My son has asthma. He was diagnosed when he 2 and 1/2 year old. He was born 5 and 1/2 weeks early and I’m pretty sure that attributed to his asthma.
Whenever he gets sick, his asthma usually flares up. He has never had an actual “asthma attack”. He has problems with exercise induced asthma which makes him cough. A lot. We have been fighting all of the bugs that have been going around. In order to get his asthma under control, the doctor prescribed Prednisone.
Now, our family has had experience with this medicine. My husband took it once and swore he would never take it again. He said it made him want to kill people. Literally. That’s an adult talking.
Now, we are giving this to my 12 year old son. Now, after the five days are over, it’s kind of humerous; but the way he acted while on Prednisone was anything but funny at the time.
Day one: After the first dose, I could tell a huge difference in his attitude. It was like he wasn’t the same kid. He was mean to me, his Dad and his sister. With each additional dose, he was meaner. It was prescribed 3 pills a day for 5 days. The first day we gave him all of them at once. Maybe not such a good idea.
Day Two: We decided to spread the doses out because he seemed to get better (his breathing) and then towards bedtime, he started coughing uncontrollably again. After the second dose, he started complaining that he felt like he was on fire. My husband then told me it had made him really hot when he took it too.
Day Three: Each dose brought on the hateful attitude. It was sad because you could tell he couldn’t control the things he was saying. He told me that he was tired of living in a dump. Our house stinks, he said, inside and out. Now this was after I had mopped and cleaned. It didn’t stink.
Day Four: Oh, we are almost done. I was so thankful that we only had 2 more days. My little boy, who is normally quiet and meek, was loud and mean.
Day Five: Still having hot flashes, crying, uncontrollable attitude. The crying is really getting to me. It doesn’t matter what I say, he cries.
I’m so thankful that we live in a time that we have medication that can help my son breath. But, why can’t they make one that has less side effects?