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Long Asthma Week

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Well, I over estimated how well Patrick was doing yesterday. He woke up wheezing and coughing today. This freaked us out because he NEVER wheezes, only coughs with his asthma. He didn't improve much after his nebulizer treatment (pulmicort & albuterol) so we tried a second dose of albuterol. The nebulizer burned out! In hind site, we've had it since he was diagnosed back when he was 18 months old (he is now almost 12). He's done so well over the last few years, we've only been refilling his meds with our family doctor. There didn't seem to be a need to go to the city for a pulmonologist. By the time the pulmonologist's office finally called back, we had already gone to our family doc and Patrick got a steroid shot. Brian had to drive to Red Oak to get a new nebulizer. It wouldn't be delivered in time for a noon treatment.

Overall, a lot of good came out of this. Patrick's meds are all updated. He's on a stronger dose of inhaled steroid which is good because he's not a little boy any more. We have a brand new nebulizer and I have enough oral steroids to get him through the weekend. I hope the weather dries up soon. I don't think he can handle all this cold damp weather.

Have a good weekend everyone.

  
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SHELLKAYE 3/11/2010 9:49PM

    I hope all is well and wish that tomorrow is better for you and your family. Take care.
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MUSICMOMOF2 3/11/2010 7:22PM

    Hope that all is going better now. Sorry to hear about all the trouble. I know exactly how you feel. At least it happened before the weekend, when you could take care of everything.

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More good news

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I was worried about my Patrick all morning. Yesterday his oxygen level was 94% and the doctor put him on prednisone. This is the first time he's needed oral steroids for his asthma. I kept him home again today and took him back for a recheck of his oxygen. It was 98% and he can go back to school tomorrow. This has been his worst bout with asthma. I just hope his coughing ends soon.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that he is doing better.
Chris

  
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SHELLKAYE 3/11/2010 9:23AM

    Glad to know that your son is doing better. I was a Registered Respiratory Therapist up until 1 1/2 yrs ago, when I became an at home Mom. I can relate to how tough these times can be for you.

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/10/2010 6:54PM

    We had a situation like that last October with Jacob. He ended up in the hospital over the weekend and hadn't even officially been diagnosed with asthma yet. Now I have both boys will allergies and asthma. Our nebulizer gets quite a workout after supper with their Pulmicort (preventative) treatments. Glad to hear that he's doing better!

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Good News

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Well, I debated all day about this. Patrick, my 11 year old, has been sick and I took him to the doctor today. That made the accurate doctor's scale available to me. The last time I was weighed was Feb 16. It hasn't been a month yet. I usually don't like to weigh myself more than once a month, if that. My clothes have been fitting better, so I did it. I stepped on the scale....

WooHoo!! Thank goodness I've come down some!!! I've lost at least five pounds! I estimate my beginning at 200 since I refused to get on a scale when I believed I was over that mark. Now I'm more motivated to keep at it.

Thank you all of my Spark Friends for keeping me at it. When I get below that 190 mark, all of Iowa will hear my WooHoo.

  
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IOWASHUTTERBUG 3/9/2010 11:24PM

    WOOHOOO!!!!! Way to go!
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SHELLKAYE 3/9/2010 8:38PM

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You're doing a great job and now your seeing the reward. Keep up on the good work.

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TLROYER 3/9/2010 7:09PM

    It feels good, doesn't it? Keep up the great work! Terry

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PVGAL26 3/9/2010 6:56PM

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Linda

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Fun Kid Quote

Monday, March 08, 2010



This picture is from 2005 when I was pregnant with my twins, Sean and Bridget. At birth Sean weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and Bridget was 6 lbs 12 oz. Yes, four months of bedrest and a circlage paid off: big healthy babies.

The twins are now four and I was showing this picture to them one morning. I was explaining that this was when they were both in my tummy. Sean got really angry and yelled at me, "Mommy, don't eat me again!!"

  
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TLROYER 3/9/2010 9:19AM

    That's a riot! Thanks for sharing.

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SHELLKAYE 3/8/2010 8:28PM

    That's funny. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/8/2010 2:53PM

    Too cute!

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    Ah, out of the mouths of babes !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My work weekend

Saturday, March 06, 2010

After last night, I was ready for a new job. Over ten hours of busy pharmacy work. I work in a hospital, so it's not the type of job most people associate with being a pharmacist, ie Walgreens. We make sure all the med orders are entered correctly, check for drug and allergy interactions, adjust doses for renal problems, answer nurse and physician questions, check all the meds the techs fill for the floors, and a slew of other medication related jobs. We were busy, I was tired.

A better night sleep and a new day brightened my outlook. Both days I did an elliptical routine before work (I go in at 12nn), but today's was easier. I even handled the traffic slow-down calmly, even though it made me 30 minutes late. Work has been much better today, so I won't be looking through the want ads just yet.

I'm really happy that I was able to fit in some exercise both yesterday and today. It wasn't my full routine, but it was something. I've also noticed that my work clothes are fitting better. There's some progress being made.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Chris

  
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BUSYMOMOF_4 3/7/2010 2:21PM

  You're obviously on the right track. If you are already noticing a difference in the way your clothes fit, then keep up the good work. A little goes a long way. At least that's what everyone keeps telling me!! emoticon

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IOWASHUTTERBUG 3/7/2010 9:27AM

    Good job on working out before work and staying calm. Have a great Sunday!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/7/2010 7:40AM

    Great job on fitting the exercise in! Have a great Sunday!

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JETTER4 3/6/2010 9:16PM

  Sounds like youi conquered!!!

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