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Showered, Fed and Ready for Bed

Do you remember how I mentioned Tawhai's sore throat? Well, it slowly got worse and took over his asthma. I gave him some prednisone at 4.30pm on Sunday 3 June. When I realised I was giving him his reliever pumps every half hour, I packed a bag and we went to hospital at 11pm. The doctors managed to get him stable in the Emergency Department, but after we moved him to the ward, he went downhill again.  This included vomiting, which he never never does.

The interesting thing is that they don't treat asthmatics with nebulisers anymore, but administer salbutamol with spacers. If it's needed, they'll hook him up with humidified (warmed) oxygen. But nebs just push cold air into the lungs, and as we all know, cold is bad news for asthmatics. 

He was on the oxygen all night, with the nurses giving him spacers every 20 minutes, then gradually stretching it out.  With all those steroids in his system, he had a case of the Ventolin Shakes. He wasn't eating or talking much. He didn't really recover until 11am on Monday.  Here he is, Monday evening, on the Play Station in the children's ward. 

Hospital Monday night 4 June 2012

We spent Monday night in hospital, and he had a good sleep. So we were allowed home the next day. He still had that cough, so I kept him out of school until I thought he was well enough to go. 

The doctors will say 'keep him at home for two more days' but I usually don't agree with that, haha. He may get the doctors' pass to go back to school, but not the Mummy one! If I send him back to school too soon, he'll just pick up another virus and get even sicker. 

So we had a quiet week (punctuated by a wonderful visit by the whanau from South Auckland on Transit of Venus Day), and a quiet weekend. I've been concentrating on trying to get him to eat more. He's a little boy, so he doesn't need to eat a lot, but when he's only eating half of what he usually does, I know it's the asthma. The best way to get him to eat, is to feed him what he likes. Something is better than nothing at all. So if he wants pies and hotdogs and mini-pizzas, he gets pies and hotdogs and mini-pizzas.  I can't get him to eat the pies I make, yet! Haha. 

The 'mini-pizza's' I make are basically glorified cheese on toast. Barbeque Sauce, slice of ham, topped with cheese on toasted wheatmeal bread. Cut into triangles. Because we love triangles. They are aesthetically pleasing. He can eat 4 slices (of bread) on a good day. 

So, we were at home together on Transit of Venus Day. We watched it together with our special glasses. I'm pretty glad last week worked out like that. I'd loosely planned to go to Tolaga Bay, to hang around and watch it up there. But I didn't care in the end, because it was something I wanted to do with Tawhai. And I did. Yay!  I found it exhilarating, and I feel lucky for being able to watch it in my lifetime. 

The rest of last week passed quietly. I had a meeting on Thursday afternoon, yelled at a kid for throwing half a brick at the house.  Watched Tawhai play Batman. Drew and painted a bit.
Tawhai's mate came over for a play on Saturday afternoon. And stayed for tea. That was lovely, Tawhai really enjoyed that. 

By Sunday he looked all good to head back to school. And he started back yesterday.  We had an appointment with the paediatrician, Dr. Grant. We have those twice a year. He told me that Tawhai is too old to grow out of his asthma. He will probably always need a puffer now. That came as no surprise - his father still uses one, as do I.  
Tawhai's chest is lovely and clear, and he is back to his old self. Singing along to the music I listen to, chatting a lot, telling me stories about Batman. Laughing at my Christian Bale impersonations. And various other silly voices I have in my repertoire. I love making him laugh. 

He's back at school again, today. This week I am looking forward to watching the practice for the play his class are doing. It's about the trip to Waipiro Bay earlier this year. 


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( 2 ngā kōrero — Kōrero mai )
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh no, poor Tawhai! Glad he's come right poor thing.
Hard ahy, trusting sending kids to school with every disease under the sun about this winter.

We have whooping cough around here. Some people are even suggesting it may be a new strain from Aus, that even the immunised kids aren't immune too. Whooping cough immunisations only last about 10 years though (gets them through the most dangerous years) so adults working with babies, and pregnant women are being suggested to get it.

Hope this is the worst of it for his asthma this season (yeah, probably a bit hopeful). DO you know the children's ward staff really well now? You must get regular status surely.
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
The kohanga I help at put out a warning for whooping cough, earlier this year. All the adult workers had to be examined as well.

We will probably end up in hospital again this year, before winter/spring is out. Both Dr. Grant and I think that is highly likely. As soon as Tawhai gets a cold, his asthma is gonna freak out.

With the children's ward, I know a couple of nurses by name. I even like some of them! Haha. I like the doctor, he's kinda like a Belgian cowboy, out here by way of South Africa. He says hello to Tawhai and makes us both giggle.

I think we will go up to regular status within the next couple of years.

Might even get invited to an Xmas party! :)
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