Reader Response Archive

  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Dulera vs. Advair

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Dulera vs. Advair

    Here’s a little something different – one of the search questions that often lead people here: Is Dulera safer than Advair? Dulera, you’ll recall, is a new combination inhaler. As far as I can tell, it represents Merck’s attempt to corner a share of the long-acting beta agonist market rather than a “better” medication choice [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Time and Kids’ Control

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Time and Kids’ Control

    From the ‘ole inbox: I’m in the middle of trying to help my daughter right now. She’s 4 and just got diagnosed after seeming to be sick all the time. Right now we’re trying to get used to the fact of her diagnosis and learn everything we can about it at the same time. It’s [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Air Attacks

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Air Attacks

    Wintry weather never triggered my daughter, not even when we moved to Colorado and started hiking high up in the Rockies. But AG surprised me when she ended up hyper-sensitive to cold air during her recent bronchitis. About four days mid-infection and two days into her course of antibiotics, boredom set in. Watching movies on [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Missing Your Kid

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Missing Your Kid

    This morning, Mr. Asthma Mom said two things about our firstborn – or lack thereof – that made me laugh. The first: This house sure is quiet without her walking around and singing everywhere. It really, really is. AG sings all the time. All the time, to the point where her voice, belting out everything [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Convincing Adults to Seek Control

    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? He’s so used to being short of breath, coughing, and wheezing that he [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Control and Adult-Onset Asthma

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Control and Adult-Onset Asthma

    Don’t you just love it when you innovate something that performs its function in exactly the way you intended? It doesn’t always happen. I’ve helped the girls with too many school projects to mention that turned out just a wee bit different from the vision in my head, and as far as anything crafty goes [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Symptoms & Flares

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cold Symptoms & Flares

    Today’s reader response comes from my email and asks a question I used to have myself, back during the early days: In an old post on your site, you mentioned that you used to mistake your daughter’s asthma flare-ups for colds (please forgive me if I misread). I am currently under the impression that the [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Starting Sports

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Starting Sports

    People in my face-to-face life don’t always know I own this site. It’s not a secret, exactly, but while I’m comfortable plastering my kid’s early medical history all over the Internet in a quasi-anonymous fashion, at the same time I want to respect her privacy and so don’t volunteer any information about the existence of [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Food and Drink Triggers

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Food and Drink Triggers

    We’ve talked about common triggers. We’ve talked about unusual triggers. Now let’s talk about eating triggers. What foods or drinks can send you/your kid into an asthma flare? I don’t mean just the “official” food allergies, either. Share your thoughts on any eating/drinking experiences that ended up as triggers.

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Bronchodilators and Coughs

    This is a long one from my email, but please take the time to read the whole thing. It raises lots of questions that many other parents of young asthma kids have (I had them.): If my asthmatic child is coughing (she’s too young for a peak flow meter btw) and I am using her [...]

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