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Worried about Gavin

Gavin has developed a really nasty cough. I don’t know if it’s asthma related or not. The immunologist told us when he gets like this we need to give him his rescue inhaler but it’s not helping.

We have very little experience with asthma so I’m unfamiliar with it outside of what I dealt with as a paramedic.

The other concern that I have is, what if he’s getting sick? What do you do for a child with no immune system of his own? I realize that this isn’t anything new, but we know about it now so that changes everything.

All I could try to do now is borrow my parents car and take Gavin tovthe ER. However, that will freak him out pretty bad and it may not be necessary.  At the very least we will have to get him into the doctor in the morning. I’m just way to new to this whole asthma and immunodeficiency thing and want to have him seen, just to be on the safe side.

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If it is inflamed ginger and ibuprophen can help

hope he feels better

Wow so sorry! Hope he feels better soon! That is scary!

Your welcome


Just a reader

As a former paramedic, are you familiar with wheezing? When he's not coughing, listen to hear if Gavin is wheezing (it can almost sound like whistling – it's an indication of difficulty breathing that is common in asthmatics). If he is wheezing, it could be a sign that there is something developed in his lungs beyond what a rescue inhaler can help with. I'm nowhere near a doctor, but I did have asthma growing up. There were times that the rescue inhaler couldn't help and I'd require a nebulizer or pills to help clear out whatever that was in my lungs. If it is related to the asthma, the coughing might have to do with his body trying to get whatever it is in his lungs cleared out but it won't help.

Unless he really sounds like he's not getting enough oxygen to his body, you can probably wait to see the doctor tomorrow and avoid scaring Gavin.

Good luck to you.

Just a reader again

Here is a better description of wheezing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeze If you don't hear that wheezing, then it might not have to do with his asthma. When I wheezed it was mostly when I was breathing in. Doctors could hear it when they put their stethoscope on me. Personally I felt like I was breathing through a straw when I was wheezing and like there was something sitting on my lungs/airways.

Alright enough of my rambling. I do hope it's not wheezing, because that was pretty much a life long battle for me. I'm 25 now, and still wheeze on occasion.

I'm anonymous but it's not because you know me. I look at your blog probably about 3 times a day. I was tested for Aspergers when I was 14, but I engage people so that was ruled out. Instead ruled NLD (Non verbal learning disorder) which is pretty similar in many ways.


Thank you so much

Does it get any better in moist air? Could be his throat is really irritated.

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