Sunday, January 26, 2014

ER Trip

Nathan has had a little cold, nothing too bad. He just was sniffling, coughing, etc. I don't even think he had a fever. He has had the Flu Shot too.

Well, today I noticed he was coughing more and seemed to have lough breathing. I saw his stomach contracting. I gave him all his asthma inhalers/nebulizer - he didn't seem to be improving.

Once I saw him on the couch and I heard him wheezing, I knew we had to go to the ER.....ASAP.

They took him in right away and checked his vitals and his oxygen was lower, they listened to his breathing and said he was having an Acute Asthma Attack.  They gave him Prednisone. 

They called in the Respiratory Therapist and they gave him continuous Albuterol nebulizer treatments - which I didn't know you could do.

After a while Nathan was feeling better and his breathing improved. He is on a 5 day treatment of the steroid.

Hopefully he is feeling better soon!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Why I Can't Volunteer to Cut Box Tops for School Anymore...

I love helping to earn money for our school, so when I found out there was a position open with the PTO to be a Box Top Coordinator, I was all for it. I mean I could do most of it at home. I could cut and count Box Tops in my spare time. 

What I didn't think of or even expect is what I would find in my bags of Box Tops that needed to be cut. I found Box Tops that came off of Peanut butter cookies that were dirty - residue of the back. This meant I was bringing Peanut allergens in to my home!! Families from school would turn in full bags of garbage that I would need to cut the Box Top out of, some of these items contained Peanuts!!! EEEEKKK!

We also count and send in Milk caps. This means dirty Milk caps with Dairy protein in my house (Nathan is allergic to dairy). Dried Milk flakes would fall off these caps.

Some of the Box Tops are located on the tops of butter containers, which also contain Dairy. Parents would send in the whole top of a butter container with butter still on the back. They were oily, never even washed. 

Then there is the gross and random things I would find in the baggies of Box Tops that are sent to school that I pick up and bring into my house. I would find beads, crumbs, notes, grocery lists and hair!! GROSS! Not only human hair but animal hair - another allergen for my son.

I wasn't aware of all this or I would not have signed up. I will continue to fulfill my commitment for the rest of the year - I will cut these when Nathan is at school and wash down the table before he gets home. I have to store the Box Tops/Milk caps in the garage so it is not in the house. 

I know I will not be able to volunteer to do this again.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. December went fast, sorry I didn't get more posts on this blog. With my husband taking off of work and Nathan's school concert and winter break...time just flew by.

Thank you for reading my blog, I plan to have some changes on my blog in the new year, not only writing about Nathan's allergies but also our life and family.

I  hope you will continue to read my posts and please comment or send me an email. I love hearing from all my readers. 

Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy 2014