Here is a short story of Shane's asthmatic background. He began receiving breathing treatments at the age or 2 months. He was diagnosed with asthma by the age of 1. By his first birthday, I was giving him 7 medications orally and the nebulizer.after 4 hospitilizations by the age of 2, I began to wonder what his life would hold. He was always a hyperactive child but I never knew if that was his personality or if it was the side effects of the medications. He was on every different asthma medication available at the time to keep him breathing. Oral medication wasn't always enough. He was hospitalized again at the age of 5, this time to the intensive care unit. He started Kindergarten, bloated, swollen and 10 pounds over weight from the steroids he had been on for over 30 days. If all the medication wasn't enough, the allergists were constantly doing allergy testing to try to resolve his asthmatic reactions. He has been allergy tested 4 times. Doctors tried to reassure me that he would outgrow his asthma. Shane was on steroids for his asthma attacks at least 5-10 times per year for the first 10 years of his life.
When Shane was 5, our family relocated to Tampa, FL. His asthma continued but seemed to improve some. His attacks weren't as severe but we continued on the preventative medications daily. Then, after 2 1/2 years, we moved further South to Ft. Myers. Shane's asthma didn't like the move! By age 10, still taking the daily medications, he had another severe attack requiring hospitalization. Allergy testing was once again completed but was unable to pinpoint the reaction for Shane's attack. The medication this time was so strong, he was shaking constantly and his heart would race. This is when I decided it was time to try something different.
At the recommendation of a friend, I started taking Shane for regular weekly visits to Dr. Joel Miller. Shane continued his daily medication for the first 6 months of care with Dr. Miller. Eleven moths after we started, Shane was medication free for the first time in his life! Let me say that again...for the first time in my son's life he doesn't have to wake up in the morning and puff two inhalers, two times each. And then be reminded every night at bedtime to redo the same inhalers plus a pill. He doesn't miss 10-15 days of school a year because of asthma. We don't visit the pulmonologist's office constantly anymore from September to May. I no longer have to call the pulmonologist expressing my concerns about Shane's growth being stunted from all the steroids he has been on in his life.
My son now has an active life without the daily medication intake. No, I don't think he has outgrown his asthma. I just believe we have found a much better way to treat it! And I keep thinking of all the money I am going to save without the frequent doctor visits and prescription refills. I just wish I would have started chiropractic treatment much, much sooner. Dr Joel, I cannot thank you enough for making Shane's life so much better! Now we can both breathe easier.