Tuesdays are Your Turn – Convincing Adults to Seek Control
Last week, a reader asked about expectations and possibilities of control for her newly diagnosed, adult-onset asthma. That question prompted this related one in the comments:
How do you get your adult-onset (or at least, adult-diagnosed) spouse to achieve and maintain control? Heâs so used to being short of breath, coughing, and wheezing that he doesnât see that it isnât normal. He does acknowledge feeling better on the rare occasions that he takes his Flovent as he should, but getting him there is hard. Ideas? Suggestions? – Lpnmom
While I can’t speak to adult asthma specifically, in this type of situation with my own spouse, I’ve generally relied on guilt. And also, melodrama.
For example, I am not above resorting to this argument: “What good does it do to worry about our kids’ health if you won’t be around when they’re older, anyway, SINCE YOU WON’T TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HEALTH?”
I’m exaggerating, but only a little.
Anyone have a less confrontational method? Or at least a different one?