We did a trip to the Children’s Westmead Hospital in the wee hours on a Monday few weeks ago. It all started with Isaac having a cold and cough for about a week or so and it wasn’t getting any better. He was unsettled one night despite taking ibuprofen before bedtime. He woke up literally every 10-20 mins feeling distressed. Then he complained about abdominal pain. We didn’t know what was wrong so at 2am-ish, I told hub that we need to take him to the hospital and we did.
Lucky us, there were NO queue when we arrival. So upon registration, we went into the ward straight away to get checked. The doctor said he was coughing too hard and because of that, his lungs had to work extremely hard for the oxygen which resulted an abdominal pain. He was administered with steroid to open up his lungs (otherwise it will cause inflammation) followed up 12 puffs of ventolin (reliever).
He has been prescribed with intal forte (preventer) when the doctor suspects that he’s got onset of asthma few weeks before that. Because he was having difficulties in breathing, doctor said he needs steroid and the reliever and said he has got asthma. What? Asthma?!!
We thought it was going to be a quick one and we could still go to work and send him back to school on Monday morning. Well, no. We didn’t get back home until 13 hours later! We are not allowed to discharge until he gets a 3 hours clearance. That means puffing every 3 hours instead of 2. The whole time was just observing and making sure that he hits the 3 hours mark.
We were desperate to get home. Hub and I were exhausted due to lack of sleep. Isaac slowly feeling bored because he was confined in a room with just a small TV.
This is him in the private room.
We continue to give him steroid, intal forte and ventolin until Wednesday and saw his GP for a review on Saturday. GP was quite happy with his condition and ask us to continue with the puffer.
Oh well, why puff when he doesn’t needs it? We were told that his asthma will strike during winter time. Fingers crossed!