May 28, 2009

Asthma sucks the life outta you

One of my children has recently been diagnosed with asthma.

It sucks.


After many episodes of breathing troubles, a few trips to the emergency room and a hospital stay, he was finally diagnosed with the "A" word.

He is now on medication every day.

I could not be happier.

There is nothing worse then watching your child struggle to take a breath.

Helpless is a terrible way to feel as you hold your child who needs an oxygen mask to breathe.

Ok, medication. Do your job and help my boy breathe.


In the meantime, I will say a million prayers and cross my fingers.

Cheaper Than Therapy

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Kim said...

Breathe a little easier now - pun intended - and let the worst be behind you. :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwww! Poor little munchkin! Thank goodness they finally figured it out so you and he can breath a little easier...keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Happy ATWT! :)

Isabel Princes said...

Have they determined what triggers his asthma? It will make your life that much easier once they do.

I'm not sure how old your son is, but he must be somewhat young if he is using the tube thing with the inhaler.

My son had his first asthma attack at 3, actually probably earlier but his didn't look like what I thought an astham attack would. Two years later and its easier now, but still a constant worry when the weather changes. (Allergies is his trigger.)

Sally said...

poor kid....things will be better now!

Jeanette said...

I know what you are going through!! My oldest has asthma. He was diagnosed at 18mo. of age. We just recently started seeing a specialist due to the fact that we were in the hospital about once or twice a year and in the ER every other month or so!! It is so scary when they start having trouble and nothing you do at home seems to work. But now that he is on his new meds it is finally under control - playing sports and all!!! :)

Hope the meds work well for him.

Janis @ SneakPeek said...

An an ER veteran of a boy with MAJOR breathing problems I sure hope this is a short lived stint. (HUGS)

Live.Love.Eat said...

That sucks, I'm sorry. My sister has it and so does my niece.

Colleen said...

It sucks having a child with a chronc illness! (hugs)

I am Harriet said...

Thank goodness we have these methods of treatment. Good luck.

Heatherlyn said...

My husband has allergic onset asthma. He is sooooo grateful for his inhaler, but a lot of the other allergy medications simply don't work (even the prescription ones). I know what it is like to watch a loved-one suffer. It is so debilitating and completely sucks away their energy too.

After doing a lot of online research, he read that 1/8 C. apple cider vinegar combined with 2C. water and enough honey to make it drinkable would help. He drinks it once a day for about 2 weeks before the bad allergy seasons and then whenever he feels something coming on. It definitely helps. He didn't have any allergies this year for the first time in 9 years BUT he still has his inhaler on hand. It doesn't solve everything. And I do not believe it would be possible to get a little kid to drink it anyway. It might be nice to tuck away and maybe when he's older he would want to try it.

I hope his current medicine works. It really is a difficult problem.

Kimberly said...

Good Morning,
I am sorry you are joining the ranks of dealing with a kid with asthma.
I have a 12 year old, a 10 year old, and now a 6 year old with asthma.

First..learn the signs of the attack! My 10 year old would have a cough for a week, appearing to be breathing normally, before I took him to the doctor only to be told it was asthma. I have learned to listen to them, and a an attempt to get air in, which is an asthma attack.
Next, figure out the triggers. All of my kids are seasonal stuff. When the weather changes in the fall and in the spring, I am ready. You know the days that are 60 one day, and the next is 80, followed by a couple more 60 degree days? Those are when the asthma will be triggered. Watch your kid, his breathing, and stay consistent with treatments.
Finally, if the medicine he has is not working and he is needing to use it regularly, more often than he should, or is not getting relief, take him back to the doctor. I had to be firm with my doctor but he finally gave me a nebulizer machine. The machine is a life saver, especially when your kid doesn't want to take his medicine, or can't breathe in. I have wrote my book. I hope it helps you some how :)

Jen said...

Breathing is good! Claire is in what they call pre-asthma. Hopefully it stays that way.

Liz said...

I had ashma when I was young but grew out of it. My son as it real bad.

Bree Shaw said...

so glad they figured it out. it could have been a lot worse, come on meds work your magic!

Twisted Cinderella said...

I hope the medication helps your little one breathe easy.

The Mom Jen said...

I know how you feel, my son has allergy-induced asthma it is so scary. Hope the meds will help and he'll get over this, they can!!

Anissa said...

Poor little one. My sister has asthma! My daughter had seasonal asthma but grew out of it! Ariel was when the seasons changed.

Hope your little gets to feeling better now.

shopannies said...

Take a deep breat for yourself while asthma is bad it is not the end of the world. All I can say is take it a bit easier but they can still do all that the others can. I can tell you one thing that works great for us is singular. While it does have its side effects the benefits are worth it just like any drug be careful and good luck. From a mom of children and nephew with asthma