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The first time that she fell to the field gasping for breath during a game was scary. The second time, I wasn't there, so it bothered me in a less visceral way. After all, what you can't see isn't nearly as off putting as what is right in your face. It scared her, though, and when we went for her checkup with the allergist, I discussed it. We both thought it was asthma - she had difficulty breathing, and when I gave her the albuterol it seemed to help. But the allergist had a different thought.
VCD. Vocal Chord Dysfunction. Go to Occupational Therapy, meet with a Speech Pathologist, teach the kid to breathe.
Skeptically, I made an appointment, feeling as if all I ever do is take these kids to the doctor. Between checkups times six kids, allergist appointments for all, eye doctors, dentists, orthodontists,occupational therapists, it seems as if my calendar is full of doctor visits.
When we arrived, the speech pathologist took my daughter through a list of breathing exercises, having her hold specific noises (AAAAA) (OOOOOOOOOO) (EEEEEEEEEE) for as long as possible. Then she went on the treadmill.
She ran for a while on a low pace, and slowly it was dialed up, until she felt like she was running at the highest level she could handle. It was a 10. She was told to sustain it as long as possible - which she did for more than 3 minutes.
My girl can run.
So, it was determined that she does, indeed, have VCD. She has to relearn to breathe, both while exercising and while at rest. It kind of seems weird to me - she obviously CAN breath, she DOES breath, but it's been explained to me that she breathes inefficiently and it causes her vocal chords to spasm, which leads to a panic state, which causes her to clutch - and it becomes a vicious cycle.
She does breathing exercises while laying down, standing up and sitting. She practices breathing with her diaphragm and makes all kinds of crazy noises. I hope it helps.
Interestingly enough, when the pathologist gave me the profile of a typical VCD candidate, I cracked up. High energy, high achiever, very intense, goal oriented, never wants to take a break or leave the field.
So, VCD. Am I the only person who has never heard of it?