April 15th, 2010
Ian is always sick, always. Last time he was off his singular for allergy testing he ended up in the hospital for 4 days. The testing was pushed back until today.
April 1st he was officially diagnosed with asthma, bad asthma. When I told the doctor my reservations for steroids she told me he shouldnt be mean, etc. Ian went on the steroids and it was HELL. Like sign away being a mom hell. He was happy, then under the table crying. Throwing fits left and right. The worst 2 weeks I have had in a while. The only thing that would pacify him was video games. His teacher commented on his poor behavior, his speech therapist went through an hour of him screaming at her (never done that before). At any rate my child was NOT my child. But he needed the steroid…
So today he had his allergist appointment. I tell the nurse that he is bonkers add, jumping off the walls, mean and is constantly chewing on things (hence the wet stretched out collar on his shirt). I said its the steroids, she pish poshed me and told me he couldnt be having those reactions to the drug.
Then we were taken to respiratory to test that. The lady was the one that helped us when we got ushered to the ER. She was wonderful and nice and when I told her of his behavior she said some kids react that way and to make sure and tell the doctor.
So we go back, he gets 100 needles in his back (and did fabulously I might add) and wait around for the doc. She comes in and is wonderful. Explained to me, finally, why my child was always so sick. Can I just say how happy I am to finally have an explanation of what the heck is going on.
And she admitted that reactions happen and that we need to find something that doesnt screw with his behavior. She is the first doctor to ever take me seriously when I say I have a nice, calm non-chewing child. lol But he is allergic to everything around here, and bad too. 4+ is the worst it can be and he had a few 3’s, mostly 4’s and scattered 4+.
She was awesome at explaining everything (she worked in Nicu for years). And like I assumed it all stems from him being born so early. His lungs are scared, the oxygen that kept him alive in his first month and change of life in turn scared his lungs. And because they are scared he gets sick constantly. Its a cycle. I wish I would have done something about it a long time ago. 🙁 So allergy shots for at least the next 3 years. And a whole new concoction of meds for his asthma and hopefully his demeanor changes back to normal.
Oh and she stated that he might be having bad reactions because of food allergies so we are going in next month for that.