Christmas Eve was also wonderful; we had a delicious dinner and had a beloved family over for dinner. We opened a few gifts and then Drek Ash and I got in the car to go look at Christmas lights. We came back and put Ash down for bed, then snuggled up for a game of scrabble. We fell asleep around ten, looking forward to Christmas Morning!
And midnight Ash woke up unable to breathe. She had a terrible cough. Ben got up with her and I looked up Insurance and Emergency Room info. Her breathing wasn't great, but it wasn't quite bad enough for a trip to the ER. We went back to sleep, but she woke up about every thirty minutes. Every time we decided it was bad enough to go the hospital her breathing would get better and she would fall back asleep. And then thirty minutes later she would wake up again. It was a miserable night. Finally, around six, she fell asleep and stayed asleep. So did Drek, but I was up. I made a big Christmas breakfast, cleaned a little bit, watched a Christmas movie, read a Christmas book and then sat around going "now what?"
I called Ash's on-call doctor. He said it was croup, and it sounded like a mild case. He told me what to watch for and that was that.
Drek and Ash finally woke up around nine. We had a very low-key Christmas which ended early do Ash could take a nap.
I did laundry. I talked to my family. That was about it.
Ash is doing much better now. She'll still bark every once in a while, but she's sleeping at night and she's no longer contagious.
And there's always next year.