. He held on and started to relax which made him breathe easier. It felt like the longest car ride to the hospital but was very short.

When we got to the hospital all of his information was already in the system because it was the hospital he was born in. The hospital did some tests. They checked his lungs. He had a hacking cough.

The hospital ended up giving him a nebulizer and medicine. He ended up having croup and strider. 

Croup is a respiratory condition that is usually triggered by an acute viral infection of the upper airway. This infection leads to swelling inside the throat which interferes with breathing causing a barking cough.

Stridor is associated with croup but for Peter his voice box swelled which caused him to wheeze.

After about 6 hours in the hospital. He was released. He did not have any reaction to any of the medicine they game him. Myself and Kate were grateful.

We do not know how and where he caught this. It could be from anywhere. We are just glad that he was well taken care of.

And for Me and Kate it was the most scariest things we have dealt with as parents so far even though it was Father's Day I felt that even though we weren't celebrating like most. We were together as a family and when you are a parent Father's and Mother's Day is everyday. Twenty four hours a day seven days a week for the rest of my life.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fun Adventure with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Peter had been a really well behaved child this past Friday due to the fact that he spent most of the evening with us at the hospital. My mother in law fell in an elevator and clocked her head against rail and the floor causing a concussion.

We decided to treat him to a fun filled day at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey because we knew about The Teenage Ninja Turtle Exhibit called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Secret of the Sewers 

When we arrived Peter saw a poster in the elevator about the exhibit with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Peter has been watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles recently and loves the show so this was a perfect way to experience all of the things about The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

There are lots of interactive exhibits and things to do for the entire family. Children can put on a Gi and show their favorite Ninja moves. Children and Parents can put pipes together to create drain pipes. You all can pose in front of your favorite Ninja Turtle.You can also test you balance by riding a skateboard.

                                                                   Peter with Leonardo.                    


There are pipes that you can look in from the sewers to the street and see all of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 You can play an interactive game with 4 players were each person plays a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and help navigate The Turtle Van through the streets against time. It matches the colors to each Mutant Ninja Turtle to certain moves of the van. Each player has a major role in controlling the van.

You can shoot a pizza through a window at you favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Villain. You have to aim this machine at the window. There are four windows to choose from. We only had one shot because this exhibit was very busy but we were able to do this five more times by getting back in line which moved fast.

There is a rope maze that when you hit the rope an alarm triggered off. My son loved this exhibit. It was a challenge not to step on or hit the rope with your body. The exhibit was lots of fun. I even saw adults trying because their children convinced them to. I had no luck not triggering off the alarm.  I am flexible but not that much.

 It was an awesome day at the Liberty Science Center.  We spent most of the day at this exhibit because Peter was having a ball. This exhibit made Peter love The Teenage Ninja Turtles even more. If you are a fan of the show this exhibit is fun.This exhibit is going nation wide. It closes at the Liberty Science Center on September 5, 2016.  It will be coming to a city near you.

Peter fell asleep in the car ride home. Peter probably was dreaming of having a new adventure with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When he woke up all he did was talk about his adventure that day.  When we got home all he wanted to do is tell his grandparents about the exhibit.

The Liberty Science Center is a 50 minutes car ride from our house in Queens, NY   If you live in Manhattan it is a hop, skip and a jump away. It is across the water from Downtown Manhattan.You can  reach there by mass transit, NJ Transit or a Ferry from the Financial Center in Downtown Manhattan if you do not have a car.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid for this nor did I receive tickets to The Liberty Science Center. This my opinion of an awesome day with my son Peter.