In March 2008 at 18 mos old my son was hospitalized w/ RSV and pneumonia. We spent 6 days in the hospital and 5 of which on oxygen. He was sent home after he made it through 24 hrs off of the oxygen. All seemed fine.
October he came down w/ a normal cold/fever. Within 2 hours we had to rush him to the ER as he was very drowsy and unable to stay away and I could tell that he was breathing funny like he had just months before in March. His stomach was working extra hard to breath. We arrived at the docs office and he o2 stats were 82. A few breathing treatments, oxygen and a dose of steriods and he was fine to go home.
Xmas eve he was running and playing and perfectly fine. He again had a slight cold/runny nose that day and back to the ER we were. His stats were at 76 this time. Again with the breathing treaments, steriods, chest xray and oxygen. Found out he had bronchiolitis.
March 2009 I woke up to my son breathing very hard again, gave him his treatments at home and continued to do so throughout the day. He wasn't getting any better and I took him to the docs office where by this time he had become unresponsive. Again with the breathing treatments, oxygen, a shot of steriods and still, nothing. We were rushed by ambulance to the hospital where they kept him 3 days. We have a wonderful doctor and all along she's had the idea that he has asthma, sent us to the allergist, etc. She's been very on top of his condition and set us up to see the pulminologist.
After seeing the specialist we were sent home w/ oxygen tanks and an pulsox. Because my son does not have the 'normal' asthma triggers or signs he crashes very fast. I was wondering if anyone else had a similar story or could this be something else and not asthma at all. The only time he has ever had an attack is when he is sick with a cold, runny nose or a cough. Once he has any of these symptoms it's usually that evening that he is unable to breath. I have no idea what is going on. We are being sent for a CT scan so I'm hoping that will shed some light.
Thanks for your help and suggestions.