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Ventolin (Albuterol)

Two years ago one of my asthmatic patients called Robert, who at that time was 14 years old was asked to write an essay at school on the subject of illness. He chose to write about an asthma attack he had experienced a few weeks previously.
I woke up totally unable to breathe. I was in bed, panting away, concentrating totally on how I could get enough air into my lungs. I was not in control of my breathing as this had become totally automatic and I had not been able to slow it down. I realized this was the worst attack I had ever had and the worst I had ever heard of. I was unable to get out of bed and did not have the breath to shout my parents. After another few minutes the attack had shown no signs of subsiding, I suddenly realized that I was in danger. I remember thinking to myself if this goes on much longer I am going to die. I prayed for God to help me and pull me through. At that moment I seemed to become detached from my body and was looking down from the ceiling. It was almost as if someone was telling me I would be alright if I managed to get to my nebulizer. At that moment my mother came in, as she had heard me cry out, and gave me my machine. I quickly recovered and always have the machine at my bedside now in case it happens again.
This description shows how important it is to know the correct treatment to give for a severe attack of asthma. The child is often in a very distressed state and as a parent coherent thought is very difficult.

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