As you know, we've known Alana has had asthma for nearly 3 years now. The first 2 years were pretty rough and we had to keep upping her medication to get it under control. But she's been off her daily meds for a year now and has done awesome. Until Thursday night.
After dance class I drove across the street to the gas station to get gas. After I pumped and got back in the car Alana seemed a little panicked and was complaining that her throat didn't feel right. That something was happening. Before we could get on the road she started in this coughing fit that just wouldn't stop. Several minutes later she was still coughing so I pulled into the Longhorn parking lot right before I got on the interstate to go home. I got her out of the car to stand her up (I don't know why but I thought maybe she needed fresh air?) while I fumbled in my purse for her inhaler. Unfortunately I had taken it out and put it in a backpack last Friday when we went to Disney. All I had was Madi's inhaler that doesn't work as well for her. I gave her 2 puffs....nothing. Gave another puff...slight improvement. Called a friend who was a few minutes away at the dance studio and had her ask around for an Albuterol inhaler that she could bring to me. 2 puffs of that and a little more improvement. I debated going to the hospital which was about 10 minutes away but I hate our local ER. Seriously hate. After about an hour I felt she was stable enough that I could put her in the backseat and head home. She was very upset that she was dizzy and that her legs felt numb and her foot was cramping. Lack of oxygen maybe? I have no idea.
The only other time this has happened to her was also at a gas station. But that time I gave her the Albuterol and within 5 minutes she was fine. This was a long, drawn out event and scared us all to death!
After we got home and she relaxed she ate a full dinner and was laughing and playing. She felt fine the next day, went to school, dance, and even gym afterward. She seems absolutely fine today. I haven't talked to her Pulmonologist about it because his office is closed on Fridays.
Just a reminder that asthma doesn't go away and can hit out of nowhere when you least expect it. I seriously hate asthma.
The dizzyness could be from the lack of oxygen if she's having an asthma attack. That is one of the many symptoms Eli gets from lack of oxygen to his brain. So have you been at a gas station with her in the car before and nothing happened? Or were both times right after dance or lots of physical activity?
So sorry you all experienced this. I hope you make sure she learns to always have the inhaler nearby and knows how to use it.
I'd certainly stay far away from gas stations...if in fact that could be a trigger! The smell is awful for me. I know I could never have pumped gas for a summer job! Unfortunately, horses brought on asthma for me and I couldn't be near them. There isn't always time for a phone call and the more frightened I got, the worse the attack. I worked hard to learn to calm myself.
Children who did not take charge of their own health were a real nuisance for my DD when she was a hockey coach and a camp councilor. Their parents hovered - or the kids left their meds at home. They'd phone home for Mom to drive by with their stuff. NOT RESPONSIBLE OR SMART!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
My daughter is only 7 and I don't expect her to be responsible for her health at 7. She knows she has asthma, she knows what medication she takes, and she knows how to use her inhaler. I usually have her inhaler in my purse or in her dance bag but I just forgot to put it back in after our Disney trip. I think all parents make mistakes from time to time, and I really wouldn't say I was irresponsible or stupid for forgetting it at home.
Angela, she goes with me to the gas station nearly every week and has only experienced something like this one other time. The first time we had just left home but if I recall she did have a cold at the time. This time she had no symptoms of an illness.
I think the fact that she knows how to use her inhaler is great! That IS learning responsibilty.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Madison started using her inhaler when she was 2 and needed to use a spacer. We finally taught her how to use her inhaler without it when she turned 5 but she still needs us to press it for her. Hard to change habits I guess. Alana started using her inhaler around her 5th birthday and her doctor thought she'd do fine without the spacer. She learned very quickly how to do it by herself. I suppose I need to allow her to carry it with her in a purse so she can have it on her at church tomorrow. Even though she has been fine so far this weekend I'm very nervous that this could happen again.
I wonder if it is possible to have 2 inhalers, one for her, one for you...just in case.
I think it's a great idea to get her her own inhaler to carry in a purse. Would she be allowed to have it with her at school? Or would it have to stay in the nurse's office? I am sure she would want to have it on the bus, just in case (if she rides a bus). I'm glad she is okay. That sounds very scary. I don't blame you for hating asthma.
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