The biggest pain/annoyance/complete inconvenience of having asthma is an attack. All of the medications, treatments and measures put in place are in order to prevent an attack. I could go into the medical side of what an asthma attack is but I would rather describe what it feels like from a personal view. I will … Continue reading What does an attack feel like?UPDATED
Everyone must realise that being in hospital is boring. Little to do except think and watch the world go by. I often get asked by friends what it is like to be in hospital and whether I find it scary having attacks now. It is a question that is hard to answer off the cuff … Continue reading The thoughts that run through your head when attacks happen
I do not have a medical answer for this question. All I know is that it is something that I really wish would go away. I am exhausted all of the time now and it could be because of any number of things. The only link is with my Severe Asthma. You would think that … Continue reading Why am I so tired all the time?
You will often see me refer to Severe Asthma as a war and all of the obstacles I face are the battles that I am fighting. This is a relation to my history training, I am sure of it, but in order to win a war, you must win the battles. Each infection, each attack … Continue reading Fighting battles to win a war
Everyone is different. Whether you have a chronic health condition or are in perfect health. No one person is the same. I have found though, that with asthma, everyone is an expert. Half the time I get someone telling me that their really bad asthma was cured by exercise or a new health regime. Others … Continue reading “I can exercise with my asthma – you should too!” and other jokes…
Time to tackle this phrase that I hear all the time. Apparently Severe Asthma and all of the complications shouldn't happen to young people - or at least, that's what I am beginning to believe the general public think. I am concerned that people seem to have this preconception that asthma only affects children and … Continue reading “but you’re so young?”
I want to start sharing more of my experiences in the hope that asthmatics won't feel so scared or apprehensive when getting help. Obviously, every experience is different and unique to the individual but these are my experiences and hopefully it will open some eyes and make someone a bit calmer when the big blue … Continue reading What happens when an ambulance arrives?
***DISCLAIMER!!! FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE ALWAYS. I AM NOT TRAINED. THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE AND WHAT I DO. PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR OWN INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL*** Many people will go their whole lives without needing to dial 999. It is a number that many of us are so apprehensive and cautious … Continue reading 999… should I?
I hate prednisolone. Now I know that I am supposed to be grateful that it helps me and often prevents so many attacks but I wish that there was a drug that could do it without all of the side effects. I am currently weaning and hoping to be pred free in a few weeks … Continue reading Prednisolone – the never-ending nightmare
When you start a new job, your inductions and introductions are usually pretty straight forward. You say your name and a bit about your background. If you have a long term health condition you would probably raise that and try and explain it. With a condition like asthma, it is always wise to let the … Continue reading New job, new explanations…