Greg’s Hospital Stay #4

Poor little Greggles has been suffering again. He has asthma. Well, they all call it ‘asthma-like-symptoms‘ because he’s too young for an official diagnosis. We all know it’s asthma though; Accidental Hipster Dad and I both have it and suffer moderate symptoms. He’s definitely asthmatic.

What scares me the most about his breathing problems is that they come on so quickly. On the morning of our hospital stay we were all getting ready for a family day out to The Deep. By lunch we were in the waiting area at A&E.

Greg had been snuffly for a few days, coughed a little in the night on Friday and woken up almost completely fine on the Saturday. By mid morning he was struggling, by 11:30 his inhaler hadn’t worked, his breathing was incredibly laboured and his temperature had shot up.

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Usually, when we reach A&E we are ushered straight through and given the nebuliser and some oxygen while they sort the paperwork to admit us to the ward. This time, we waited a long time in waiting area before we were triaged. After triage we got a bed but still no treatment. After three hours in A&E a doctor came to see us but didn’t check his oxygen saturation because it had been 94% in A&E. (Oxygen sats should be around 98% in a healthy person, in the past when Greg has been admitted they were usually 89% then we’d get sent home at 93%).

After a fourth hour another doctor came and finally treated him because his oxygen saturation had dropped to 89%, as per previous visits. Greg wasn’t very happy about being treated and kept crying and saying ‘bye-bye’ to the doctor. Lucky a pretty, young nurse popped down from the paediatrics ward and Greg’s mood brightened.

Greg is quite possibly the reincarnation of a slightly sexist middle aged man. He’s surly towards male staff but flirts his head off when a pretty lady comes near him. He’s even been known to shout “Bye-bye pretty lady!” after dealing with some of his favourite nurses.

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He did quite a bit of nap/cuddling in A&E


We didn’t actually make it to the ward until 5, so it had been quite a long and distressing day for us all (considering we’d checked in at A&E at 12:30). We were really relieved to find the nurse had listened to us and got us a cot.

Normally when we stay in the hospital we have fight for a cot, I think it’s because Greg is so big for his age. He’s two and the staff want him to have a bed (which we’ve tried, but it just doesn’t work).

The problem with a bed is that Greg is basically feral when he’s well. When all he’s suffering from is breathing difficulties, the minute the steroids and whatever else have worked, he feels completely fine. To add to his sudden recovery, the Salbutamol they give him to help his breathing sends kids hyperactive.

One stay when we had trouble getting a cot, Greg spent the night running up and down (and round and round) the ward. By 1 am we were ready to check him out and bring him back in the morning because he was diving headfirst out of his bed and we just couldn’t contain him. He was having his inhalers two-hourly which meant the ‘high’ had no hope of wearing off.

I can’t stress enough how glad I was to get a cot. To him a cot is a cue to sleep, and a bed is a bouncy castle!

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Greg livin’ it up in A&E and flirting with the nurses.

The story is pretty anticlimactic at this point. By morning all of his steroids had stabilised him; they observed him until teatime and sent him home. He’s getting better now and we’re still giving him his drugs.

I think it’s easier for me to cope with because I have asthma and when I was little I had similar medicine. I feel positive that it will eventually stabilise and he should lead a completely normal life.

The biggest fear for me while he is so young is the sudden deterioration he experiences. I worry when he has a cold that he’ll get much worse in the night and I won’t realise he’s struggling until morning. So far we’ve been lucky and had great treatment from the NHS.

All I can really do is watch him closely and do everything I’ve been told to.

Do any of your children have asthma? I’d love to hear from other mums in the same boat. Tell me in the comments!

Mummy Times Two


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22 thoughts on “Greg’s Hospital Stay #4

  1. Oh you poor thing, there is nothing more horrible than watching your children be poorly and he has been through it hasn’t he. He still keeps a smile on his face though – pure class!

  2. Ooh this really scares me! Both my brother and I have asthma and he had it bad as a kid. I still go hyper if I have salbutamol!! Poor little Greg and you all too! Hope he avoids too many of these incidents and the meds stabalise him quickly.

    1. It’s scary isn’t it? I love that salbutamol still makes you hyper! Hopefully he’ll get better as he gets bigger, poor boy x

  3. Our eldest has Asthma – a seasonal cough presenting form. So unlike Greg she hasn’t really suffered with low Oxygen levels or struggled with breathing, BUT it means she coughs all night from September to February… it’s a hard thing to watch your little one unwell, and with asthma it’s frightening how quickly they can deteriorate.

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub and glad Greg is doing okay now, he’s a cutie!

    x MMT

  4. Hi! Im so sorry about your experiences. My daughter is 4 and ever since she was 1, we have had exactly the same problem. It gradually got worse and since she was 2 and half we was in every few weeks to a few months. Sometimes in for days. Our longest was 6 days in high dependency and was on special oxygen. She was extremely poorly. The same as you, she couldn’t officially be diagnosed with asthma. It got as bad as she would need her inhaler up to 10 times for just walking up the stairs. She couldn’t run, play or even walk properly without having problems. She would sometimes stop breathing for a few moments and that was the scariest time of my life. All this has resulted in us loosing our first family home due to complaints of crying at night time. It was awful. We recently have just had our last hospital appointment and they gave her a 7 day course of amoxicillin. After the antibiotics she is like a completely different child. She can run, play and she hasn’t needed to have her inhaler apart form her puffs in the morning and the night. It’s crazy. I really hope you get the answers you need. They where suggesting that she go on oxygen full time etc and now its so different.
    Sending all my love.
    Becca x
    Mwah x

  5. So glad he is ok. My son had asthma like problems when he was young they called it hypersensitive lungs in Holland as will not diagnose asthma at a young age. He grew out of the problems when he was around 6. It was scary as I can remember how quickly they can deteriorate! Thank you for sharing this with #ablogginggoodtime 🎉 i Hope you find some people who can help

  6. I am so glad he is doing better. I don’t have children, but I know my husband was a severe asthmatic as a child and I have heard stories of how hard it can be. Hopefully he will out grow it as he gets older, but either way I cannot image the stress on you and your partner. Stay positive!

  7. My little one has had some trouble since she she was born but we haven’t had asthma fully diagnosed. She just has nights where she can’t even lie flat. I can imagine full blown asthma must be a horror. #coolmumclub

    1. It’s such a pain, I wish they would just get on with a diagnosis, he’s medicated every day. I hope your daughter grows out of it! x

  8. Sending so much love to you. My brother also has asthma, and spent a lot of time in and out of hospital when he was younger. My mum used to share many of your worries. As an adult he now copes much better though. #PostsFromTheHeart

  9. Oh no, it sounds so scary. Glad to hear he his doing better and I love that photo of his cheeky little face. I can understand about the cot situation. If my youngest was put in a bed he would be jumping off it and running around too!
    Thanks for linking up to #ForTheLoveofBLOG

    1. I’m so glad someone else has a child that would do that. All the nurses seemed surprised! I didn’t think Greg was that unusual! x

  10. They wouldn’t diagnose Harry for years until i went to go get him from nursery one day and he was mid asthma attack ! That was just over 12 months ago and we now manage it with 2 inhalers and he is doing really well. I know what you mean about the steroids though. While we were in hospital with him it was like dealing with a mini Hulk Hogan . ha ha

    1. Haha they suddenly become insane, don’t they? I’m glad you got a diagnosis but that must have been so scary! Greg has an inhaler and a tablet I have to crush and hide his food (like when you give cats worming tablets haha) kids do nothing but worry us! x

  11. Oh bless him, he’s such a cutie I bet the nurses love him. I remember my lad having asthma from a young age. It would come on quickly but you soon get to learn the signs. I’ve sat by his bedtime when he was having signs (coughing, laboured breathing) and often called an ambulance in the middle of the night. I’ve also sat in a cubicle for hours but they did give him a nebuliser while he sat their on my lap. He was in and out of hospital all the time for nearly five years, then it just stopped and he was fine. He’s 29 now and only has an inhaler for ‘just in case’ he’s not had another attack since childhood.

    1. That’s a promising story then, I’m hoping my boy will either grow out of it, improve, or find a drug that will help with it. They deteriorate so fast, it’s so scary! x

  12. Oh gosh what a worry, I can so relate to this. My eldest has asthma and between the age of 2 and 10 we were in hospital at least once a month with severe asthma attacks, it was terrifying! He seemed to grow out of it around 10 but last year it became worse again and we have had several attacks over the last few months. I also have asthma, although I only developed it when pregnant! #postsfromtheheart

    1. How scary for you! It must have been so difficult when you’ve got other kids to take care of too! I’m lucky because my mum steps in for my daughter and she has a bed for her in an emergency, if I had some more babies, I’d really be stuck! I hope they sort your eldest out. When I was about 12 I remember my asthma being really bad and they kept trying me on lots of different drugs until we found something to stabilise it. It’s a scary illness that a lot of people just brush off!

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