Today we met up with the Allergy and Asthma Specialist for Hayley, this was a doctor we had seen a year before for Hayley's allergies. We went over everything that has been going on recently with the pneumonia and the how she had been feeling leading up to that. This appointment went really well because the doctor listened to everything I had to say and really shared my concerns about Hayley. About her fatigue, moodiness, coughing and other changes. He listened when I told him that her teacher had told me that she had also noticed changes in Hayley's demeanor.
It's been a difficult month and then some going back and forth to the doctor. As a parent, I have to be the voice for my child. I don't want to feel like a burden, but I want my daughter to get to best care and I want her to feel better. I want her to feel like her old self. I want her to feel like a kid. I want her to have that typical kid energy without getting overly tired and cranky. Because the six year old attiude gets old really quickly. After going through Hayley's history this past year and her decline over the past few months, he decided there was a pretty good chance she had developed mild asthma. After his diagnosis, it was time for the skin test for allergies. Poor Hayley, was not thrilled.
She began to cry, but I remained calm so she wouldn't panic. She's been through so much the past few weeks, I've seen her poked more times than I would have liked, but I know it's been for the best. I also know she's getting fed up with all of it. Luckily, the nurse was quick and the test was done. Hayley picked out a cotton candy sucker through her tears. And still, only two allergies. Cat and dog. Yes, I know we have one of each. And no, we have no plans or getting rid of either one of them. The doctor didn't recommend it at this point. So please, if you have an opinion about, keep it to yourself. Hayley knows to wash her hands after she plays with the dog or cat.
So, for now, the doctor wants to treat her agressively. She was perscribed an inhaler to treat the asthma and a few medications for her allergies. There are also a couple other measures incase of colds or activies. Hopefully, this will get us headed a good direction and get our summer started. It's been rough. It's been stressful. But we're getting through it it. And soon Hayley will be back to her old self. It's just taking a lot longer than we thought. And we're a little impatient.