1526More info for Austin!
- Dec 4, 2004Carolyn,
OMG! I can't believe that they basically wrote Austin off. SOOOOOO
FRUSTRATING! It's unfortunate that they only rely on what they can
find on the web or the literature and don't look any farther!
Javad starting getting respiratory treatments when he was a baby. He
continues to get these during the day. We use a nebulizer to give
him atrovent and albuterol nebs (Duoneb is best because it combines
the 2 meds...we also have albuterol as a fast acting
bronchodialator.) We use the nebulizer in combination with PEP
(Positive exhalation pressure). These two are connected and the PEP
is attached to oxygen. It provides positive pressure which opens up
all of the bronchi in the bases of the lungs. Thos who are on a
ventilator do this with the PEEP, but I know Austin is not treached
(like Javad) and this has been incredibly helpful! In April he was
put on bi-pap at night. THis is like getting a respiratory treatment
for 8 hours. It has been amazing. This has strengthened his chest
wall and his lungs. He has made is through colds and I see him
improve in strength. He wears a nasal mask when the pressure is
delivered and the bi-pap can be set at a rate so he can sleep better
and totally relax. It has been a gift! I think this is one avenue
that will keep him from geting trached at least for a long period of
If they end up getting bipap for Austin, let me know because I get a
special mask from Canada (better than they have here because its
easier on his face!) that's not available in the US.
Javad also is involved in the county early intervention program. I
think that they shuld have a program like that where Lisa and Fred
live. They should call the county and see how they can get him
evaluated (he'll qualify!). They come to our house and do physical
therapy, speech therapy, etc. It's great!
Don't ever give up on Austin. Our boys have proved the doctors wrong
again and again! We are here to give info when you need it! I hope
that this has been helpful!
PS Did I already ask if Austin has a nissen fundoplication? THis has
really helped with Javad's reflux!
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