I am so upset...

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 4:26pm
Samber's picture
Joined: 06/22/2006 - 09:00

Today I brought my dd to the allergist. I thought she was having environmental allergies. Intermitant, clear running nose, very rare cough, and then today kinda wheezing. Her behavior as far as playing and running and talking and eating never changed. I take her in, I can hear the wheezing now, and the Allergist says, oh this isn't good. He does an immediate breathing treatment and oral steroids. He first asked if she ate her allergy foods, peanut or egg, I of course say there is no way that I know of. He says did she swallow a toy she is very constricted. I said no.
Well after the Albuterol treatment she was sooo much better. My daughter, 3y/o in 2 months, now has ASTHMA. I knew that there was a chance, but I am still shocked and almost feel back at square one.
How many of you are dealing with FA and Asthma? How do you deal with it? Is it only rarely fatel? The nebulizer arrived tonight and along with giving the oral steroids frequently she is sound asleep without weezing. She is still having the occasional cough that worries me. Should that have gone completely away too?
Thank you, I know I will get great input.


Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 4:59pm
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

It is not uncommon for kids to have Allergies, eczma and asthma. It just means you have to carry something else with the Epi Pen, but now that you know you are safer!
Before DD was diagosed, we thought her constant clearing of her throat, not being able to run without 'catching her breath' had to be something else. We felt like we had somehow failed because we 'allowed' her allergy to progress to asthma. IT ISN'T TRUE!! It is another 'it just happens.'
After about a week, we noticed a huge change. However, if you think her cough is not what it should be call the doc. Thier little lungs need to get stronger and sometimes they need even more help.
O'h, and get some sleep (I'm up because the neighbor's dog jumped our fence and DD got licked/rolled on-dog IgE is 6+).
[This message has been edited by Peanut Militia (edited March 17, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:09pm
Samber's picture
Joined: 06/22/2006 - 09:00

[quote]Originally posted by Peanut Militia:
[B]It is not uncommon for kids to have Allergies, eczma and asthma. It just means you have to carry something else with the Epi Pen, but now that you know you are safer!
I wish I could get some sleep. It is so upseting and now every little cough makes me go in and check. I just gave her more steroinds about 30min ago. Thank you for sharing.
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Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:10pm
Samber's picture
Joined: 06/22/2006 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Samber:
[b][quote]Originally posted by Peanut Militia:
[B]It is not uncommon for kids to have Allergies, eczma and asthma. It just means you have to carry something else with the Epi Pen, but now that you know you are safer!
I wish I could get some sleep. It is so upsetting and now every little cough makes me go in and check. I just gave her more steroids about 30min ago. Thank you for sharing.
[This message has been edited by Samber (edited March 17, 2007).][/b]

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:34pm
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

Just a view into our life. When DD was smaller we put a twin bed in our room for these long nights. It really helped me and gave her freedom when she could sleep in her 'big girl room.' In this house our rooms are next to each other so it is easier to check on her. Now that we know how she reacts to most things it is easier (started when she was 3mths, she is 6 now). I know there are people who would never let their kids sleep in their room, but ya do what ya have to do.
I laugh when my friends with newborns talk about their kids 'finally' sleeping through the night lololol.

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 7:06pm
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I was devastated when DS was diagnosed with asthma. This was before the PA was uncovered.
He had a few rough times between 3 and 5 years old, but once he was on the correct meds, much better.
He improved after we started allergy shots and we got him on a good antihistimine.
His asthma flares when he is ill and has environmentally triggered asthma.
He is now almost 9 and his asthma doesn't keep him from anything and he rarely needs his inhaler.

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 9:27pm
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

Food allergies, environmental allergies, eczema and yes, asthma.
You are overwhelmed now but it will get better. Like food allergies, once you are informed, find your comfort level, get things in control at home - you will be less stressed.
Over time, you doc may or may not be changing meds. It takes a while to get things to a point where the asthma is controlled instead of reacting to problems and flare ups. There are many different meds and you and your child's doc will be able to figure it out. Once controlled, rescue meds are used much less.
Good luck, you'll do great!

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 11:57pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Sorry you sound so down. I know it's another hurdle in your child's life, but really, with some time, this is just another part of who they are. I have 2 kids with asthma and 2 without(so far). I wouldn't say the asthma is such a big deal, really. I did ALOT of nebulizer treatments the first couple of years, during the day every 2-4 hours, during the night....but thenyou get into a groove, I actually have only done maybe 1/2 a dozen nebulizer treatments this winter, just during a day or so of coughing...
A few years ago, when my (8yr old) was 3 and her 6yr old brother was 1...they were both diagnosed within 6mths of eachother. I was also doign day care and had a little girl(she was 3) but was a preemie and had breathing problems, then another little girl(also 3) who needed the nebulizer during colds as well...I had 4 neb's going at one time most days, it was crazy! But all those kids are fine, they play sports, they run they jump, they are just kids!!!
To be honest, between the asthma and the food allergies, the food allergies takes more out of me. Right now, my 8yr old knows to do her inhaler before any big event(game, swimming class, going to Pump It Up) and she is usually fine. My 6yr old, he rarely has attacks, his are more during an allergic(evenironmental, food etc...) and the nebulizer is up and running. When they were younger we had bouts of steriods, but that is rare anymore.
I don't want to tell you not be upset, it is upsetting, it's your child. I do want to tell you..."you can do this". I hope you remember that.
As for the bed situation(the other poster commented) I did the same thing. when they were 1 and 3yr's old, both kids slept in toddler beds in my room. And often times my son would fall asleep to the sound of the nebulizer....they are all it their own rooms now, they are great, it does get better.
HUGS to you, hang in there. Run outside and let out a big scream and then go hug that little girl of yours. You both can do this, it will become routine and part of life in no time.
We also carry an inhaler and aerochamber in the Epipen bag....I just be sure to have both with me at all times. HUGS
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 12:00am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

My son was actually dx'd with asthma before PA, so it was the PA diagnosis that threw me for a loop. His older brother had been diagnosed with asthma just days before he was (what a week [i]that[/i] was, LOL).
Like PA, once you get the hang of it, it will become routine. My son's triggers are viruses and seasonal allergies, and on rare occasions cold-induced when he is also exercising - like running or biking on a cold day. In between these things, he's really fine. He takes Singulair during the spring, and that really helps.
What meds is your DD on?
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Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 12:08am
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

O.K. now I've had some sleep.
When your child is younger it is just harder. As she grows she will be better able to tell you when she is having problems. I hated not knowing until you saw or heard. You are obviously a mom who is willing to observe to make sure your child is safe. I don't know if you ever outgrow that, but I know my DD is starting to. This last visit at the Doc she was able to tell him how she feels. We even adjusted one of her meds based on her saying she felt 'jittery'. Twice she has come to me before I saw a hive to ask for benedryl and last night she asked for the breather to help her chest. These kids just get a strength that other kids do not have. Your child will start taking pills instead of holding them down for liquid, they will want the inhaler because they know it helps them. It may come slow-but it does come. I also notice a kindness when she is around other people who are sick. Currently, she is helping our elderly neighbor (in her 6 year old way) and plays with a 20+ year old neighbor who is mentally challenged (probably mentally age 6-8). She just accepts them for being who they are.
I still worry (always will), but you reminded me of how hard it used to be. THANK YOU! and I'm SO sorry your baby feels bad and I'm even more sorry she has asthma. I can't wait until they cure all of this!
GOOD JOB on your first asthma night!

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 2:00am
Samber's picture
Joined: 06/22/2006 - 09:00

Thank you all so much. It is hard to learn when to use the nebulizer. She gets a cough but no real wheezing, but the nebulizer helps, but she coughs during it. I guess it's so hard because I don't quite get it.
Any advice is welcome


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