Friday Links – Inhaler Identification, Vitamin D, More on Javonte Woods

About.com on Color-Coding Kids’ Inhalers
When my daughter was little, I used to write out pages and pages of instructions for her babysitters. No, I don’t mean her Asthma Action Plan – I’m talking about my notes and explanations that accompanied her action plan (isn’t asthma fun?) This wonderful tip would’ve saved me at least a little writing during those years, as it provides a quick and easy way for little kids and caregivers to identify the difference between controller and quick-relief inhalers.

Vitamn D for Mold Allergies?
There’s a pile of evidence supporting a link between vitamin D levels and asthma, but here’s a study that points to a more specific connection. Vitamin D might actually help people with the mold allergies that can be a serious complication for people with asthma and cystic fibrosis.

The Organ Donation of Javonte Woods
I wrote about the tragic asthma death of 16 year-old Woods on Tuesday. By all accounts, he was a terrific athlete and an excellent student and friend.

He also saved four lives as a registered organ donor.

11 responses to “Friday Links – Inhaler Identification, Vitamin D, More on Javonte Woods”

  1. Sarah says:

    I have great admiration for the strength of his family. I hope I’m never put in the position of having to make that decision, but I hope I’ll be strong enough to do the same if it ever does happen.

  2. Amy says:

    Me too. It’s a wonderful gift they’ve given in the middle of their sorrow.

  3. Sara C. says:

    I’m always amazed that people can make those decisions. I’ve made sure that everyone knows that *I* want to be a donor, though, Rob and I have never discussed the girls…we probably should…you just never know. We have a friend who had received a kidney transplant, so we know what a difference donors can make…it’s very important to make the decision, and to let people know your decision.

  4. Samantha says:

    I thank the good Lord above for all who donate… I carry a registered donor card in my wallet with my identification. (DonateLife.org) As those who know me will know, my mother died last month and fact is, if there were enough organs available, she could have gone on the list sooner and might still be with us. United Network for Organ Sharing (who we had a cash donation given to in her memory) says 118,000 are waiting on any given day in the US for an organ… 80 transplants happen daily. and 18 die because an organ doesnt become available soon enough. In the words of a bumper sticker that the support group for hepatitis gave my mom once, “Dont take your organs with you, Heaven knows we need them here”

  5. Samantha says:

    Oops pardon me. correction. the donor registry is donatelife.net.

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