D. had a full blown asthma attack (his first) yesterday afternoon and spent the night in the hospital. He's doing well now, and we hope he'll be home later today, but I'm obviously not going to have a chance for a while to respond to the very thoughtful posts on Warner's articles. I will second the recommendation to check out the dicussion at Chez Miscarriage.
One thought before I shower and head back to the hospital. I have a job where I can take leave on short notice, with pay and without risk of losing my job. I have an extremely involved spouse. And I have good health insurance. And this is still really hard. Lots of people are missing at least one of these, and there's a significant number of parents who don't have any of them. And poor kids are disproportionately likely to have asthma, probably due to environmental factors.
Update: We're all home, and D is breathing easily (although with regular nebulizer treatments). We need to meet with his regular pediatrician next week to figure out where we go from here with identifying the trigger and deciding whether he needs ongoing maintenance treatment. But the immediate crisis is over. Thanks for the good wishes.