Samantha catches every virus that comes within a mile of her. We go through the same routine, she spikes a fever around 103, it goes away within 48 hours usually, if it lasts longer then that, we get her on antibiotics. Then she has a lingering cough. And the cough lingers and lingers. After a week of coughing, we take her back in and she has bronchitis. More antibiotics. She missed 8- 10 weeks of preschool last year from all the viruses she caught and she was sent home frequently for coughing. Her sisters get the same first cold, but rarely progress to the bronchitis.
We seemed to be heading down the same path this year. A couple Wednesdays ago she was home for the third time this year with a fever. On Wednesdays, I have a babysitter watch Ella and Penny so I can go to a writing class. When the babysitter saw Sammy, she said she sounded like she was wheezing. I wasn’t overly concerned, but I made an appointment with the pediatrician for after my writing class.
When I came home, the babysitter said Samantha seemed worse. She was lying on the couch, unable to sit up without feeling dizzy, and she was breathing really hard. She looked really bad to me so I took her in. I had to carry her into the doctor’s office because she didn’t have the energy to walk herself. She was both wheezing and had bronchitis. The doctor wasn’t sure if the bronchitis was causing the wheezing, or if she had asthma. We were sent home with a nebulizer for the weekend. The nebulizer really helped her breathe. She even started to ask for the treatments when she needed them. After a couple days, she was no longer wheezing.
About a week later, we were dancing around the family room and she started wheezing again. We went to urgent care and came home with our very own inhaler.
After talking with her doctor she is probably asthmatic. We are to use the inhaler twice a day when she has a cold to hopefully keep her from having bronchitis. We now have to figure out if it’s only mild and we can get by with just the rescue inhaler as needed, or if it’s more severe and we need to start steroids.
For about a week and a half after the second episode she needed the inhaler every day, but for the last few days, she’s seemed fine. She does complain about wheezing during PE at school (but not during recess), and last Friday she had to lay down in her classroom after PE because she wasn’t feeling well.
We’re taking it as it comes. Some days, I need to remind both of us to just breathe.
Do you have a child with asthma? Any advice for me? Do you spend a lot of time in urgent care?