Memorial Day Bash, Parades and Teaching!

We had a 2 day long Memorial Weekend barbecue. It was nice to see old friends, make new ones, and just have a good day in general. I made sure to pre-treat Mariella before the fire…but she DID wake up tight and icky the next day.

One of my friends noticed the bluish hue to her nails, so at least I’m no longer the only one in the world who has seen it. I didn’t grab her O2 level…because, I go into “fix the blue” mode. I know, I know…it’s WHY we have the O2 monitor…I promise to be better next time. I think I need to role play or something, so I don’t brain fart what I’m supposed to do.
Today, the girls walked in our town’s Memorial Day Parade. They are both Girl Scouts, so they walked with their troop. I was GOING to bring the stroller…BUT, Mariella is SIX, and really too old to be riding in the stroller. However, the leader brought a wagon. Mariella did get tight, and asked for a treatment. (it was very warm, and starting to get humid.) So she was able to ride in the wagon for a few minutes while she did her treatment. She actually probably could have walked and nebbed..but since we had access to the wagon…we used it.
I had approached the leader last week about running a meeting to work on an asthma awareness badge that I had found on the Girl Scout website. She was ok with it, and did run it by the parents to see if they objected. Nobody did. One of her fellow Daisy scouts was a little freaked out and worried about Mariella when she was doing her neb, and we explained that sometimes Mariella’s lungs didn’t work the way they were supposed to, and that the machine put medicine in her lungs to help her…so I think a meeting on awareness is very appropriate. My thinking behind it was that if she is in the troop with them for any length of time, the chances are they will see her needing her puffer or a treatment. They need to know that she is going to be ok, and maybe more importantly, she can’t make THEM sick.
I’ve printed off all my materials, and I’m going to look through them. I’m going to bring her nebulizer machine and her O2 monitor and let them look at them, check their O2…I’ll bring my stethoscope, and show them how I listen to her lungs, I’ll bring her puffers to show them her medicine. I’ve already asked Mariella if it’s ok for me to talk about her.
I’ll let you know how it goes when we’re all done. I’m kind of excited about it.

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3 Responses to “Memorial Day Bash, Parades and Teaching!”


  1. 1 kerri May 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Teaching is fun :-). Teaching little kids would be way more fun than teaching boring high schoolers, too.

    I hope everything goes well with the lesson (and, if you need suggestions, you know how to reach me ;-).)

  2. 2 Sarah June 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Teaching is pretty cool (I teach in my martial arts class).

    I hope that your lesson goes well! Maybe you can have Mariella help out with it a bit.

  3. 3 Amy June 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Asthma awareness for her troop is a GREAT idea – every little bit to dispel the misconceptions helps, you know?

    And on a more personal level, the girls will understand her health better & she can feel more comfortable. Everybody wins!

    Let us know how it goes!


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