Thursday, March 22, 2007

Asthma

Oh my, it's been raining heavily almost non-stop for three days now. Prior to this, we were suffering from the scorching heat and Caitlin was dressed in sexy tank tops, halter and spaghettis most afternoons. Now, I have to make sure it's not too cold for her at night or in the early mornings. Her not-so-strong lungs have to be treated with tender loving care. It's hard sometimes to draw the line where keeping her health in check is concerned.

She has stopped using her inhalers for 4-5 months already and so far, she's been fine except for two episodes of high fever. When do you stop an almost 5-year-old from running, jumping, shouting, crying, screaming and from having lots of fun before she starts coughing as her lungs can't take all that hyperactivity? Like in everything we do in life, we just have to manage, manage and manage somehow!

Prior to Caitlin being diagnosed as having mild asthma, I had always thought that asthma is a severe lung condition which symptoms are only wheezing and breathlessness , with 'attacks' happening frequently, like when one of my Singaporean cousins turned blue one night umpteen years ago while holidaying at our home in Melaka.

After having experienced it firsthand through Caitlin, we are now more educated about the condition. Thankfully, Caitlin's is currently under control and while she had some episodes of wheezing and bad, chronic coughs in her early days, she has never had any attacks which required us to rush her to the hospital.

Check out this site for more info about this condition.

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