It was tough for him. For nine months now, my son has been regularly being rushed to the hospital due to apparently asthma attack.
Before, after just being nebulized at the emergency room, he’s free to go and continued the medications at home. But today is different. The doctor recommended to confine him. They cannot take it for granted since his breathing and oxygen level is not normal.
It pains me to see how my little boy cried (almost stop breathing) when the needle for the dextrose was inserted to a vein in his foot. Unfortunately, the pediatrician seems to didn’t know how to perfectly insert a needle, she had to repeat it which caused another round of pain for my baby.
Minutes after, they had to extract blood from his wrist. And the pain, for me is unbearable.
I was forced to leave him at the emergency room because of work duty. I am not allowed to go on emergency leave since there’s no available person to take my place.
Initially the doctors said, my son has bronchial asthma.
Searching the internet, I got this explanation:
Bronchial Asthma is a disease of the lungs where an obstruction or disturbance in the ventilation of the respiratory passages evokes a feeling of shortness of breath. This leads to paroxysms which constrict the bronchial air passages.
Causes of Bronchial Asthma
There can be several causes of Bronchial Asthma. The main cause is a raised level of resistance to the airflow in the bronchial passages. Although the muscles of these passages work harder, they are unable to support the activity of breathing and gas exchange. The result is an attack of bronchial asthma where there are spasms of the bronchial muscles, a swelling of the bronchial wall and an increase in the secretion of mucous.
Other causes of bronchial asthma are: respiratory infections, cold air, exercise, smoke, pollutants, stress, anxiety, and allergies from food or drugs.
Sometimes, Bronchial Asthma is also triggered by pollen, dust, fungi or mold.
Symptoms of Bronchial Asthma
The main symptoms of Bronchial Asthma are wheezing breath which includes a whistling sound in the chest, and shortness of breath.
An increased secretion of mucous occurs during the asthma attack. This can also happen in the periods between two asthma attacks.
In general, a person suffering from an asthma attack will find it difficult to breathe and feel a lot of pain in the chest area.
Treatment for Bronchial Asthma
As such there is no cure for Asthma. But a patient can definitely learn how to manage it.
The first step is to control the environment. Living in an environment which is free from dust, smoke, pets, pollutants and allergens will ensure that the asthma attacks remain in control.
The patient must also wear a mask covering his nose and mouth every time he cleans the home or dusts the furniture.
People suffering from asthma should ensure that their clothes, bedding, furniture etc do not collect dust and dirt. They can also consider using an air conditioner to regulate the atmosphere and the humidity in their surroundings.
There are also medical treatments available for asthma patients. They can use inhalers based on their doctor’s recommendations. There are also a variety of pills and tablets which they can take, based on the doctor’s prescriptions, to keep a control over the asthma.
My little one is a strong child and I know he will overcome this. In God’s help.