Isabella’s Story

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Isabella was born in the spring of 2009. She was seemingly healthy until soon after her first birthday when she caught a virus that lingered for months. Her pediatrician prescribed Albuterol and Palma court to be administered several times a day for three months. I feared Isabella would be stigmatized and limited by Asthma prognosis, although the doctor never called it “Asthma”. I was told she had Reactive Airway Disease and would most likely outgrow these conditions.
Isabella’s breathing troubles worsened as time went on, especially around certain times of year or when the weather would change suddenly. We carried her Nebulizer and medicine everywhere we went, stopping whatever we were doing to do a breathing treatment. Often times this would not be enough to ease her breathing struggles leaving the doctor with no choice but to prescribe Prednisone, advising the dangers if it’s not taken exactly as prescribed. I was afraid of the long term effects on Isabella taking such a powerful steroid, but it was our only option at the time. This became ingrained in our daily life so much so, that Isabella could set up her breathing machine, medicine and all, by herself at age 3 ½. She no longer fought taking the oral medications, and took all her meds like a champ. Her Asthma problems hit an all-time high when she was admitted to the hospital for her oxygen levels dipping below 86%, this would happen three more times before things started to improve.
At age 7, Isabella is getting stronger as time passes. She has not had a serious asthma attacked in 6 months. Even then, she recovered in less time than it used to take. Her asthma related problems are getting fewer and further in between. But I know we need to always be prepared for an attack. She has been able to participate in competitive cheer and end the season with a sense of accomplishment. Asthma has affected her in ways that many would never have to deal with, however, this condition has also given her a fierce determination to overcome her struggles and enjoy being a kid.