Asthma Prevention Boot Camp  Part 2

Asthma Prevention Boot Camp  Part 2
Survival Instinct - The Network, INC Asthma Prevention Boot Camp  Part 2

Survival Instinct - The Network, INC
Asthma Prevention Boot Camp  Part 2

By A. Supreme

I’d like to take this time to thank Nurse Townsend for 

Mission Objective: The Nebulizer

At-ease Soldier!

Welcome back

Okay.  So you recently found out that you are the parent of a child with asthma.  You've ripped all the carpeting out of your apartment to reduce the dust mite population. You've taken the cat and the dog to grandparents house in Queens because they have a big grassy backyard that's where the cat and dog are gonna be living now.  You haven't given up cigarettes yet but you've ordered the patch and you take all your smoke breaks up on the roof near the super's pigeon coup. What are you gonna do now?  Go to Disney World?  Not!  No you are gonna get as friendly as humanly possible with your child's pediatrian. Why?  Because that doctor is going to be your reliable source for all the asthma-related actionable data you're gonna need over the course of the next few years.  We'll get back to that uno momento (shortly).  One of the things you'll notice early on, when your child has an episode that can't be brought under control at home and an expeditious dash to the nearest hospital emergency room is required, the first thing the triage staff does, in conjunction with monitoring vital sign and stabilizing your child, is administer a "treatment" usually a concentrated Bronchodilator (Albuterol Sulfate) ie: Proventil HFA mixed with a Saline Solution and administered via inhalation. Bronchodilators are manufactured under various brand names and are used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway diseases.  The liquid bronchodilator is poured into a plastic containment unit along with the saline solution and the containment unit is attached to a face mask similar to the masks used to deliver oxygen to a patient.  Tubing from the face mask connects to a machine called a Nebulizer.  

"In medicine, a nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases or disorders" - Wikipedia

But I digress.

Get to know your child's doctor. Considering the severity of your child's asthma and repetition of trips to emergency room you may have no choice...that's where the doctor works.  And one of the reasons you and your asthmatic kid are in the hospital so much could quite possibly be because you don't have a portable Nebulizer and refillable prescriptions for Bronchodilators ... at home.  The pediatrican can help you acquire those items and reduce emergency room visits.

One thing that is important to remember when your child is in the midsts of an asthmatic episode is that you stay as calm as possible.  Your child realizing that there is an emergency situation happening and mommy and daddy have everything under control is the most effective medicine you can provide

#Stay #Tuned

A. Supreme

Survival Instinct - The Network, INC
Asthma Prevention Boot Camp 
By A. Supreme

You just found out from the Pediatrician that your child has asthma...

What do you do?

A) Notify the authorities
B) Go to DEFCON 1
C) Don't panic you got this 

Okay...definitely not A or B and although C may seem like a stretch, believe me with actionable data, the right equipment and a good prescription plan you can handle the situation that I can tell you.  You're going to have to make some changes though Bigly.  Changes like you've never made in the history of changes. And that's not going to be easy.  For example...Got wall-to-wall carpet?  It's gotta go!  Dust? Well dust mites and asthmatic kids don't get along well.  Got a cat or a dog?  Better identify a family member or friend who can adopt them with the last resort being the ASPCA because pet dander is a major trigger for asthmatic episodes in children. Do you smoke cigarettes?  I can't tell you to stop even though you should but I will say if you're going to smoke make sure you're at least two football fields away from the kids when you do because second hand smoke is el numero uno (#1) on the "I have an asthmatic child" taboo list. There are plenty of other triggers and ways to avoid or eliminate them that we will discuss in future articles.  

So welcome Soldier to my Asthma Prevention Boot Camp!  A valuable community service that I wish we had when the pediatrician told us our three-month-old twins had asthma.  Somehow we made it through those years and today the twins are 28 years old and caring for themselves. 
Remember…communicate with your families healthcare team before making any changes. 

#Stay #Tuned A. Supreme’s
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