Our ER experience last night...
January 21, 2007 1:32pm CST
My youngest dd is 13 and she's been asthmatic since she was 18 months old. We have it pretty much controlled but she still has occasional flare ups and needs to take breathing treatments with a nebulizer. Well she was invited to a pool party sleepover at a local hotel last night. She'd been having some problems with her asthma, but wasn't too bad. She took her portable nebulizer with her so that she could take a treatment there if she needed to. She took one right before she left at 3:00 in the afternoon and did good until about 10:00 p.m. She was having a lot of difficulty breathing, so she took a treatment. All the girls fell asleep around 11:00 p.m. cause they were exhausted from all that swimming. My dd couldn't sleep and still couldn't breath, so she took another treatment at 12:30. No relief. So, she called me at home and I immediately went to pick her up. I took her right to the ER cause she was coughing and wheezing pretty bad. By that time it was 1:00 a.m. As always, they take her in immediately and started her on another treatment and gave her Prednisone. This time the treatment worked and she started breathing better. The hospital was extremely busy, as they had a helicopter come in with two car accident patients right when we got there and there also must have been a party out of control cause there were a bunch of young adults who were drunk and totally unresponsive. The nurse kept coming in and apologizing for taking so long! They truly weren't taking that long at all! In fact, they cleared us to go by 2:30 a.m.! We were only there for 1 1/2 hours, which in my opinion was extremely quick for an ER visit. Anyway, we're home and she's feeling much better today. So I'd say our ER visit was a pretty good one. How about you? Any ER visit stories?
21 Jan 07
Well you were extremely lucky that the ER section was so quick I believe that this was done extremely fast, and thank goodness for your daughter, as I know what it is like as I have 3 asthmatic children, anyway yes sometimes when I went to the ER section here in Australia sometimes they were extremely quick to respond but on the other hand some times they have taken up to 4 hours or longer and it is very worrying when my chilren have been very sick.
• United States
22 Jan 07
It is very scary when you know your child can't breathe.... Luckily for us, every single time we've taken her to the ER because of her asthma, they take us in immediately. They consider her a STAT situation, so she gets in over lesser problems... I can't even imagine having to wait to get in! Every second counts in a situation like that. Good luck to you with 3 kids with asthma! I only have to worry about the one...