It's been a long time since I've been on the forum for help - must be a good sign!
Anyway, my son (6 years old) has seemed a bit not quite right today - not at all lethargic but a bit naughty and a bit clingyish. His appetitive has been poor but no temp, and didn't externally appear to behaving any breathing difficulties. But he never does, and this is where I get worried as a mum. My son's asthma doesn't seem to behave like normal asthma. Externally you don't notice it until he's getting to the point where his lungs and heart are working hard. At Christmas, I took him to the doc 'just to be on the safe side', fully expecting to get that huff and look when you know you've wasted their time and bang, he was on oral steroids and antibiotics. Even the GP was confused - externally their we're no real signs of respiratory distress at all, yet when she took his sats on the pulse oximeter, his sats were down real low and yet his heart rate nor respiratory rate remained normal (for him). Since then, I have bought myself an oximeter so that I record daily his baseline so that I know when there are changes going on silently inside.
Tonight is one of those times when I'm glad I bought it. He was reading just before bed and I noticed that he was having to try harder than usual to complete sentences. I'd also nagged him all day to stop talking so loudly (which I think is also a compensatory reflex to not being able to breathe properly). everything else seemed fine, maybe a tiny tad 'breathy'. So I did his oximeter and his sats were down to 93%, heart rate 112 (he's normally 99/99). I gave him his blue inhaler and his usual seretide and within about 5 mins he was back to 99%.
i've done a bit of respiratory medicine and CVS medicine at uni and in my work, so I really don't understand how he can all this going on internally but not show any sign of it externally. I'm really confused and am wondering if I should ask my GP to refer my son to a respiratory consultant. I feel as though my son's actually more vulnerable because he doesn't look as though he's having trouble. He doesn't even seem feel it himself. I thought that he'd know by now, now he's a bit older.
Has anyone else experienced asthma preventing in this way?