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.