Tye Adams, 7, received his first breathing treatments when he was 2 months old. By the time he turned 2 years old, Tye was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia, and his doctor in Texas was running out of treatment options for his asthma, sinus and reflux problems.
“I remember the doctor said, ‘I don’t know what else to do,’” Tye’s mother, Greta, recalls.
The family wasn’t sure where to turn next when a friend recommended they look into National Jewish Health.
At the same time, Tye’s doctor had been looking for more answers and also found National Jewish Health.
“When we went to our next appointment, we mentioned National Jewish Health, and the doctor said she was going to recommend that we go there.”
Tye made two visits to Denver for care, celebrating his third and fourth birthdays at the hospital.
“They decorated his room with balloons and a big stuffed Elmo, which he still has,” Greta says.
Tye’s care was led by Stan Szefler, MD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health.
Doctors recommended that Tye have sinus surgery and taught Greta and her husband, Brian, how to manage Tye’s conditions.
“The sinus washes were huge for us, which Tye calls ‘booger blasters,’” Greta says.
The staff at National Jewish Health taught Greta and Brian how to treat his asthma emergencies by spacing nebulizer
treatments out 30 minutes apart and which medication their pediatrician should prescribe for Tye’s sinus infections. They also learned how to count his respirations, and Brian still watches him breathe before he goes to bed every night.
“Most importantly we have confidence in how to take care of him,” says Greta. “Yes, I still worry, but I know what I'm doing. We have put him in sports. I'm that parent that brings his teacher his school nebulizer at the beginning of the year with more information she could possible ever want, mostly from National Jewish Health. When the school calls when he is having problems, I feel confident in telling them what to do.”
Today, Tye is spending much less time in the hospital and more time on his trampoline and studying history. “We call him our little professor,” Greta says.
And, Greta and Brian still turn to National Jewish Health when they have questions about Tye’s care.
“We call Lung Line if we have a question at night, and our doctor here doesn’t question when we bring in information we have gotten from Lung Line or our doctors at National Jewish Health,” she says.
“We love National Jewish Health and we recommend it to anyone who might benefit.”
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