My new obsession!
Yesterday we had our follow-up appointment for my son who has asthma. My son has been recovering remarkably well. He has been feeling great, he looks great, as my mom would say “caga” great, eating great… all was great.
Then this happened:
Meet my new obsession. I was given instructions on how to use the peak flow meter and thought to myself- easy peasy! My son can easily blow that red thingy all the way up.
He blew once- Ummm, blow harder, please.
2nd time- From your tummy! Take a deeper breath!
3rd and final time- Is that all you can blow?
He blew a 150. I have to admit that a reading of 150 disappointed me. The parameters were set and now he has to blow more than 150 in order to be in the green zone. If he doesn’t,that lands him in the yellow zone and that means, it’s Albuterol time.
Last night he blew a 165 and this morning a 150. He’s to do this twice a day. Everyday.
Last night I fell asleep thing about how to teach him to blow harder! Sadly, I know deep down in the depths of my heart that truly that is all he can do.
I see it. I know it. I hear it. I just can’t accept it.
Considering that it’s only been 3 weeks since his attack, these numbers are to be expected. He took another test (it kinda resembles a breathalyzer test) and he didn’t do too well on that either. Seeing the pre and post-Albuterol results was an eye opener for me. He struggled to reach the “desirable” numbers before the Albuterol. After the 2 puffs of the meds… he passed with flying colors.
In the meantime, he is on a strict regimen and that is not expected to change for about 3-4 months. On the plus side- he gained 3 pounds. (:
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!