Mav had to go this morning for his 18 month check up. I hoped it would be an in and out kinda visit, but not so much! The first doctor we saw head him cough a little bit. I think this particular doctor is completing her residency. So when we saw the 2nd doctor, the doctor our appointment was with, she listened to his cough and felt of all the bumps on his legs that we were told was probably eczema on a previous visit. Long story short, the doctor listened to him breathe and heard a little bit of wheezing (I'm the mom that should be able to identify a wheeze, but probably couldn't if I had to). Then she asked if he had ever done nebulizer treatments. Remember this.
We have a nebulizer and all the necessary paraphenalia! She also asked if we had any history of asthma in our families. This particular doctor thinks his breathing issues and bumpy, dry skin could all be related. These types of issues are very common in El Paso because 98% of the time the air is very dry. It doesn't help that he's got extremely fair skin! I would say hopefully all of his issues will clear up when we leave El Paso, but that's not scheduled to happen for at least another 2 years or so.
Thankfully, the pharmacy and doctors here at Fort Bliss are very generous when they fill prescriptions! We ended up with 2 large bottles of children's ibuprofen and about 7 - 24 packs of Xopenex. I think these will last us a while! Now I've gotta remember where the nebulizer is! I'm not looking forward to trying to hold Maverick down while I hold the dragon mask on his face. We haven't done this since he was 1 month old so this is sure to be a treat.
One other issue that comes from his new nebulizer treatment routine is that I'll have to go back to the clinic to get his 18 month shots after he gets better. My blood pressure rises just thinking about going to the clinic here at Fort Bliss. I'll just have to arrange to go back when LT can watch Bailey for a little while. I have vowed never to take the 2 of them back into the clinic by myself ever again.