Thursday, February 2, 2012

We've Got a Two Year Old Wheezer*

So in the last three days we have had a lot of medical updates for little man. . . . we have new hearing results. . .  we have an official allergy diagnosis (tree nuts) and we have newly diagnosed asthma (which we have suspected for a while)
Food allergies, eczema and asthma-- we are officially the trifecta of the atopic child:  

Kids who get eczema often have family members with hay fever,asthma, or other allergies. Some experts think these kids may be genetically predisposed to get eczema, which means characteristics have been passed on from parents through genes that make a child more likely to get it.

About half of the kids who get eczema will also someday develop hay fever or asthma themselves. Eczema is not an allergy itself, but allergies can trigger eczema. Some environmental factors (such as excessive heat or emotional stress) can also trigger the condition.

Poor guy has a wicked family history of these things-- on both sides.  I am asthmatic, he has uncles on both sides with asthma or eczema and cousins all over the place with the same issues.  Not totally surprising results.
Matthew and I were reminiscing, if you will, last night during the waiting.  We have spent a lot of time with doctors appointments over the last two years. I am not sure what it would be if we averaged it out, but it is at least two-three trips per month**.  A lot had to do with our early CMV diagnosis and the treatment course that we took which required weekly check ins and lab work for four months and then the ear tune-ups and maintenance. . . .  but still. . . it's not as if we are just scheduling well child checks. 
That said, we have friends who have faced serious medical complications with their children and every time we head into an appointment I think of them and the challenges they go through for their children.    
I am also reminded of the power of community.  I put a note on FB yesterday and was sent a note from a friend asking how the week was going and if she could do anything.  Man oh man, I have awesome friends. . . and awesome friends who care deeply for my child.  That is the best feeling in the world and one that I really hope that I can re-pay to folks when they are in crummy situations.
Sincerely though, we are doing well.  We didn't get any cleaning done last night but that was the only real downside of our night out.  We had a fun little adventure to the hospital, ate some animal crackers, drank some juice etc.  It is our third trip in so many months so I am hoping with the exception of the baby due in three weeks that we can avoid the place for a while after that. 
Since the wheezing isn't entirely new, we had already scheduled a visit with our primary for Friday for James to get a prescription for albuterol.  So hopefully we will be better prepared to handle it at home going forward! 

*Quote by the triage nurse upon our arrival at the ER.  Methodist is a pretty decent place-- we have always been able to get in within minutes of arrival-- and yesterday they had him on nebs within 5 minutes of us getting there.  Nice!   (They also have awesome stickers, balloons, crayons. . . .and a tv with a basketball station)

**Three this week alone!

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