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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Horton helps Asthma

My kid has asthma.

Well that’s what we’re currently treating him for.

Let me back up.

The kid will be 3 in September. 2 years ago we found out he had a peanut allergy after he ate a peanut butter cookie and started coughing, choking and puking. Blood test confirmed: Severe peanut allergy. At the age of 1. Grand. And like the good lil parents we are, since then we’ve avoided all nuts, carry epi-pens, benedryl…all the fun stuff.

For most of his life, though, he’s had coughing attacks at night. Some are severe and lead to wheezing, some just annoying and go away with water. Since the peanut allergy was discussed only with our pediatrician, we finally decided to see a specialist. The appointment was yesterday. We thought the coughing, etc. was allergies to who knows what but it turns out it’s most likely asthma.

Which means we get to nebulize him every night for 2 weeks.

With 2 meds.

Which takes approximately 23 minutes to complete.

Have I mentioned this is the perpetual motion kid? The one who rarely watches t.v. (except for Deadliest Catch)? The one who isn’t a snuggler? Well. Yes. This kid sat in his chair with the neb mask on for 23 minutes. I took pictures to show him how he looked. I told him how brave he was. His big brother held his hand. Yep. He did it. And we get to do it for 13 more nights – 2 of which we’ll be away from him so my mother-in-law will get to do it. That should be fun to hear about.

Sidenote – this is the mask we were given. The Fishy Mask. And it’s sorta cute, but when you put the apparatus thingy in the blow hole, it looks like an elephant and so we called it Horton.


I really want to get this one, though, because it just looks way more Bad Ass. The DragonAter.


Getting back to the peanut allergy thing…they wanted to draw blood to test his levels after 2 years of avoiding – and then test all sorts of other things like other nuts, pollen, feathers, dust…which required 6 vials of blood. SIX. He’s 30 lbs. Kid is a tough little fucker, though, and only cried for a sec when they poked him, but then was totally digging all the blood flowing out of him.

Any advice from asthmatics welcome. Or just parents of kids who are perpetually in motion. Because how do you entertain those little monsters?

Anyawy. That was my Monday. Well, that and chilling poolside with my Big Kiss. Because we rock like that. And getting waxed. Not by Big Kiss. But by Hood Momma. Because she rocks like that.

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14 Comments:

Blogger alicia said...

My kid gets allergy induced asthma in the winter months too. We've done the nebulizers. I think the singulair is helping some. NO fun!! And I have no advice. Sorry.

6/15/10, 12:23 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

We only have one experience with the nebulizer- two weeks of treatments for my middle son back when he was 1.5. It was horrid. It took both dh and I to hold him- and we had to do treatments 2x day.

No cool Horton mask, though.

6/15/10, 12:47 PM  
Blogger tulpen said...

We have the same fishy mask for our neb machine.

I grew up asthmatic, coughing and wheezing after any exertion. I had an inhaler that made me feel worse, so I just dealt with it. Still sort of do, though I rarely exert myself...

I'm no help at all I know.

6/15/10, 1:15 PM  
Blogger Bag Lady said...

We gots the same fish mask. We find an episode of Yogaba or Thomas is 21 minutes long--just about enough time to finish a neb. The ONLY time he watches those is when he has to neb, so it's a serious treat. It sucks, so hard. Usually one of us sits with him, and his blanket, too.

Seriously keeping my fingers crossed about the peanut numbers. Oh, to not have to carry an epi pen around. My own little dream!

6/15/10, 1:29 PM  
Blogger Moooooog35 said...

I felt really sympathetic and was all set for a schmoopy comment and then you threw in the 'getting waxed' thing there and WILL YOU FOCUS ON ONE TOPIC WOMAN.

I'm all over the place, now.

Way to go.

6/15/10, 2:06 PM  
Blogger Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

We have the fishy mask too (for our nebulizer) - I guess it's pretty darned popular!

It's so cloudy here in Wisconsin there is no chillin' by the poolside...just chillin outside...literally!

6/15/10, 3:58 PM  
Blogger The Urban Cowboy said...

I'm no help on this(feeling useless)...but for some strange reason, I've got wax on the brain. Go figure.

6/15/10, 7:29 PM  
Blogger hotpants™ said...

Back when I was the SITS featured blogger, I bookmarked a few blogs to check out later. It's been over a month, but I‘m back. You have a new follower. :)

6/15/10, 9:16 PM  
Blogger JenJen said...

hi dammit!
So....thinking no peanuts?
If so? Stock up on the Reeses it's a party y'all!!
xo
YIB

6/15/10, 9:20 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Wow, the asthma and allergy is an ugly combo. I hope you can score that wicked mask - that is awesome!

6/16/10, 8:04 PM  
Anonymous MommyNaniBooboo said...

Oh I have no advice, or helpful tricks for you.
I do, however agree with you about the dragonator mask. I think the whole family should get one and wear them to an amusement park- you know, like matching shirts.

6/16/10, 9:48 PM  
Blogger Mason's Mommy said...

I'm a Food Allergy Mom and crusader against asthma as well. This year has been the toughest for us with seasonal allergies & asthma - myself included. We don't yet have the joys of a neb, but do treat once every night with a spacer. DC calls it his airplane mask - loves all things that go.
Hints to keep him still? Make that 23 min Play-dough time? Color book time? Magna-doodle time? It's rough with a young mover & shaker, but the longer he has to do it, the easier it will get & the better he will understand it helps the coughing go away & allows him to move & shake to his hearts content.

6/18/10, 12:16 AM  
Blogger Val said...

Let me check and see if we have the dragon mask at work still. If so, I may have to *ahem* borrow one and ship it to you...

Poor dude. But he's a toughie - so he can handle it.

6/19/10, 1:05 AM  
Blogger Tony Smith said...

It would do well for everyone to check the allergy and asthma alerts of their areas as provided by different websites like aafter.com. This way, one can take effective measures beforehand.

6/22/10, 3:59 AM  

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