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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:07 am 
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What a scary weekend. Our little guy seemed to be warm and out of sorts but we attributed it to teething. His night time asthma cough came back Sat. night but that seemed to be the worst of it. Last time he was teething his cough came back also so it didn't worry us.
Sunday afternoon he went from a little sick to a fever of 104.1 and he was making the worst sound ever when he breathed. We rushed him to Children's and they took him from me as soon as I went in. His oxygen was low and he was having even more difficulty breathing by this point. It took hours of masks on and off to get his breathing under control and satisfactory l flow back into one of his lungs. They said he had an ear infection also which he had shown no symptoms of which we assume triggered the asthma. Our dr. saw him yesterday and said one of his lungs still sounds slow (again all new to us). After a second visit to the ER yesterday he is doing better but not good yet.
Aside from the infant night time asthma cough this was our first time dealing with full blown asthma. Our allergist didn't even think he'd get to this point until he was 5 or 6 or maybe never. I didn't know we should have used the epipen for asthma, NOW I do!!!
We are all very scared and tired and I have a few dozen more gray hairs.
.....just venting....chocolate anyone!!!

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:17 am 
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BC2007, I'm so sorry to hear about your little guy. How frightening for all of you! I'm glad to hear he's feeling better than he was. I'm sure you are feeling completely drained by it all. Thank you for sharing your story so that we can all learn from it.

Julie

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15 yr old daughter: no health issues
12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:00 am 
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BC2007 - a big box of chocolates for you. That must have been scary stuff.

BTW, how old is your little guy?
Hope everyone's feeling a bit recovered by today.

Suggestion: When you get your appt. re the asthma, try also to get put in touch with an asthma educator. They're certified asthma professionals, who can answer a lot of questions. They're often attached to the hosps, and much easier to get into see than the specialists.

On a positive note - my niece developed asthma following pneumonia at 1. She's now 16 and a sturdy champion softball pitcher. She's just had to learn to take her meds., some adjusting in hay fever season. Asthma is manageable - and it's sure better to know!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:10 pm 
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Thank you both so much. Our son is just shy of 18 1/2 months. He has been coughing more and more the past few hours so I took him back the the dr. this morning. His fever is gone and his lungs are now clear but he is full of mucus. I have a humidifier going with a small heater in his room to create some humidity for him. He ate a few bite of applesauce last night, the first food since Sat. so I was thrilled.
Our allergist surprised us when he called us at home last night to check in on our son. It was very reassuring to talk to him in person as he took his time and answered all the questions we had. We were surprised by, yet greatly appreciated his call. He was as shocked as we were by the attack as our son was at his office most of the day Sat. doing oral challenges. He said when an infant develops asthma it can as with our son come on suddenly overnight. Up until Sunday our son only had the nighttime cough which ventolin and flovent seemed to control.
Thanks for the advise regarding an asthma educator. I think that is a very wise idea. Once we get this bout under control I have been told it is very important to take preventive measures and follow an action plan. So much more for my brain to absorb but a mama does what a mama needs to!

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:01 pm 
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Wow, it sounds like you have a great allergist! :)

I hope your little one is doing better now.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:55 pm 
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Ah, poor little fellow. Yay for applesauce.
Hope everyone gets to breathe easier over the weekend.

I'm with Susan when I say - wow, an allergist housecall.
Impressive.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:38 pm 
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Do you ever wonder if someone is playing an evil trick on you to see how much you can take?
Today my son had a check up at the doctors. When we arrived we went right into a room so we didn't even sit down in the waiting room. Our dr.'s office is newly renovated and has fabric covered bench seating in each examining room. I put my son beside me just long enough to put his health card away....of course he touched the seat and then his face. In a matter of a minute his tummy, back, neck, chin, ears were all covered in a red rash and hives. I got the dr. asap and we gave him benadryl which thank god worked. I'd hate to have him receive epinephrine after he's had such a hard week. We assume that someone must have eaten a snack while waiting for the doctor, presumably peanut butter or something oily enough to leave trace on the seat.
He's fine but I think I just lost my mind!!!!

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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