This is about my asthmatic daughter’s fear of her illness. The first time my 18 year old daughter had her asthma attack was very bad. She was rushed into hospital with severe exacerbations. She was totally shaken out with this experience. This I began to notice when she showed signs of dependency on me and her father. When it was time for me to go for work in the morning she would cling to me asking me to stay back. This was not possible so she asked if she could come along. I ended up taking her with me. At night she brought down a folding bed and settled down on our bedroom floor. When we asked her about sleeping in her own room she said it was unthinkable saying she was scared out of her wits but never told us what the reason was. When I asked her if she was scared if she’ll have an attack if left alone she looked so thrown off, denied it wasn’ t due to that . I don’t think such behavior is healthy for a normal 18 year old girl. She’s been asking to come to work again with me, is this how she’s going to spend her school holidays?
If she’s terrified of having another exacerbation I wanted to do something to help her dispel her fears. She hasn’t told me what’s bothering her till now so I’ve decided to tell her respiratory physician to give her some sort of counselling that will make her feel a lot better. Maybe she’ll open up to him. This is the only way I think can help her. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what more I can do? I would appreciate all help gladly.