Category: Advocacy (Page 2)

Friday Links – Prenatal Vitamin D, National Asthma Agenda, Black Currants

Study to Attempt Asthma Prevention with Prenatal Vitamin D This research on vitamin D supplements during pregnancy has no immediate relevance for my own life since I’m not having any more children, but it holds exciting prospects for the future. Asthma prevention could take a giant step forward. American Lung Association’s National Public Policy Agenda […]

High-Altitude Hiking with an Asthma Kid

The sandstone cliffs of Eldorado Canyon in Boulder rise up steeply from either side of South Boulder Creek: See what I mean? This is a popular spot for serious rock climbers, and it’s beautiful, although the overcast sky here makes the reddish rock walls look less striking than they actually are. Somehow, I managed not […]

Your Child Is Allowed to Carry and Self-Administer an Inhaler at School

Asthma perceptions may need tweaking for years to come. Schools like this British one don’t always get it right, and lack of awareness can contribute to ignoring or underestimating the danger of a child’s severe flare. However. As of February 2010, South Dakota became the 50th and final state to pass laws allowing students to […]

Friday Links – School Neglect, Stress Risk Factors, Bone Marrow

British Court Rules Student Asthma Death a Result of Neglect When 11 year-old Sam Linton suffered an asthma flare at his school in December 2007, he apparently struggled for hours while no one called an ambulance. Later, he died in the hospital. This grievous personal tragedy for the Linton family and the horrifying failure of […]

Why My Kid and I Blog About Her Health

I read this passage on Eva Markvoort’s Livejournal. Danielle linked to Eva on Twitter about a month ago, and I’ve been following her posts, as she nears the end of her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, ever since. David Casarett, M.D. wrote the article, and in it he discusses how most cancer reporting in traditional […]

Olympians, U.S. Presidents, and More – Celebrities with Asthma

(Porta Nuova station during the 2006 Torino Games) SPORTS Susan Auch (b. 1966) – Olympic speed skater David Beckham (b. 1975) – Professional soccer player Jerome Bettis (b. 1972) – NFL halfback Bruce Davidson (b. 1949) – Olympic equestrian Tom Dolan (b. 1976) – Olympic swimmer Kurt Grote (b. 1973) – Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 1, Embrace Change

Don’t ever think the asthma you’re dealing with today will be the same disease you’re treating next year, next month, or even tomorrow. Asthma changes all the time. It can involve new symptoms and new triggers, and it can affect a person in ways totally new and unexpected. People with asthma – and everyone else, […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 2, My Kid’s Blog

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma No, she doesn’t have one yet, but I hope she will someday. I blog as the parent of an asthma patient, but the patient bloggers themselves – people like Steve, who is practically a superhero, and students  like Danielle and Kerri, who manage their health the way […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 4, Trust Yourself

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma Raising a kid with asthma involves more judgment calls and gray areas than I’m really happy with, but I can’t change the nature of the beast. Instead, I’ve learned to pay attention and trust that still, quiet voice within. When intuition suggested I change the way AG […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 5, Steroid Rules

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma. Right after learning to love steroids, parents of moderate persistents like me have to get acquainted with all the little rules and tips that prevent some of their side effects. Because asthma’s just a laugh a minute sometimes, it really is. These are my four highest priorities […]