Hi, Im hoping I can get some clarification. Its late, and Ill call the doctor tomorrow, but Ill ask you all anyway. My 8 year old daughter has asthma, and we recently changed doctors, and he talked to me about O2 sat numbers. We live way up in the mountains, and my daughters usually at about 92-94, but he wasnt satisfied and said it needs to be above 93. My other daughter is consistently higher, but shes not asthmatic. I am supposed to give her Ventolin if shes at 89 or 90…well she's at 90 but shes asleep. Doesnt her O2 go down normally when she sleeps? Also, her peak flow meter reading was great. I hadnt really been checking her with the pulse oximeter regularly because her peak flow meter had shown her consistently strong for several days. I dont know what the right response is, and frankly, Im just worried sick about her all the time. Just when I think shes doing okay, that she's stable, that its going to be fine…something happens that turns everything upside down. I dont want to over react when she seems fine, but I dont want to ignore the instructions either. And I dont understand the instructions…what is the cut-off? Am I supposed to base it on the peak flow meter or the pulse oximeter? I need it in writing, Im too stressed to try to remember. I hate asthma, it makes me so scared I could just cry.
Ok. I dont really expect anyone to advise me tonight, but it helped to let it all out. Ill go check her again and make a decision about waking her up and starting Ventolin. Thanks all.