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Can we start a new asthma support thread now dreaded winter season is looming?

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Knackeredmother Wed 21-Sep-11 09:26:41

I can't seem to find the old support thread. I lurked on it during many long, lonely and frightening nights and admissions with ds over the past year and a half.
My ds is 21 months now, was hospitalized at 8 weeks severe bronchiolitis (really thought he would die) then every 3-4 weeks since whenever he gets a cold. No symptoms in between colds but a wet, crackly chest with some wheeze with every cold. Plus of course the dreaded tracheal tug and sternal recession that heralds an admission.
It is all so bloody draining and heartbreaking!
We are just starting with a new bout today after a whole 8 weeks of being well. I am debating whether to call in sick for my nightshift tonight or leave poor hubby with an inevitable hospital admission AND our 4 year old!
Anyway, would be good to hear from others going through similar so we can all support each other ( or direct me to the original support thread!)

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:22:47

working link this time!

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:20:01

As this thread is rapidly nearing the 1000 post marks new thread

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:05:30

I know our hospital have started using 10 puffs of ventolin instead of Nebs unless things get really bad. He has been on 10 puffs an hour before now.

lollipoppi Wed 26-Dec-12 14:02:21

Thank you, I don't really know what their plan is but he has been on 10 puffs every 2 hours since he arrived at 7am this morn, his stats are at 90/91, normally by now they would have given him a neb?? His breathing at the mo is 67 breaths per min and he only had his last lot of inhalers at 1.30 confused

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 13:35:30

Oh no Lolli hope he is better soon

lollipoppi Wed 26-Dec-12 13:15:12

Happy Xmas everybody!
DS started with a cough yday and after a very long night he is now in hosp sad they have admitted him and he is having a sleep at the mo but his breathing is just terrible sad xxx

alibobins Wed 26-Dec-12 08:50:01

Ds2 had an okay day he didn't eat much but really enjoyed opening his presents smile he was breathless all day and at one point I nearly put him on ds1 neb but we managed with 10 puffs 4 hourly.

Cedmonds and sirzy glad you had a hood day too. We brought ds2 the innotab so that helped too x

Sirzy Tue 25-Dec-12 22:07:05

Glad he has had a good day.

DS has been ok to, found his new leappad very handy when he was getting breathless - finally a way to keep him still!

cedmonds Tue 25-Dec-12 22:05:37

Hope everyone had a hospital/OOH free Christmas. Ds has beeen on good form today.Coughing away but happy and holding on ventolin. Even went out on his new bike so not that bad.

cedmonds Mon 24-Dec-12 21:41:21

Merry Christmas.

Arachnophobe Mon 24-Dec-12 21:40:45

Good night and good health to our LO's - let's hope they all pick up soon and fingers crossed for nothing worsening. Merry Christmas Eve to you all. xx

Sirzy Mon 24-Dec-12 21:05:14

He isn't too bad this evening.

It's normally boxing day we end up in, Hopefully not this year!

alibobins Mon 24-Dec-12 18:51:22

He's got an upper respiratory infection hopefully once the meds kick in he will be okay hmm I've not known a Christmas where we haven't spent the say or days after on hospital.
Sirzy how's your ds? X

Sirzy Mon 24-Dec-12 15:36:37

How did you get on at the doctors?

alibobins Mon 24-Dec-12 13:25:15

Oh sirzy really hope you don't end up in hmm ds2 has an appointment at 2.30 he's so quiet and not really himself x
Hope everyone still manages to have a super Christmas x x

Sirzy Mon 24-Dec-12 10:05:23

To many poorly little ones!!

Ds woke up twice in the night asking for his inhaler, and he needed it to. Keeping him on 5 puffs 4 hourly now to try to get us through the next couple of days without any hospital trips. Not overly hopeful though and have set one present to one side for my mum to grab just incase Santa needs to make a diversion!

alibobins Mon 24-Dec-12 07:34:59

Ds2 is still coughing away like a 50 a day smoker sad he is not wheezing at the mo but starting with a temp think I am going to give the ooh a call to see if we can get some more antibiotics to cover us for Christmas.

Arachnophobe Sun 23-Dec-12 21:47:44

Has DS2 settled Ali? My LO is wheezing and crackling but happy and not struggling at the moment. I hope we all have a good night.

alibobins Sun 23-Dec-12 19:43:23

Bloody ds2 has been off it all day I put him to bed at 7 and he's done nothing but cough sad
Arach how's is your litte one doing now? Ds1 always needs at least 5 days of pred to sort him out
Lolli bet it's nice being home for christmas x

lollipoppi Sun 23-Dec-12 19:18:19

Hi all,
Just caught up on the thread, just moved back into our house after an extension so glad to be home for Xmas!
DS has been ok recently he hasn't needed ventolin for a good few weeks now,
Sirzy, DS is on seritide 50, 4 puffs a day, he has only just turned 2 so think that's why he is on a lower dose
Ps ... have a wine for me too please (due dc2 in 4 weeks)!!!
Hope we all have a healthy Christmas xxx

Sirzy Sun 23-Dec-12 16:29:21

I will have a wine for you just as soon as DS is in bed. Only 2 hours to go thankfully, I don't know where he gets his energy from especially when poorly!

Arachnophobe Sun 23-Dec-12 16:21:23

Thank you I will do.
DS1 ended up on pred and ventalin each time he had a cold following bronchiolitis at same age and had a couple of admissions. We were very fortunate that it stopped when he got to about four years. I had blocked out how horrible it is to see your Child struggling like that.
I must get a grip and keep fake grin-ing. I was so excited for Baby DS first Christmas (and DS1's 10th and DS2's 7th) and am lucky that all relatively calm and OK at this precise moment but I just can't shake that feeling of dread off.
Time for a brew as wine not an option.

Sirzy Sun 23-Dec-12 15:48:54

If still struggling then go back and they will give another course of pred if needed. 3 days is the standard course and generally that works but sometimes more is needed.

Arachnophobe Sun 23-Dec-12 15:41:43

Hello. 8mo DS3 has been wheezy for a month on and off along with infection and spiking temp. He's on third course of anti-biotics and had been having 2 puffs as needed of Ventalin (same GP 4 times this month also prescribed pred on Friday but told me to take him to a&e if the breathing did not improve which it did not).
At a&e Doctor upped to 10 puffs a go and white pump. Chest x-ray was clear and they advised He might be 'pre-asthma' too early to diagnose.
He has been having four pred daily and 10 puffs when has laboured breathing but steroids are now finished they would not give any more. I wish you and your DCs a healthy xmas.

Sirzy Sat 22-Dec-12 18:41:37

Well his chest is improving but his voice is sounding very croaky now

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