Leo has developed a 'dip' in his sternum lately, like a hollow in the middle at the top of the 'v' shape of the rib age. The consultant looked at it at his appointment and pointed out that he has slight ridges on both sides under his bottom ribs (it is hard for me to tell because he is quite skinny but I can clearly see the hollow in his chest). He said this is a sign of the severity of his asthma and suggests that he is working too hard to breathe too often.
Things like this really put into perspective how scary asthma is and how it can affect the body in so many different ways. He sent Leo for an x-ray because of this dip (called a Harrison's Sulchus apparently) but thankfully his chest was clear.
We have a nebuliser at home for Leo and a pulse oximeters to check his SATS but the consultants words have made me realise that when he is having an asthma attack it is far safer just to take him straight to the ward rather than to try and play God at home.
Leo's skin also always flares up a day or two before an asthma attack, it goes all spotty and rough like sandpaper. I noticed a few spots today so I'm hoping it's not the start of another episode...
On another note, last week when getting out him out of the bath I discovered that his feet and ankles were covered in urticaria (large red raised ring-like patches, yellowish in the middle). I checked his SATS and his oxygen levels were at 91 so I've was obviously having an allergic reaction to something but can't figure out what. Everything in his bath was the same and he hadn't eaten anything different. The last time he had this rash was when he had an allergic reaction to penicillin, although that was all over his body. We kept a close eye on him and after 24 hours it had nearly all gone and he seemed fine in himself, if a little short of breath when playing. I have no idea what could have caused this?
Sorry, I have started to waffle slightly, these children with asthma do give us a lot to talk about don't they?!