My Least Favorite Thing About Fall

To every thing, there is a season.

And something to love about every season.  (Most of the time.)

Fall was my favorite of all the seasons.  To me, it meant cooler weather, shorter days, leaves on the ground, apples, pumpkins and Thanksgiving.

But then I moved to Mexico.

Don't get me wrong.  There is still much to love about Fall in Mexico.  We too have cooler weather and shorter days, along with the added bonus of corn season and guasanas.

But to me, Fall in Mexico also means allergies and asthma.  For both me and my 12 year old son, Nick.

So far this season, I've been pretty lucky.  (Knock on wood!)  I've only had one big asthma crisis, but nothing a couple of shots of glucocorticoid steroids couldn't cure.

Nick hasn't been so lucky.

His asthma has been acting up on a weekly basis.

He's had his shots.   He's taking his medications.  And he always carries his inhaler.  But he still has his bad days. 

At least once a week.  And it's always worse at night.

The poor kid isn't able to get much sleep on those nights because of the constant coughing and wheezing.  Hubby and I don't get much sleep either, because we take turns to watch over him and keep him company, curled up on the couch and watching late-night cartoons.  We almost lost him once to pneumonia, so bad nights like tonight really worry us.  

When Nick is finally able to fall asleep, he wakes up a couple of hours later feeling ten times better and is able to go on for days, playing and running around like nothing happened.  

Those are my favorite days.

But then it happens all over again.

It's like riding a roller coaster over and over and over again.

And it's the thing I dread the most every Fall and Winter.


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24 comments

  1. Well... I can see why you don't like it! I wouldn't be looking forward to fall either! I hope this is a good enjoyable fall (and winter) and hopefully you will not have any more bad memories from it! Hugs Amiga!

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  2. I know how scary it is to watch you child struggle for a breath.  As a fellow asthma suffer have you looked into Singulair; it has been a God Sent for me and my siblings.  I assume you two are using inhaled steroids a couple a times a day to reduce the inflammation in your lungs.  [[HUGS]] 

    (Nervous Chuckle)  I think I will go fire up my nebulizer just to be sure it still runs and I have all the supplies I need for it.

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  3. Allergies are the worst because as much as you may want to go outside and enjoy the day, you know you have to deal with itchy eyes and a runny nose.  :( 

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry. That sounds like a whole lot of worry and not very much fun. May he stay healthy and strong.

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  5. I really miss falls up north.  Clear days with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.  It makes you good to feel alive.  There is something about 92 degree weather in November that makes me think more of flesh rotting on the bone.

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  6. Hoping that the Fall is better than in prior years.  I too raised a child with asthma.  Thankfully my child was cured by the time they went to High School.

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  7. Poor kid =( Here's to a speedy season!

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  8. Wishing you both more good allergy free days. {hugs}

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  9. Oh man I'm so sorry. It's such a scary thing dealing with asthma. Because of our allergies we have to be wary of houses with cats and what we eat, and carry the asthma pump in case it gets bad. But dealing with your child having it too? So very scary.

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  10. Ugh I suffer from allergies too, but since I started using a neti pot to clean my sinuses the allergies are not so bad. 

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  11. I really feel for you, Leslie! I had bad asthma issues as a child but thankfully grew out of them as I got older. I definitely remember the coughing, wheezing and sleepless nights. Even now, when the seasons change, I sometimes have a few days where I wheeze. And when I visit Mexico City in the winter, I always bring an inhaler as a precaution because of the altitude. Hang in there! Have you guys tried regular allergy shots?

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  12. Thank you, Mami!  From your lips to God's ears! :)  

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  13. I think that watching your child struggle for every breath is one of the worst feelings in the world. 

    We used Singulair for a couple of years, but then had to switch to stronger meds. We're both using Combivent for our inhalers and nebulizer.  

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  14. Gracias, Paloma!  It's this time of year that makes us thankful for the good days, when we're not sick. :)  

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  15. That is my greatest wish right now, that my son's asthma will disappear as he gets older.  My husband suffered from asthma as a child, and says that cycling has helped "cure" him. :) 

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  16. All 4 of our kiddies have asthma to some varying degree.  It's almost non-existent in my 2 youngest ones.  And my oldest only gets sick when we're in the U.S.  

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  17. this sounds exactly what we are going through with Solo. How was Nick diagnosed? By an allergist? We are thinking our little guy has asthma or allergies or both. :/

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  18. Leslie, te mando un abrazote. Asthma really scares me. It sounds like your son's gets really serious. You must have to keep a nebulizer in the house, right? The couple times our son has come down with pneumonia and had to take liquid cortisone, have pushed me to the edge of motherhood. Hang in there, amiga. Pronto pasará el invierno. The docs say the kids improve with age. I'm praying that true.

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  19. Poor kid.  There is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer.  I know it sounds gross, but Salvadorans swear that turtle blood cures asthma.  Supposedly my husband suffered as a kid until drinking some.  EEWW!

    Off subject: I am trying to check out your cooking blog (I might poach some recipes for my business) but none of the links work.  Would you mind sending me a link rubi1904@aol.com  Thanks.

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  20. The turtle blood does sound gross, but I don't find it all that shocking.  I wrote a post last year about some of the strange home remedies that have been suggested to us, including dried skunk lung tea! Ewww! :P  You can read about it here http://www.motherhoodinmexico.com/2010/09/what-is-that.html 

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  21. Nick was diagnosed by an allergist in Guadalajara.  In our case, we have both asthma and allergies.  It starts with the allergies, but quickly develops into an asthma crisis. :P  

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  22. Gracias por el abrazo, Ezzy! :)  We do keep a nebulizer in the house because both mine and Nick's asthma can get real bad.  The funny thing is that we bought it to use with Jack when he was a baby. But after the age of 2, he's never used it again. :P  

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  23. Leslie, just discovered your non-cooking blog! Loving it! And love love love that you mentioned guasanas. Nobody outside of Guadalajara has ever understood what a guasana is when I try to describe them. Yay for steamed guasanas in a bolsita con limón y sal!
    I really hope and your son you have many asthma & worry free days. It sounds pretty scary. If you´re interested in trying a new approach, just ask. My husband had terrible asthma crises because of my cat and now he even sleeps with him acostado sobre su cabeza. :D

    Will keep reading!
    Sue

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  24. Regular check-ups will help detect illness as well. Though it helps to maintain a healthy body.

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