I have another asthma question for those whose Blossoms deal with it. Rache is in the middle of a pretty bad attack. It came on suddenly, we started treating it as usual, but it got no better during the night, so we took him to the pedi this morning.
He was retracting pretty badly -- the worst I've seen since he was diagnosed. His oxygen level was 90, and his respiration rate was 44. So, not good, but not freak-out mode, IMO. His spirits were good, which is unusual for him. He's dramatic when sick. They have him 2 back-to-back treatments, and he improved a bit -- 93-94 for oxygen, 40 for respiratory.
The pedi, though, basically wanted to admit him to the hospital for 48 hours for IV steroids. This seemed a bit over-the-top to me. Would your pedi do the same? How quickly do they talk hospital? He's been in the hospital once, when he had his first episode. I talked her out of it, saying it was too much money, and I thought unnecessary. So, as a compromise, he's getting steroid shots, followed by oral steroids. He's had one, and we go back at 2:30 today for the second. It was incredibly painful for him --- he was gritting his teeth and clenching his jaw. Awful and sad. I'm dreading going back. Anyone else have experience with these? Why would the pedi recommend the hospital over two shots?
Also, the pedi wants to up his medicine -- doubling his pulmicort. And adding singulair. Again, this seems excessive. I'm worried about over-medicating, esp with steroids. And adding something else. This is only the second 'big' episode he's had in a year, so it seems to me his asthma is more or less under control. But the pedi basically said, 'no, we need something new.' I'm just not sure what to think. I do think it's time to see a specialist, as we haven't up to now.
I basically feel like my head is spinning! I'm not sure what to think, feeling like the pedi is over-reacting, but not wanting to take chances with asthma. Thanks so much for letting me vent, and for any advice!