Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bubble Boy

OK, so I think Xander is now officially the "bubble boy"! I took him into his Dr. on Thu. to talk to her about my reflux theory...the reason I thought he might be coughing so much. Well, she was really great with me...she listened to me and agreed with me that it is very possible that reflux is playing a part in his cough and night time waking but she said he didn't sound very good to her and wanted to listen to his lungs. So she listened to them and said they sounded horrible and wanted to test him for RSV and do a breathing treatment in the office with the nebulizer. Well, the RSV test came out negative luckily. But unfortunately, the diagnosis for our baby is asthma. The only problem is right now we don't know if it is being caused by a cold (virus) or if it is from his allergies. I am leaning toward thinking it is his allergies....because he had just gotten over a month-long cough and an ear infection two days before Christmas and then on Christmas Day he started it back up again. Oh, and the other ear is infected now. The Dr. listened to his lungs again after the treatment and said he was breathing better. She sent me home with the nebulizer and four prescriptions...breathing treatment medication, a steroid to add into the nebulizer for the breathing treatments, an antibiotic for his ear and prescription allergy medication...Singular. We are doing the breathing treatments three times a day and we go back Tue. for a recheck. She said I couldn't take him outside until I brought him back to her. So we are house-bound and I feel like we are raising a bubble boy. He is sick so often and I guess this explains why. Asthma! The Dr. said we won't be able to even think about the reflux possibility until we get him better from this problem or at least get it under control. I am glad I had the idea about the reflux or else I probably wouldn't have taken him in to the Dr. I would have just figured he had another cough/cold and chalked it up to our bad luck with his sicknesses. So maybe he doesn't have reflux but I am glad I thought he might have because it made me take him to the Dr. and a now he has a diagnosis....finally!
I just hope we will be able to leave the house after we go back to the Dr. on Tue. My poor little pookie bubble boy. :(

4 comments:

stephanie said...

So sorry, Xander. I'm glad you had an inkling there was something more to his cough, Shanyn. Wish I could take the asthma magically away, but hopefully the meds work great and you can pinpoint the causes. Make the most of your "bubble" this weekend!

Erica said...

Ah poor Xander. I am glad you at least have a direction to go in now, let us know how his follow up goes. Love ya.

Evie said...

You must always trust the mommy-instinct. I firmly believe in this. I kick myself whenever I don't "listen to myself". Does that make sense? Anyway, I hope that Xander feels better soon. I am hoping for a good result on Tuesday so we can see you on Thursday! Keep me posted!

The Fam said...

Poor Xander. :( Asthma is no fun. I hope he feels better soon and I hope you survive being house bound. Lots of love!

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