You might remember from a while ago, the post I wrote about William and his reactive airways. Well it’s been the same thing over and over. He’ll probably grow out of it. “But what do we do until then?”, I would ask. “What do we do for now?” Just be patient, he’ll grow out of it. Every single month, we go through the same line-up:
Rescue Inhaler used the daily maximum
Trip to the Chrilden’s Hospital
Last week he had a particularly bad attack. We went to the hospital, William had a chest x-ray, and he was treated and sent home without a protocol. Just “keep doing what you’re doing!”. Well, that landed us back at the Children’s Hospital less than 24 hours later. And that’s when we met the BEST doctor. She totally felt my fear and said we weren’t leaving without a BETTER plan.
That’s all I wanted! A better plan! Going to the hospital monthly for something doesn’t seem like a good solution. I want something better! That’s all I’ve wanted for the past 2 years.
William was treated, the same way he had been the day before. They reviewed his chest x-ray again. We met with a Respiratory Therapist. We got an ASAP referral to the Asthma Clinic. We got a new plan. And so far it seems to be working. Now instead of just using his rescue inhaler 3 times a day, I can use it every 4 hours as needed. And now, sick or well, William gets a different inhaler (QVAR) twice daily to help prevent those big attacks. This will be his plan until we see the Asthma Clinic later next month.
And then, just as I was breathing a sigh of relief, the next day Henry got sent home from School sick–>Double ear infection moving to his throat. Antibiotics for him. Tilly seems to have the same cold as William but without the added breathing difficulties. We took her to the doctor with Henry just to double check but it’s viral. So I bought some homeopathic cough medicine to help her sleep. 3 kids, all medicated. And 2 days later John and I were scheduled to go away for 2 nights. John’s parents were here and I felt terrible leaving my sick kids, but since they were all on the mend, we did it. But that’s a post for another day.
Here’s to healthier days ahead.