Backstory - student has asthma but no inhaler in clinic or plan on file. He continues to carry inhaler in his backpack even though mom has been told he does not have proper paperwork on file to be a self -carry. He has seen me 4 times before today -twice before school "asthma attack while walking to school" and twice called to the gym for "asthma attack." All 4 times, obvious panic attack and not asthma. Kid just shuts down hyperventilating. I am usually able to call him down, talk with mom, request asthma action plan and inhaler IN CLINIC because kid carries an inhaler but never has it where we can get to it during an "attack" and I refer to the counselor each time and I also as well as recommend further evaluation by pediatrician to get a definitive diagnosis, RINSE, REPEAT!!
Today, called to gym again. Presents just as before and PE coach and myself could not get under control. 20 minutes later he is still slumped over and just keeps saying "I can't. I can't." So, I called 911. He was still slumped over when EMS arrived and still chanting. Mind you, he had not even participated in PE at all when coach called me.
Mom arrived a few minutes later and he was transported to the hospital. Mom just texted me - he was fine by the time he arrived and it was not asthma related at all. But she blames the panic on running in PE and not wanting to take his Inhaler pre-exercise. So, give me an inhaler and a plan and he sees me on way to PE and we take that out of the equation. But, there is some major anxiety and maybe depression with this kid. I hope he gets the help he needs.
I think mom a little perturbed about the 911 call. But, what do you do - sit in the gym all afternoon until kid passes out??? In the back of my mind, I knew because of the non-response I have received from mom and the way the "attacks" have ben progressing that this day would happen and it did! It is sad that it sometimes takes an ambulance transport to get something done
On top of that!!! Mom is an ER nurse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!