My son, aged 10 had a severe acute episode a few weeks ago that was unresponsive to aggressive treatment for over a week in our local hospital. His condition deteriorated rapidly and a retrieval team was sent from St Thomas and he was taken to their PICu where he was intubated, ventilated, had a bronchoscopy and was given the drug Dnase directly into his lungs. He thankfully turned the corner after 3 days in PICU.
His asthma started at three months old when he would have laboured breathing every month with what appeared to be a cold. He had two bouts of pneumonia when he was 3 and was then put on inhaled steroids. He was on flixotide until he was 7 and since then had not had any symptoms or treatment. So this episode was a huge shock.
Has anyone had a similar experience? We are so grateful that he survived. He loves his sports and is due to start secondary school in September and I am concerned if he will return to his previous level of fitness. Is there any guidance on exercise programs for children,or anything else I should be doing to help his recovery?