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My 6 year old woke up coughing on Tuesday, and so I kept her home from school, she just couldn’t seem to shake it. COme lunch time, she had crashed out on the couch and fell asleep for 3 hours. When she woke up, I gave her some panadol, as she said her head & stomach were hurting. Her sisters arrived home from school & she played with them for about half an hour before retreating back to the couch. I had been administering her ventolin puffer throughout the day, which was helping a little, but not a lot.

I decided to pick up the phone & call a doctor the house, while on hold I took one look at her & thought of taking her straight to hospital. I’m so glad that I did. The line in triage was long, I was holding her in my arms, waiting.

I arrived at the window to speak to the triage nurse, whom took her saturation levels straight away, and she wasn’t getting enough oxygen, they whisked her out of my arms & into an emergency bed immediately.

They started pumping her with ventolin, and other asthma medications. She came good for a minute & then her oxygen levels dropped dramatically, before I knew it, there were doctors & nurses everywhere, trying to get her oxygen levels back up. It took it’s time coming back up, and so she had to be admitted to the children’s ward. She spent 18 hours on oxygen, before she was able to breath room air at a safe level. Asthma is a scary illness, and hard to determine at times. So glad I trusted my Mummy instincts.


Posted by poeticmumma, 29th November 2013


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  • wow very scary. thank god that you listened to yourself. mother knows best.

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  • reading these stories are great

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  • great

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  • Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do.

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  • so glad you had good mummy instincts,asthma is very scary,glad she is ok.

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  • I am so glad she is ok. Mummy instinct is very powerful and I have used it on more than one occasion. Just a gut feeling and it is never wrong.

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  • How scary for you and for your daughter! Good thing you trusted your maternal instinct.

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  • sometimes that gut instinct tells you something just isnt right … no matter how little it seems it pays to inquire

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  • mummy always knows when there is somethign wrong all ways trust your inner thoughts, i hopoe your daughter is feeling better soon x

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  • Never doubt those mummy feelings, well done sometimes they’re easy to miss :)

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