My poor little guy has not been officially diagnosed as asthmatic, but has suffered with reactive airway disease following his premature birth. Since the first time he picked up his trumpet on his fifth birthday, it has amazed me that my child with lungs that frequently cause him great suffering also allow him to blow like he can on his trumpet!
He recently had a really tough spell and ended up being hospitalized. Fortunately, he did not need oxygen, was able to go home the next day and seems to be fully recovered. However, when he picked up his trumpet again, he could tell that it much harder for him to play. After playing a little each day for a few days now, he seems to be getting back to where he was.
But, it leaves me wondering how the breathing issues affect him and his ability to play? Also, I wonder if there is anything special I could/should do for him in relation to the trumpet beyond enforcing a strict nebulizer/allergy med. schedule until winter has passed. If anyone has some asthma/trumpet playing experience, any insight would be appreciated...esp. that of a child perspective.
Here is a little video of some of his new songs, taken just before he got sick earlier this month:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXxywMHxGq0]YouTube - Minuet - Morning - Scarborough Fair[/ame]