This has been a busy week for appointments for us. Drew had his follow-up with the asthma doctor on Tuesday. I think when I left the appointment last time, I was surprised a bit, but we got used to the additional inhalers and life went on. Over the weekend, Drew started his coughing fits again (usually a sign he is wheezing). I was thankful that we had this appointment set up. I was fairly certain that the trees blooming had something to do with it.
What I was not prepared for was the new action plan. Drew now has a peak flow meter. We have to test him twice a day to see how he is breathing and journal it. If he can't get it above his minimum (120), then the action plan goes into effect. If he is 75 or below, we have to go to the ER. Wednesday morning, his peak was 110. I should have started on the action plan, but I thought it was for below 100. I sent him to school.
Thankfully, he made it through the day, but when I got him home, it was low. So we started the rounds of extra inhalers. He rebounded quickly and was at a comfortable 220 this morning. That being said, I realized that I misread the instructions on the action plan and didn't give him enough of his albuterol yesterday. It is OK. I will get used to it. I am just feeling a tad overwhelmed by it all.
On the flip side, I had a lovely conversation with my godson yesterday who is a Type 1 Diabetic. He is 13 and I was telling him about all of this and likening it to how his Mom must have felt when he was first diagnosed with high blood sugars and making sure he had enough but not too much insulin. He responded that Drew would get the hang of this and be able to do it himself one day. It actually was a very reassuring thought. Right now, Drew is not always aware of when he is having breathing issues. I am thankful for the flow meter, but I am also thankful for my godson's reminder that Drew will learn to listen to his body.
I also had my appointment with the endocrinologist. It appears that my thyroid issue is auto-immune. What he can't tell is if it is post-partum or life-long. He is leaning toward not because of my history. In either case, I have started medicine for this. I have hope that I won't be so tired all of the time soon. He said I should be starting to feel a difference in 1-2 weeks. I will have more blood work in June and return to see him in August.
That is it from this neck of the woods...