Your post worries me!
A little history…
Every night for the past 3 years, my grandson has taken our Cocker Spaniel out for a fast run up the sidewalk, and back, in order to get her to do her night time potties. Well, this past Winter was cold, cold, cold… and dry. He and the dog continued on with the nightly ritual, while I’d stand outside to see who “won” the race back down the sidewalk. One night, about a month ago, when he and the dog reached the grass, my grandson turned around and looked at me with sheer panic on his face. :eek I got to him and asked what was wrong… he said “I can’t breathe”. I got him calmed down just by talking to him and rubbing his back and in the house we came. Stupid me chalked it up to the cold, dry, Winter air. Well… it got worse. Much worse. After a few nights of this happening, I called the Doctor.
He was diagnosed with Asthma. :ninja Just like that. Asthma?!
The Doctor gave him a Xopenex inhaler… 2 puffs every 6 hours, and 2 extra puffs in between if he needed it. :ninja Umm… what do you mean if he needs it? Why would he need more in between, was what I was wondering…
Fast forward to my grandson and his athletic abilities.
He’s always been the fastest runner in his age group … one helluva baseball player (first base, shortstop and pitcher)… worships football (wide receiver) … well, you get the picture. Now he CAN’T BREATHE?! :eek
So, one week into this Asthma gig, he’s enduring Phys Ed week at school. Running the mile, won him the Presidential Award last year. The kid is flat out, lickity split, lightening faaaast. As well as precise.
He COLLAPSED doing the mile. :eek
Off to the Doctor we go, again. She ordered a pulmonary function test to be done 36 hours later. No inhaler 24 hours prior. :ninja Needless to say, I kept him home from school. No way was I going to run the risk of trouble. The first part of the test was done without the inhaler. FAIL. The second part was done after the inhaler. FAIL. :eek
Back to the Doctor we go, whereupon I’m informed that the Xopenex inhaler is useless to him. Say whaaaaat?! U s e l e s s!
That day, his inhaler was changed to ADVAIR - a steroidal inhaler. 2 puffs every 12 hours… 7AM and 7PM… period.
Knowing nothing about Asthma, I’m on a very fast learning curve here, in order to help my grandson, as well as calm my fricking nerves down!
To answer your question about what might work? My grandson’s Phys Ed coach has him cup his hands behind his head and walk slowly. You’ve got to walk it out, to get oxygen into the lungs. Breathe slowly through your nose, so that you don’t hyperventilate, but, you must keep moving.
In conjunction with the ADVAIR inhaler, he’s on 10mg’s of Singulair and 25mg’s of Benadryl at bedtime, to help hold the coughing at bay.
We had baseball practice last night. No running per se` (as in running the bags, or the fence line) but, he was playing shortstop, so he got plenty of movement in. He broke into one coughing fit, which was right before his 7PM dose of ADVAIR. The ADVAIR seems to be helping him… I dunno… the jury is still out.
All I can say is… this sucks!
Your 5 hour black out blows my mind. That’s some scary stuff! How have you coped and how long have you had Asthma? Which inhaler do you use?