Asthma by Anonymous
I am a mother who is at her wits end with the medical
profession and the personal opinions of politicians. My 17-year-old daughter was born in Virginia and due to
complications in labor and my family history of allergies developed severe
asthma that went undetected until she was 15 months old. She was on the nebulizer, inhalers, liquids, pills from that
age forth. I moved her to
Memphis in 1992 and her condition worsened.
She have seen most all of the SPECIALISTS in Memphis.
These SPECIALISTS altered her treatment meds and schedules,
introduced new meds, performed painful allergy testing, in general, and
screwed up her poor mind, body and lungs.
She has been on daily steroids (10mg/am) for 8+ years now.
She has developed fibrocystic breast disease from the one-year
treatment of Unidur and now caffeine isn't in her diet.
She also suffers from a stomach lining and digestive problems from
the steroid use. Her only meds
to date that she tolerates and helps to maintain her are: Prednisone 10mg in
the mornings, Ventolin inhaler (when needed) (one inhaler will last 3 weeks
max), Ventolin solution diluted with saline and administered through her
nebulizer (used as 15 to 30 minutes treatments with flare ups) and Accolate
20mg twice daily.
We have been on our own in her treatment since I lost my
insurance i.e. Her last emergency trip and resulting admittance was the
worst yet. There wasn't any of
the usual testing or chestx-rays, just an increase in her steriods to 100 mg
with Ventolin inhalations every 2 hours for a total of 5 treatments in the
emergency room. After she was
admitted they continued the treatments twice more and then changed to every
4 hours. She wasn't open enough
to get a peakflow reading, walk herself to the bathroom or eat. Her condition had worsened when she was released within 24
hours of being admitted. We had
to take her home and begin yet another of OUR treatments.
I have been FORCED to look else where for help and I have chosen
herbals to help ease her pain from her Fibrocystic breast disease to her
severe leg cramps to her numerous digestive problems.
She gained to 175 pounds then dropped to 105 from the cruel side
effects of steroids. I have her
on 1000mg of vitamin C and E as well as Borage oil for her breast. She's unable to tolerate most vitamins, foods, liquids and
When we got my daughter home, we went right into OUR
treatments of alternating the Ventolin inhalations with shotguns of
marijuana. She begin coughing
up phelm with 30 minutes (total of 3 shotguns and her 30 minute treatment).
She coughed up a coffee cup FULL of phlegmm and mucus within 12
hours. She managed to get a
peakflow reading of 350(550 is her high) and slept for 18 hours.
She awoke feeling hungry and breathing with ease and her peaekflow
soared to 460 by that evening. We had to slowly decrease her steroids back to her 10mg.(took