Patience(As-Sabr) is essential and rewarding when difficulties arise. I had to be patient in understanding my son's condition and accept that its fatal if not treated.Though my son's Asthma is categorized as moderate not severe. Last week's asthma episode was scary.
Nabeel,my 5 year old intelligent handsome boy was very sick recently. He is incredibly active and naughty like any kid his age, but some days are tough for him. He was excited about full-time Kindergarten. Had a wonderful start ,he was quick in learning every classmate's name with spelling and was enjoying his outdoor activities .But seasonal allergies have started kicking in with the change in weather. Was it the seasonal change or unhealthy snacking at school or exposure to germs or irregular exercise routine or his mom's bad decision to stop his daily asthma medicine ?one or all of these could have triggered his worst asthma symptoms. Looked like a bad cold the night before he had the asthma flare-up .Next morning we could not bear the sight of him gasping for breathe and very restless due of lack of oxygen in the body. His quick relief medicine wasn't helping . We had to rush him to the Emergency Room, quick injection of Steroids and oxygen , was assuring that he was in safe hands. He was soon out of danger(Alhamdulillah)! .He is home now after 2 days in hospital.
Nabeel's asthma nearly changed our lives since he was diagnosed with it when he was 4. No doctor tells us to watch for his diet , they just prescribe the medicines. But I learned from health books, diet change is essential along with the medicines to cure a condition like Asthma(or any inflammatory conditions like heart disease,arthritis,allergies and even cancers). I put him on restricted diet with no candies ,processed foods,sugary buttery foods or juices and eating mostly health foods .He does Yoga and some breathing exercises with me to keep active. He absolutely loves ice-cream,candies like any other kid, but sadly , mommy never buys those for him. We almost never eat out, eat mostly home-made food .
Nabeel loves the baked breads , muffins ,goodies i bake besides the spicy Indian food. He is the inspiration for starting this blog about health foods.
Blueberry Almond Banana Muffins is one his favorite muffin he packs for lunch to school.
Asthma can be diagnosed at any age, common in children 3-8 years. Some grow out of it ,which is called childhood asthma. We hope and pray(Inshallah) Nabeel grows out of asthma like most kids do.