Thursday, March 08, 2007
"Doctor Wady"
~"Doctor Wady" and her patient~
Ethan has suffered with asthma for part of his short life, and at times I am at my wit's end attempting to get him to try new ways of dealing with it. He despises meds and any new form of treatment. I am sure part of that is due to the fact he has been jabbed by so many needles and expects new things to be painful. He has come to love his nebulizer because he knows relief will follow a treatment. You can imagine what it is like to carry around all the equipment and try to find an electrical outlet when he needs the mist! For the sake of convenience, I wanted to switch from nebulizer to inhaler. The dilemma - how to convince Ethan this was better!
An idea finally landed, and I put it to use. . .
I donned their doctor garb (It is actually an adult sz small that I found at the thrift store, but I still had quite a time twisting my frame to fit in it.) and was referred to as the "Doctor Wady." (Ethan's version of "Doctor Lady.") It works every time! He is more than willing for me to pretend to be a doctor and take care of him. I was successful in getting him to use the inhaler, and life is much easier. Another good use for the imagination!

  posted at 7:49 AM  

At 10:41 AM, Blogger dorcas said...

What a great idea! You are so creative. Right now I'm trying to figure out the most creative, least painful, and most successful way of getting rid of the attached bottle. Any suggestions of what might work?

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Les said...


I had that issue with pacifiers. What we found that worked with three kids was to treat it as a final priviledge per item. They could use the pacifier for nap, or night time. After the use, they had to throw it away. They knew exactly how many they had left and were able to say good-bye to each one. The first night without any was sad for them, but they accepted it as a part of being "the big boy" that they were becoming. Good luck!

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

Martha, only you would think of that! It's a great idea, although I'm not sure Connor would like it. He likes to wear Daddy's stethoscope and pretend he's poking people with needles!

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Brenda Pardoe said...

Great idea. Glad it worked!!!!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

The photo looks so familiar....We had to use that system with Darrell from the time he was just months old to around 4 years old. I kept the spacer as part of his baby memories. I guess that they didn't have other affordable options when he was a baby. He started on allergy shots at 4-5 years old which was very beneficial and he isn't allergic to anything now. It's been great. I feel for you.

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

Dorcas, up to this point I have not had to deal with that, but I've had an idea in case I needed to "take away" the "cherished" bottle. I thought I would fill it with something gross tasting (not harmful :-) like tomato juice. Hopefully after one swig, the bottle would no longer be cherished! :-)


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