If you’ve been following along, you know about my struggles with Alexander through infancy and allergies. As part of my journey to heal and find clarity, I’m letting you into my life. Join me as I explain our struggles with Alexander. Don’t miss: My Journey with a Sick Kid and My Son Has Allergies. This is the part where I learned My Son has Asthma…
As a Mom, there were many things I hoped to pass on to my children. My green eyes, my sense of humor, my zest for life. But I never wanted to pass on any health problems. I’m actually a pretty healthy person, I’m active and fit. The one thing I do carry around with me every day is asthma, which is really no big deal. No big deal UNTIL I realize my youngest son has inherited the illness I always shrug off and hate to admit having.
The Asthma Diagnosis
Right before the winter break, I picked up the kids from school, as usual. When I saw Alexander, I knew right away he wasn’t well. He looked pale with dark circles under his eyes (this should have been a telltale sign to me). I just assumed he caught a winter cold because he also had a runny nose and a cough that just wouldn’t stop. He went to bed early that night and I heard him wheeze as I tucked him in. Still assuming it was from the congestion, I kissed him goodnight and told him to come get me if he wasn’t feeling well.
At 3 o clock that morning, Alexander woke me. He said ‘Mommy, I make a funny noise when I breathe. I’m scared.’
Still half asleep I scooted over and told him to come in my bed. I immediately came out of my sleepy haze when I heard how terrible he sounded. He was wheezing, crackling and breathing extremely fast. I quickly got up in search of my nebulizer. I put it together, filled it with medicine and plugged it in.
NOOOO! The nebulizer was broken and just wouldn’t work!
I was still calm, but growing more concerned. I found my inhaler and tried to get him to inhale a few puffs. He was struggling to breathe, so it was useless. I didn’t know what to do. I lay there listening to him, growing more and more concerned. I kept thinking about the stories I heard on the news about the kids dying from Enterovirus D68. Because, remember, by this point we had no idea he may be asthmatic.
I knew I needed to take him to the ER. By 6 am I woke his brother, put them both in the car and drove to the ER.
In the Hospital
When we arrived at the hospital, I rushed Alexander in and he immediately started vomiting. Most likely from the lack of oxygen and stress. But the staff at Baptist Beaches ER did a wonderful job! They took him back right away, we didn’t wait in the waiting room for more than a minute or two. They quickly started treating him with oxygen and breathing treatments. Unfortunately, he wasn’t improving as they hoped, so he had to be transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital by way of Pediatric ICU ambulance.
It was touch and go for awhile. They had him on continuous breathing treatments and monitoring. There was talk of transferring him to the ICU overnight and pumping him full of big time meds. Fortunately, the incredible staff in the Wolfson ER were able to stabilize his condition so he could go to a regular floor that night.
Even upon transfer from the Wolfson ER to the floor (5 Wolfson), there was a rush of doctors and nurses working tirelessly to keep his oxygen levels up. More breathing treatments, more oxygen. Things finally settled down after the amazing nurses and doctors on 5 Wolfson worked their magic. We stayed in the hospital for a couple days, but he eventually improved enough to come off oxygen and head home.
While we were there, the doctors and nurses explained he most likely has asthma and something triggered this episode. Whether it be allergies or a virus, they couldn’t really say. So, now this is something we have to figure out.
My Son has Asthma and Life goes on…
Unbelievably, a few days after discharge Alexander got sick AGAIN! Are you exhausted yet? Because I am. About 3 days after discharge, he woke me at midnight to tell me he threw up. He continued vomiting all night. A stomach virus…they say….he picked up during our hospital visit. He’s since recovered. Life goes on. We keep smiling and taking life day by day. 🙂
Have you dealt with struggles like ours? I would love to hear from you!
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