Stories in Seven is a blog circle made up of documentary family photographers who have committed to telling a story in 7 images on the 7th of each month. This is the story of our first hospital trip.
A middle of the night wake up to the sound of your kid being unable to breathe is about my worst nightmare. Unfortunately, this month, the teeniest cold turned into our first trip to the ER for just that reason. My poor little man woke up gasping for breath. It turned out to be severe croup that took us from home (in a bathroom full of steam) to the ER at the children’s hospital, to a regular room overnight. He was terrified of the nurses and doctors in their full masks and gowns. The slightest touch from one of them set him off screaming again (and the poor guy is not a crier!) I haven’t had him cling to me like that ever. It was incredibly sad and scary and just awful. After some steroids and two breathing treatments, he was sort of breathing normally again, but not quite. We were allowed to go home around 2pm the next day after pretty much zero sleep (like literally I got less than an hour). And my sweet boy, after so little sleep and so much poking and prodding, still found some smiles for me. I didn’t document the hard parts. But still I hate to even look at these photos. My heart just hurts for my baby. He’s fine now…but what a crappy day.
Be sure to follow the Stories in Seven circle to see other photographers’ March storytelling! You can start by clicking here: Amy Bundy | Amy Jay Photo