My youngest, Jonah has severe asthma. It has been a problem since he was a baby. For a long time, they said it was just allergy related. Last year, I finally got a doctor to listen to me and agreed to send us to a pediatric pulmonologist. There is not one in the town we live in, so we go one town over...just 28 miles to a great children's hospital... Brenner's Children's Hospital. Everytime we go there, I am always so impressed how everything is catered towards children. Sometimes, doctor offices will just throw some toys in a box and call it a day. This office has a train set out in the lobby. There is a family library to use. This is the little cornere we were waiting in.
|Yeah, this is a computer...complete with all kids programming!|
We had to do a lot of waiting and testing so we brought Jonah's Kindle to play.
Luckily, we have managed to get his asthma under control to where he used to have to use a nebulizer twice a day to now he uses a regular discus inhaler and only has a flare-up occasionally. He had been taking steroids so much, there was a concern about his growth and the possibility of ulcers and now that concern has passed. I am glad that I kept pushing for what I knew in my heart was the right thing all along. Asthma can definitely go hand in hand with allergies and that is how he had been treated for his whole life up until last fall. At that point, my argument to his pediatrician was that there where times when he would wheeze and his asthma was flaring when his allergies where not...therefore I felt his asthma needed to be looked at as a separate illness. Luckily,the pediatrician agreed and the treatment course taken has made a world of difference.
Have you ever gotten a doctor to change their mind about the way they are treating you or your child? Are you having trouble getting your doctor to treat you or your child the way you think you or your child should be treated? I would love to hear the story!