Breathing Easy

In all the ruckus of last week (doing Rob’s job and checking Rio every 5 minutes to make sure she was still breathing), I forgot to mention Declan had a asthma checkup. He was able to blow in their air-strength-checker thingee (I really don’t think that is the technical term, though) – and got a 110%! First of all, the doc was thrilled he was able to do the air-strength-checker-thingee (ASCT for short) at all… he said many of his patients can’t do the ASCT till 5, 6, or even 7 years of age. And secondly, the ASCT showed that Declan’s lungs can BLOW, man. Basically, the doc wants us to keep up his nightly breathing treatments through April (as in, cold season) and then we’ll try going off them. If Declan keeps clear, we may not even have to go back on the treatments for next winter and thus, will have outgrown the asthma.

So, what, do you ask, made such a marked improvement in his lung capacity?

Balloon animals.

Totally serious.

The doc says he is totally going to prescribe them to all his patients from here on in. But here’s the big question – where does one actually fill a prescription for a blown-up and folded wiener dog?

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