22 April 2010

My Week

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...


Holli said...

Sounds like you've had MUCH going on.... hope you're able to rest some this weekend.... :)

Gramma 2 Many said...

We just have to keep on keeping on. One step and one day at a time. Sometimes it feels like we will not make it through to the next, but the morning always dawns.
We have such a gracious God who already knows all of this and he even knows the end of the story. Ours is to trust Him in all he does. I know you are amazing at that aspect and you will manage with His help just fine.
Love you.

Bia said...

wow. you've had a lot going on (I always thought asthma would be so scary). i hope the thyroid issues sort themselves out.


Nancy said...

Oh boy! That little Drew is a brave little boy! I think you're doing great Therese. This is hard. Watching our children suffer with anything (even little stuff) is hard. Hopefully, he will grow out of some of this.
By the way, your godson is a wise little boy!
Blessings to you...you can always call me if you need me!

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Sarah Oldham said...

Sounds like you have your hands full, and, that you'll be fine given the time to adjust. I like your godson quite a lot. What a wise young man. Reassurance from Above through a young man. Nice. God is good!

Christine said...

Hoping all goes well with Drew.

And your appointments too.

Anonymous said...


I have the exact same thyroid issue and a few weeks after taking synthroid I felt like a new person. Besides fatigue, I had other symptoms that I didn't even know were thyroid related (rashes, headaches,achiness, brain fog)until they were gone. Oh, and my neck got much smaller too.

I hope you get the same results. Life is that much harder when you're exhausted.

Karen McQ.

Anonymous said...

Hi Therese,
Drew will be able to manage his own medication - my daughter, who is 13 can manage her asthma medication, now.

Once the throid medication kicks in, I think that you'll be surprised at the difference in the way that you feel. My friend has an underactive throid, and when she forgets to take her medication, she is so "blonde", but most of the time she has so much energy, I wonder where she gets it from.

Praying for your son and for health and healing for you,
Love, Jillian ♥

+JMJ+ said...

My two littles have asthma. It's actually gotten better.

I will pray for Drew and recommend him to dear St. Bernadette asking her to intercede in prayer as well.

Pretty soon, it will become your new normal.

Herd Momma said...

Hey Sweets. I am sorry Drew is having these issues. Sounds like your Godson can be a great role model for him. I have a feeling he will soon learn the ins and outs and be able to help more with his care. Blessings to you all.