Category: Advocacy (Page 3)

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 […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 6, Carpe Everything

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma In her almost 11 years on earth, some of the worst flares have made AG miss out on her share – and several other children’s – of holiday fun, friends’ birthday parties, and special events at school. As a result, I’ll never take good health for granted, […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 7, Deconstructing the Cough

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma The progression of my understanding of the notorious asthma cough over the last decade with AG: Post-diagnosis by about a year, circa 2002 Wait, you mean all my kid’s coughing is the actual asthma attack? Still 2002, about six months later (What can I say? I’m a […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 8, More than a Village

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma If it takes a village to raise a child, it has so far taken a small to mid-sized city to raise this kid of mine with persistent asthma. It takes both Mr. Asthma Mom and me, and it takes our younger asthma-free daughter, who has always been […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 9, Learning to Love Steroids

Part of the series A Decade of Asthma. Okay, “love” is a strong word. “Like” is stretching things, even. But raising a child with this lung condition does mean – except, sometimes, in instances of extremely mild asthma – understanding that “steroid” is not a bad word. As part of my inability to acknowledge the […]

Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 10, Letting Expectations Go

A Decade of Asthma Charlotte Moore, a British journalist and author, wrote a fascinating book called George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism. In it, she describes coming to terms with the autism that affects two of her three sons and releasing the expectations of a cure, of some sort of full recovery, […]

A Decade of Asthma

Introduction to a Decade of Asthma Here we are at the end of 2009 and in the final days of the Aughts, so, accordingly, the Internet is crammed full of lists to see us through to 2010. Have you, for example, been wondering about the completely subjective top albums or songs from 2000 through 2009? […]

A Roadmap of Asthma Maintenance

(Photo by stock.xchng user tijmen.) Identifying asthma in a little kid is arduous enough and everyone’s got a diagnosis story, but the real work begins after diagnosis. Then you’re looking at a comprehensive strategy of prevention, maintenance, and treatment and a whole lot of guesswork and trial-and-error to get there. Here’s a general sort of […]

Dear Michelle Obama – One Asthma Mom to Another

(Photo from Dear Michelle Obama, With all the focus on your husband, his transition team, his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, and his potential moves to shore up the U.S. economic situation, I’ve been reading a little bit about the transition to the White House you’re facing as well. And I’ve […]

Holiday Presents for Asthma Kids

Dear Well-Intentioned Friends and Family, First of all, I appreciate very much the sentiment behind your Christmas gifts to the Asthma Girl. Choosing to spend your time and money on either of my daughters tells me more about how much you love them than the actual presents do, and I thank you for both. However, […]