Day 336

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. – Auguste Rodin

It’s 7: 42 PM on day 336 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, read Endless Jubilee– a blog about the joys of raising a child with Cerebral Palsy I actually cried when I read Chloe helps us truly see who she is — which has nothing to do with what she can do or how her body works. It’s a blessing to see a person in this light, outside of how society determines a person’s value. There is so much more to all of us than what we can do or cannot do. (an excerpt from Chloe 101) because that’s all I’ve ever wanted from family, friends and even strangers– tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – no luck – feed myself hotdog for breakfast, hang out with my brother who stayed home from school because he was sick, feed myself rice and curry for lunch, watch TV, feed myself oranges for dinner and brush my teeth once more.

At 10 PM last night my brother was rushed to the hospital – he had an asthma attack – and although he’s fine now – THANK the LORD – I figured it would be a shame to let his suffering go to waste so I compiled a list of symptoms that your child with asthma might present with. Take a look:

Asthma in Children – Symptoms

Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. Your child may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often your child has symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:

• Wheezing, a whistling noise of varying loudness that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes ) narrow.
• Coughing, which is the only symptom for some children.
• Chest tightness.
• Shortness of breath, which is rapid, shallow breathing or difficulty breathing.
• Sleep disturbance.
• Tiring quickly during exercise.

If your child has only one or two of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean he or she has asthma. The more of these symptoms your child has, the more likely it is that he or she has asthma.

An asthma attack occurs when your child’s symptoms suddenly increase. Factors that can lead to an asthma attack or make one worse include:

• Having a cold or another type of respiratory illness, especially one caused by a virus, such as influenza.
• Exercising (exercise-induced asthma), especially if the air is cold and dry.
• Exposure to triggers, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, dust mites, or animal dander.
• Changes in hormones, such as during the start of a girl’s menstrual blood flow at puberty.
• Taking medicines, such as aspirin (aspirin-induced asthma) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

(Note: I am not a doctor the list above is courtesy of WebMD)

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