going camping??!!

Well, we decided to give camping a go! Went and bought a tent and all the other bits needed. Booked a site for this weekend.

Anyway I was told by someone a few days ago that I was selfish taking an Asthmatic child camping. :(

I was so upset! Firstly, I wouldn't do anything at all to put my little girl in danger, secondly, we live with guilt every day due to her having this dreadful condition at such a young age and thirdly, we try and keep as much normality for our other 2 children as is at all possible!!

Anyway, we took a trip to the park this morning, then out to lunch with friends and as we sat for lunch, we literally watched Maddies face swell up and go puffy and her eyes develop purple rings round them!

I've given her usual antihistamine etc. But now I feel worried, guilty and scared about the weekend.

Have I been selfish booking a trip for my family? I'm now worried ses going to have an attack while away as her face changes a few days before an attack. We're only going an hour away, but its still 'away'!!

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  • hey!

    What a horrible thing to have said to you! of course it's not true. Just ensure you give her her daily anti hisimine while your away, do you have an action plan for your daughter? maybe you could go up a step on it as a preventative step, as you said your not going far, so any problems you can go home!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend - and sorry if this message is to slow!

    ally

  • Thank you so much for your reply.Well, we've just come home and Maddie was just fine! We were so pleased to see her enjoying herself. She managed to run and play like she never normally does. She was smiling and somehow seemed 'free' if that makes sense!We've attributed all of this to staying in a site on the top of a coastal hill with a brisk air coming right off the sea. It was so clear and fresh!The only time she struggled was last night when she coughed and wheezed in the night. The tent was dry and airless so we guess that's why!All in all, a success and something we wouldn't hesitate to do again v soon.Thanks once again,Emily. X

  • Thank you so much for your reply.Well, we've just come home and Maddie was just fine! We were so pleased to see her enjoying herself. She managed to run and play like she never normally does. She was smiling and somehow seemed 'free' if that makes sense!We've attributed all of this to staying in a site on the top of a coastal hill with a brisk air coming right off the sea. It was so clear and fresh!The only time she struggled was last night when she coughed and wheezed in the night. The tent was dry and airless so we guess that's why!All in all, a success and something we wouldn't hesitate to do again v soon.Thanks once again,Emily. X

  • Hi -im glad you first venture into camping as a family has gone well, we have camped many times and all my kids love it and my daughter rarely has problems with her chest, sadly i havent been able camp this year as my chest has been too bad but if things imnprove we will be back under canvas for sure.

    A site near the coast we have found is better as the air quality generally is better we love Dorset.

  • Sorry you've had a bad time with your chest.

    I was brought up in Dorset and now live in Cornwall so plenty of sea air! Maddies consultant has told us it does benefit Asthmatics. We certainly have noticed it does.

  • Glad you had a great time, a change of scene can do wonders for health.Some people can be so thoughtless with comments, best to ignore them.My boys do loads of camping, they are both going with scouts next week, I'm worried but know they'll love it x

  • You're right, people can be soooo hurtful with their comments. This particular comment happened to be from a close relative too which really did hurt. I thought relatives should be there for one another but sometimes it feels like their waiting for me to fall!! Especially when it comes to my little girl. :(

    I feel so guilty that she's soo poorly, yet completely helpless. It upsets me that some people are ignorant to the depths of pain us parents face when watching our little ones suffer. I'd do anything for our family to be free of Asthma and live without fear.

    Thank you so much for your replies

    Emily. X

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