My sweet, sweet Joshua has always been a challenge for me.
In the grand scheme of things, he was still relatively healthy, but for me? It was a stressful, exhausting first year with Joshua.
Things improved with Joshua’s second year. We were able to introduce regular food to him and he handled it well. Then at 15 months, he was hospitalized for 3 days with an asthma-like attack.
Joshua did pretty well for the rest of his 2nd year, aside from regular colds and stuffy noses even when he did seem healthy.
At age 2, almost one year after his first hospitalization, it happened again. The wheezing and rapid breathing. We had an inhaler for “just in case” but it wasn’t enough. Back to the hospital. After that, our doctor gave us a nebulizer. We had to use it 2 or 3 times the rest of that winter.
This past year – at age 3 – things kicked up a notch. Joshua has had more frequent asthma-attacks and has had an almost constant runny or stuffy nose. Something was not right.
I took Joshua to see an allergist a few weeks ago. Joshua didn’t like her. And I agreed. Especially after I expressed my fears over possibly needing to go gluten or dairy free with Joshua and how I would manage that with 3 other children and in response, the doctor told me “If you have your child’s best interest in mind, you’ll do it anyways.” Um, yeah, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t his best interest at heart! Bye-bye!
Joshua had an appointment with a different allergist last week. This doctor was very nice. And unlike the other doctor, he listened. They did allergy testing that day and we found out that Joshua is allergic to dogs, cats, trees, and is highly allergic to dust mites.
I also found out that my concerns were well founded. Joshua has needed his inhaler and the oral steroid medication far too often this year. The allergist started him on some preventative daily medication.
It’s a lot to think about.
But on the other hand, I knew Joshua has allergies and at least now, we know what we’re dealing with and can do something to help him feel better.
And the doctor is quite confident it’s not food allergies, so that’s a relief too!
Thanks to the tips and support from the nurses and doctor, we’re working on some changes in our home. We bought special allergy-friendly anti-dust mite mattress and pillow protectors and put those on Joshua’s mattress yesterday. I could be just imagining it, but Joshua seems to be feeling better today. We’re also planning to rip up the carpet in the boys’ room, another recommendation to help with the dust mites and dog and cat dander.
So our journey with Joshua continues…