don't really need advice just listening ears (although if you have advice that's great)! I am finding this whole asthma thing rather scary and very tiring. My almost 3 yr old was diganosed a few months ago and has had several attacks, one ambulance rush to hospital and is right now on his 3rd course of preds. In between time he's managed on two puffs of becotide twice a day and ventolin as and when he needs it. He tends to have problems when he gets a cold which is very often. He's also now on his second lot of anti-biotics in two months for chest infection. I can't get him 100% well and with two older kids he picks up everything. I think we are managing his attacks as well as possible but I worry that I am dealing with it too much on my own and perhaps one day I will leave it too late to get him to the hospital. Our nurse says nebulisers are not needed and ventolin inhaler is just as good in an attack therefore there's really no reason for us to get him into hospital. So when DO I get him in? After he's turned blue from not breathing and the ventolin has stopped working? The last two nights when he's had attacks (this time it's been constant coughing more than gasping & grunting for air) I have had him in the bathroom with hot shower running to create steam and have pumped in the ventolin every minute til his breathing was under control. Last night I felt close to calling 999 but then we managed to win the battle ourselves. But I can't help worrying that I shouldn't be risking trying so long at home. What if we keep trying and it doesn't work and then it's too late? Monday night he was crawling on the floor coughing and crying and panicking and we just kept going with the protocol the nurse gave us. It has worked, obviously, but it just seems like a huge risk and I am scared I am not getting him all the help he needs.
I am just talking here so you don't need to reply... just felt like getting my thoughts out! thanks for listening! This is just very tiring and worrying and I hate to see my little boy suffer like this.