As I mentioned, we had taken Joshua to see an Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist to check out his adenoids. The doctor ordered an x-ray and it showed that Joshua’s adenoids were actually okay and “insignificant” in size. The doctor recommended trying Flonase for Joshua’s nasal congestion, so he’s been on that for a couple weeks now and I’ve noticed a big difference.
Our next step is to bring him to an allergist.
In the meantime, Joshua’s asthma-like symptoms flared up again two weeks ago. (He hasn’t been diagnosed with asthma because he’s only 2.) He spent a day in the hospital due to wheezing, rapid, labored breathing. With some oral steroids and respiratory treatments, he recovered quickly and was fine. I spoke with our doctor about getting an in-home nebulizer system in case this happens again.
The home health supply company delivered the nebulizer a few days ago on Thursday and showed me how to use it. It’s small, portable (it even comes with an adapter for use in the car) and easy to use. I’m so thankful it arrived when it did because the very next morning – Friday – Joshua woke up wheezing.
The weather around here has been crazy. A week ago, we had frost and a low temperature of about 35 degrees at night and a high of 55 during the day. Then the past couple of days has been 75/80 degrees and super humid. Ugh!
On Thursday night, Joshua started coming down with a cold. Combine that with the humidity and he began wheezing on Friday morning. Now we had the inhaler, but we did not yet have any meds. A quick call into the doctor fixed that and I packed everyone up (even though it’s just 5 minutes away, it always seems an ordeal to get everyone out and buckled in the car and then later, back in the house. If you have little ones, you know what I’m talking about!) and we went to the pharmacy.
Joshua responded well to his first treatment with the nebulizer. Of course, he didn’t like it and kicked and screamed for the first 5 minutes, but he settled down for the last half. And it worked and he stopped wheezing.
But 2 hours later, he was wheezing again. And it was worse. I called our doctor and left a message. I wanted to give him another treatment but no one had given me specific instructions if it was safe to do it sooner than the prescribed every 4 hours. I called again. Nothing. After not getting through to anyone for 45 minutes, I started to get scared and called the pharmacist. Thankfully, she was able to assure me that it was ok to do another treatment but if he needed it again, after two hours, I would need to take him to the ER if we couldn’t get ahold of the doctor.
We did the second treatment and that helped. In the meantime, my doctor finally got back to me and she called in a prescription for the oral steroids (we may as well do it at home if we can.) The steroids take time to work, but Joshua was ok. We didn’t need to do another breathing treatment until the 4 hour mark and he’s been fine with only occasional treatments yesterday and only once today.
I’m bringing him to see our doctor tomorrow because I need to have a plan so I’m not left stressing and unsure of what to do like I did Friday. The good thing is we successfully managed his “episode” at home and Joshua is fine. So I feel much more confident knowing we were able to avoid the hospital. Still, I need to know what I can and cannot do, so we will address that tomorrow.
The other good thing is this seems to only affect Joshua this time of year and only when he has a cold. And this year was not as bad as a year ago when he was in the hospital for 2 nights. I am hopeful he will outgrow this.