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Bubbles, bears and cards – volunteers and staff make hospital a bit less scary for two-year-old asthma sufferer

Maddison is now feeling much better. Pictured right: Maddison with the doll given to her by a volunteer.

It all started with a cold for two-year-old Maddison and escalated to an asthma attack, which saw the Langwarrin toddler rushed to the Frankston Hospital Emergency Department (ED) for treatment.

“She’d had a cold for a few days and on Saturday morning she woke up coughing and wheezing, and was having a bit of an asthma trigger,” recalls her mother, Kimberly Rose.

“We started treating her at home with her Ventolin and her normal preventatives and it just got worse and worse throughout the day.”

When Maddison wasn’t improving with the medication, Kimberly decided to take her to Frankston ED.

It is Asthma Awareness Week and Peninsula Health is encouraging everyone to follow Kimberly’s lead and know asthma first aid.

“Maddison had deteriorated in the car on the way and she was in a full blown asthma attack by the time we got to Emergency,” recalls Kimberly.

“We were quite stressed when we got there but a volunteer came up to us straight away and got the triage nurse. They started treating her immediately.”

Maddison spent around eight hours in the Emergency Department while they stabilised her before admitting her to the Children’s Ward.

This was Maddison’s third visit to Frankston Hospital with asthma this year. Before that she had never had asthma or experienced any symptoms at all.

“It’s just viral induced most of the time but she’s on preventatives so we keep it under control,” says Kimberly.

“We tried really hard not to have to come back but we did.”

When Maddison was on the ward, her spirits were significantly brightened by one of the volunteers.

“An older gentleman came and gave her this little doll, talked to her, did a puppet show for her and then he came back and made her a little Get Well Soon card,” says Kimberly.

“He did it for all the children and it was just lovely. Maddie thought it was great – it cheered her up when she was a bit miserable and over being poked and prodded. It really made it a more pleasant experience for her.”

Kimberly says the care her daughter has received at Peninsula Health has been wonderful.

“The nurses on the Children’s Ward would blow bubbles and distract her every time they needed to do her observations or the paediatrician needed to see her.”

“All the staff members took that extra little step to make it pleasant for her – it was really nice, we’re very thankful.”

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More information on Asthma First Aid is available via the Better Health Channel