My “Stupid” Asthma Dad Day

Even the best of us can have our “Stupid” moments. Yep! I had one of those recently. And it would be one thing if it were just me affected by my stupidity. But, this time it wasn’t me: it was my 8-year-old Myles. He was the one who had to suffer.

For the record, he’s fine. We made it through just fine. In fact, that’s his words exactly:

“Um, I’m fine, Dad!” He said, albeit through an expiratory wheeze.

Here’s what happened!

My 9-year-old daughter (it was her birthday recently, by the way. She will be 10 by the time this is published) had a soccer tournament. It was an hour and 20-minute drive to the games in Muskegon, Michigan. Since my brother Dan lives only 45 minutes from the field, I figured we’d spend the night at his house.

When I told my kids about these plans they were excited. My brother Dan is my fun brother. He is a serious gamer. He has every game you can think of. I'm talking board games, pink pong, and billiards. I”m talking every game system from Atari to Nintendo, and from X-Box to Playstation 4. Like, he has them all.

So, the kids were excited to go. The problem is Dan also has 2 dogs. He also was thrilled to tell me he was going to have a fire going in the fireplace. So, there were obvious allergy and asthma triggers in his house.

As usual, I planned ahead.

This asthma expert/asthmatic/asthma dad planned ahead as usual. He packed all of his asthma medicine. He also packed allergy medicine for himself and his three asthmatic children. He packed adult and children’s allergy medicine. He packed bottle after bottle, box after box, and stuffed them into gallon storage bags. He then set them in the laundry basket he was using as a suit case (Note to self: purchase suitcase).

It’s almost embarrassing all the stuff I pack when we travel. Like, sometimes I get teased about being a pharmacist. But, better to be over prepared than to travel unprepared. Like, I’ve experienced horrible asthma attacks on the road before. Like, I’ve had horrible allergy attacks before too. And, some of these times I went unprepared. Not fun! And that's a story for another day.

So, I prepare big time! No joking around with what we live with. Thankfully, my asthma is very controlled. All of my kids have very controlled asthma/ allergies too. Like none of them take medicines on a daily basis. The main reason for this, I think, is because we keep allergy-asthma trigger free homes. Like, we are good asthma parents.

Except, like, not me on this day.

Can you guess what I forgot?

Yep. That’s right: Ventolin!

Like, it doesn't get used like it used to.

Myles started sniffling and sneezing. I gave him Children’s Allergy Medicine. It did seem to work. But, then he got very tired very early. Like, that’s when I realized I gave him Benadryl. Good for allergies. Not good for staying awake. (That was my other asthma-dad blunder).

As I was lying down with him, I observed he was wheezing. I said, “How are you feeling? Are you breathing okay?”

“Um, I’m fine, Dad!” He said. (exhale -- wheeze!)

He was audibly wheezing all night. Every once in a while he took in a deep breath, alerting me to the fact that his airways were open. Still, it was difficult to sleep for the asthma dad on his “Stupid” asthma dad day turned into night.

What to make of this? Note here that Myles woke up with his typical smile the next day. He moved his pajama laden barefoot body quickly to the game room. He turned on the Wii U and drifted right into Mario Cart. He and his sister had a blast until we had to leave. So, things turned out fine despite my blunder.

But, this reminded me to make a note to self. I have devised a list of things to make sure to pack. On top of this list is Ventolin. You wouldn’t think I of all people wouldn’t need such a note. But, here it is in all its glory.

So, we are all normal. We make blunders. The key is to learn from them and move on. Right? What do you think?

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