Prayer and Perspective

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.

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Breathing in albuterol + O2

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O2 tank

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.

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7 Responses to Prayer and Perspective

  1. Valerie says:

    I am so sorry he was sick, and his sweet girlfriend is in my prayers. ❤
    We have had asthma issues with both of our boys as well (always viral-induced) http://atlantamomofthree.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/its-not-asthma-yet/, and actually Samuel is sick right now, and woke up barking. He isn't wheezing, but the seal cough makes me wonder if he should have an oral steroid we have on hand. Am going to call the doctor later this morning (of course it's Sunday) 🙄

    • pokedpotato says:

      Oh man =( so sorry to hear. Yes, Ben has had asthma ever since he was a baby. Does Samuel have croup? When Luke had croup we used the inhaler/spacer on him & it worked wonderfully. I hope that you were able to get ahold of your doctor…these things always seem to happen for us on a Sunday too =( I hope Samuel feels better soon. So rough when the little kids can’t breathe – they sound awful & it is so scary.

      • Valerie says:

        Yes, a croup cough arrived this morning. Thankfully, he’s already been sick for 2 or 3 days with no breathing difficulty! The on-call doctor called me back a few minutes ago and said it was fine that he take Prednisolone (oral steroid). The only breathing treatment medicine we have is albuterol and he isn’t wheezing so it would be ineffective. Hopefully he responds with just a dose or two. 🙂

      • pokedpotato says:

        so glad to hear at least he isn’t wheezing. I hope the prednisolone helps. Ben is on that too right now. Good luck to Samuel!! Hope he feels better soon.

  2. ArborFam says:

    Sorry to hear about your little guy’s breathing problems. Max had some trouble when he was a kid too. Just the other day, he mentioned feeling a little distress while he was running around at baseball camp. It makes me sad every time he mentions being limited by his breathing. It makes me feel so powerless to help. I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

    • pokedpotato says:

      Thank you so much for the prayers!! All the prayers have been so helpful. Yes it is so hard as the parent when your little one can’t breathe & there is nothing you can do about it. I hope that Max does okay with the rest of his winter activities & breathing. What a scary thing. Will keep him in my thoughts & prayers too!!

    • pokedpotato says:

      Thank you so much for the prayers!! All the prayers have been so helpful. Yes it is so hard as the parent when your little one can’t breathe & there is nothing you can do about it. I hope that Max does okay with the rest of his winter activities & breathing. What a scary thing. Will keep him in my thoughts & prayers too!!

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