My daughter had an appointment yesterday for a study that she is in at CHOC. I had been talking with them regarding a cough that she has had for about 3 weeks and we are thinking it may be asthma. They had started her IV and were ready to get going with the visit when her endo came in and was questioning further about this cough. I explained that right now she is having these bad coughing spells every 1-2 hours in the middle of the night. My husband and I are right there because she starts gasping for air and sometimes throws up. He looked at me and said "I think this is Pertussis" (huh), "Whooping Cough". They decide to hold off on the trial and I am off to her reg dr. I get home and now my son is coughing. I read online that there is an epidemic in CA. of Whooping Cough. Ok, now we are all off to the dr. 4 Z-paks later and an inhaler for my daughter. My daughter looks at me and says "Mom, I'm falling apart. First Diabetes, now Whooping Cough and... my eye hurts" I had to chuckle at that one.... Sorry so long, but be on the lookout for this cough that in the beginning just comes on as a normal cough, then BAM... coughing fits that cause you to lose your breathing, crazy!