They did test his breathing via peak flow and with some other device the specialist brought in. On the meter he initially measured at 185 with 225 after the treatments. Before he left the hospital he was 320 and got up to 360 last night. The goal for his age is 413. However, decreased lung capacity goes along with other diseases/illnesses.
I will also check for the thread about early asthma signs. I have seen that early asthma symptoms mimic cold viruses, but I think it isn't so much an asthma sign but the fact they have a cold that can trigger the attacks, not the other way around. Because if you follow those signs, every person who has an upper respiratory virus potentially has asthma, and that just does not make sense. In searching, a website had a good check list for what you described, broken down into watch, act now, and danger signs. I am trying to educate myself incase he does have asthma, but I am still not feeling it yet.
He has been on Flovent, albuterol, and Zyrtec since Thursday evening. Still coughing fairly often, although not as much and not as congested sounding. No other symptoms, although the tropical storm brough some humidity that bothered him yesterday, but I had trouble breathing and I don't have asthma...it was THICK!
My main concern is still that even if he is asthmatic that they put him on daily preventative. His father, my husband, is an asthmatic (Yes, I know that increases our son's chances) who has not had an attack in about 8 years that is controlled through Zyrtec. His father's asthma is brought on by pollen and cats, to which we have 4. I will bring up the fact to the doctors that I am not keen on him taking inhaled medications if it can be controlled without. Since he is diabetic (that was an easy, obvious diagnosis), I followed the inhaled insulin trials and that didn't fair too well in regards to the health of the lungs. In all fairness, they do not even know how severe he has asthma, if he has it at all. Yes, it can start late in life, but he hasn't had an attack in 13 years, it may be another 13 before he has another one. I don't feel that it is prudent to take Flovent twice a day if he is only going to have an asthma issue once a year that can be controlled by albuterol. If he were to start again with having frequent attacks then I will be the first in line to put him on a preventative.
He has an appointment on the 18th to have allergy testing and a follow up. Tomorrow I am calling my doctor, who has ALWAYS given me good referrals, for a pulmonologist for a second opinion. The attending asthma specialist stated that boys especially will feel fine and sound tight on exam...that they have always had decreased lung function and gotten used to it. As many doctors as my son has been to, he has had the same pediatrician since he was 3 hours old, endocrinologists, emergency medicine, gastronterologists, ENTs, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, not one of them who listened to him thought that anything might be wrong. I know this isn't their specialty, but if you heard this asthma specialist, it was like a used car salesman...trying to appeal to his father how much better he will be at sports once his asthma is controlled. Had to giggle because our son couldn't give two hoots about sports, he is more the scholarly type.
Anyways, long winded...thanks for your advice