My son was born with asthma dn it took him spending most of his first 18 months of life in hospital for us to be given a diagnoses of asthma. He is 8 in 6 days time and at the moment we are on our 3rd month of seretide which took us over a year to get as my GP was being very funny about changing and adding another inhaler because he hasn't seen my osn have an asthma attack for quite a while. Well we ar egoing back to the doctors again with a bad episode of the asthma dn I don't know how much my poor boy can take. He is at present taking 400mg Salbutamol, 200mg Becotide and 50mg Sevent which is double his prescibed dose due to the way his asthma has been. I thought he might of been coming down with a virus which is why he is on double doses at the moment but other than complaining about ear-ache last ngiht doesn't have any virus. His asthma has go that bad that I wrote a letter to school this morning informing them that until further notice my son IS NOT to do P.E or any other pysical activity as it is asperating his asthma more and we need ot get it back under control again. The doctors plan was to take the servent away fro mhim thsi month but I am certain this is going ot be a bad idea. He is wakin gin the night and requireing his inhaler in the night, is having to use his blue inhaler 5-7 times dueing the day even if all he is doing is sitting down which is not him at all but that is all he has the energy to do at the moment. I have been battling with my GP since he wa sbaby to get him refered to a respirtapry specialist as I strongly feel this is the best option fo rhim instead of me taking up half an hour every 4 weeks witht he practice nurse and taking up half an hour at least another 1-2 times in those 4 weeks with the doctor because of how buddies asthma is. I have also been trying to get permissiomn to buy a nebuliser instead of me having ot take him to the hospital or doctors at least once a week to be nebulisered. School are being OK with the asthma dn his class teacher is amazing. Everyday she asks how he has been over-ngith and weither there are any changers to the asthma plan for today. Do you think I should findout if I can do a self referal to the respiratory specialist or just continue the battle with the GP. My son is embarred that he asthma to the point where he know has developed a fear of having to ask for his inhalers in school. He is not the only child in his class with asthma but he is the only one who is having ot use his treatment a lot. I personally feel almost 8 years of suffering is long enough and something needs to be done so that he can start having a happy, normal child-hood. He only has 1 firends house I can allow him ot go to and that is only because the parent of the friend used to be a nurse and her daughter who is oin my son's class is also asthmatic so knows what to do and what to look out for.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to getting to know other parents that in the same boat or that have children with asthma