Ben had another asthma attack this week, his second attack this fall, but this time we could not control it with albuterol at home. He was in obvious distress. When your toddler cannot walk, talk or eat because they cannot breathe, it is just awful and alarming. The poor guy needed a steroid shot and needed it badly. We went into the doctor’s office, and he was put on an oxygen tank while he was given another breathing treatment as well as a steroid shot.
Thankfully, he responded to the nebulizer, and his oxygen levels came up to 92%, which is still low, but borderline to be required to go to the ER. It takes a few hours for the steroid shot to kick in. Because breathing issues can go downhill quickly, waiting in the ER when O2 levels are low is required. We’ve done this with Ben before, and while it was necessary, it was a miserable experience for him. However, this time we were able to wait it out at home because his levels came up a bit.
I am so thankful we did not need to go to the ER. His steroid shot took effect in a few hours and he is doing much better now. The same day, one of my dear friend’s daughter had to be hospitalized. We joke all the time that our two little ones are going to get married. Her daughter is about the same age (newly two years old) as Ben, and Ben had just sent her a little package a few days earlier. Perhaps we are bias, but my friend and I both think they would have the cutest little kids together.
She’s been at Children’s Hospital now for 4 days. Her fever has actually been super high for 8 days now. Ben’s ordeal is over, but hers is continuing. Please keep Ben’s little girlfriend in your prayers. She’s the sweetest thing in the world. She was diagnosed with Kawasaki’s disease and has started treatment but is still very sick.