It's been several months since Megan has needed to use her nebulizer for asthma. There have been a couple of times I gave her a dose of Accuneb when she began coughing, but it didn't seem to help and the cough went away shortly on its own. So when she started coughing on Monday night I was not incredibly concerned. On Tuesday morning I took her in for the flu vaccine. Before we left I put her on the nebulizer because her cough sounded tight, but it didn't seem to help much. So we saw the nurse who didn't like the sound of Megan's cough. She pulled up Megan's shirt and observed Megan's ribs sucking inward slightly when she breathed. She checked Megan's oxygen levels, which were down. So we shuttled off to see the RN to determine whether or not Megan could get the Flu Mist, which was why we were there.
The RN hauled out her stethoscope and listened to Megan breathe. She informed me that Megan was wheezing in all parts of her lungs. Boy, did I feel like a bad mother. I expressed my surprise because since going off dairy, Megan's asthma had gotten so much better. She said Megan's history of allergic triad (eczema, asthma, gastrointetinal upset) suggests she's just one of those allergic individuals, and that we should expect any little cold to settle in Megan's lungs and make her wheeze. So Megan got another treatment of Accuneb at the office and her oxygen levels came up, but she did not get the Flu Mist. I'll have to take her back in two weeks after her asthma symptoms have calmed down.
I'm feeling sort of bummed because I thought the removal of dairy did the trick. I mean, the eczema on Megan's feet was so bad that skin several layers deep would just peel off in chunks. I used to have to haul out the nebulizer for her a couple of times every month for several days at a time because of her wheezing. And the constant loose stools (the smell could kill a horse!) have disappeared. All of these things have gotten better since removing dairy from Megan's diet. And since going gluten free, she has not complained of tummy upset. So is Megan just prone to having cranky lungs, or is there something else I need to look at that may be triggering the renewed asthma symptoms?