Category Archives: asthma

Pneumonia

Sam has had 2 sinus infections this winter already.  Did a course of amoxicillin from the pediatrician’s office and then went to the ENT as we had the same problem last winter.  He put him on a 2 week course of omnicef.  Well, his nose is much better but he continued with a nasty congested cough the whole time.  Really?  While on an antibiotic for respiratory issues?  So, off to the pediatrician we go…………

And he has pneumonia.  Uggh!  Now on his 3rd antibiotic in about 5 weeks.  Not my favorite thing.  But hopefully this one will finally get him better.  If not, we go back for inhaled steroids for the rest of the winter and possibly singulair for a diagnosis of cough-variant asthma.  I have it so we’ll see where we end up in a week………..

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Bronchitis Now….uggh!

Poor poor Ben!

First the cold, then the asthma diagnosis, then the seasonal flu and now bronchitis.  Can it just stop already????

He had a dry hacking cough when he had the flu but it changed to this wet productive yucky cough.  He then started complaining that when he coughed stuff was coming up from his lungs.  Off to the pediatrician we went.  Sure enough….wheezing and junky lungs.  Pedi said he had a secondary bronchitis from having the flu.  Breathing treatments and z-pack, recheck in 2 weeks.

G I V E      H I M    A    B R E A K!!!!!!!


Finally feeling better

Poor Ben just got the asthma diagnosis after having a cold and coughing and coughing and coughing after it.  Then the poor thing got the flu.  The seasonal version, not the piggie (swine or H1N1) version.  His highest temp was 101 not super high like with the H1N1 version and he was able to have periods of being up and around not stuck in bed for 4-5 days like those that I know that had swine.

But at the same time it kicked his butt much more than a cold will.  It was easy to compare this to a cold since he was just getting over one a few weeks ago.  He ended up missing 2 days of school this past week along with the day of no school for Veteran’s Day.  Poor guy.  But finally he’s feeling better.  Hopefully he will catch a break now.  He’s my one that really doesn’t get that sick often so keeping my fingers crossed for him.


Cough-varient asthma

Benjamin was just diagnosed with this this evening.  It is the form of asthma that I have so I’m not too surprised.  I saw signs of it in him last winter too but this year it’s worse and it’s not even winter yet.  Uggh!
He is getting over a cold and just coughs and coughs.  A l l   d a y   l o n g.  But it’s at its worst when he is trying to do anything exertional.  He plays soccer (though the season is over now) and at both his last practice and last game he had to stop and rest because he had to catch his breath and get control of the coughing.  It’s so hard to watch especially since I know what it feels like.
The pediatrician put him on singulair to try and prevent any further episodes.  He said it will take up to 2 weeks to really make a difference.  If that doesn’t work then he will start on an inhaled steroid.  Hopefully we can get it under control before basketball startes at the end of the month.

Colds, allergies and asthma….part 2

We are back from the pediatrician with Samuel.  We ended up having to go early and somewhat urgently.  I gave him a breathing treatment at 12:45 that he asked for.  He had asked for the one 4 hours previously too.  That one had worked well though.  At the end of the lunchtime one he said “I don’t feel better” and when I asked if he needed to go to the doctor early he said “No, I feel a little better.”  So I put him down for a little rest time.

Not even 5 min later he was up calling for me.  I went up there and he couldn’t finish a sentence but managed to get out that he needed “another treatment”.  At this point I noticed that he was breathing pretty fast too.  Called the pediatrician’s office and they said to bring him right down.

His O2 sat was good there and he was improved enough to speak in full sentences but he was still breathing pretty fast.  The doc (luckily same one as saw him on Sat) said his lungs went from slightly wheezy to VERY wheezy and quite junky.  Now my poor little guy has bronchitis along with this episode of viral induced asthma 😦  We are to continue his breathing treatments and have added an antibiotic and steroid.  He expects in about 24 hours we should notice a huge difference.  And he wants to recheck him on Friday.

Guess I should restart Jennifer on her singulair tonight before she heads down this road too!!