Category: Flu and Illness

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 […]

Friday Links – Moldy Lungs, Flu, Inhalers and Diabetes

Picking up my girl today! I’ve got no time to chat as a result, so enjoy some lung links sans commentary: You Might Have Mold in Your Lungs Early Flu = Possible Asthma Protection Do Steroid Inhalers Raise the Risk of Diabetes? And one for the Weird Health files: Smart Phone Tests for Sexually Transmitted […]

Conversations with My Asthma Tween

Let me tell you a little bit about the stage I’ve reached with my kid. First off, a little recent background: My mother came to Colorado for Thanksgiving, meaning I hosted for everyone this year. During that same holiday week, AG had one of the leading roles in her school musical. (There may be video. […]

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 […]

Friday Links – North American Asthma Care, Childhood Rates, Emotional Impacts

U.S. Asthma Care: Still Lacking 71% of these study participants had poorly controlled asthma, but 64% of them thought it was well controlled. Clearly, there’s a disconnect here somewhere. Canadian Kids Have Lowest Asthma Rates in 10+ Years Good job, my neighbors to the north. But on the other hand: Kids in Canada Feel Emotional […]

Friday, er, Monday Links – California Whooping Cough, Lung Taste Buds

Let me tell you something: Colorado takes Halloween seriously, you guys. There were parties. There were dances and haunted houses. There was trick or treating last night with a whole bunch of other people until after 9:00 and, unlike the Deep South where I used to live, there were hordes and hordes of neighbors still […]

Friday Links – Asthma Boxing “Excuse,” Flu Vaccines

Boxer Vitali Klitschko Says Some Controversial Things About Asthma I don’t know anything about boxing except what the Rocky movies taught me, but I’m pretty sure you should file this under “Trash Talk.” (Wildly inaccurate, stereotype-perpetuating trash talk.) The Problems with Privately Funded Research Ever wonder how accurate medical research is, particularly when a pharmaceutical […]

Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

Carrying Inhalers Easier for Illinois Students Now A new Illinois law allows students to carry their own inhalers with only their prescriptions and written parental permission on file rather than also requiring a doctor’s note, as many schools around the country do. Considering the vast number of students with asthma in the U.S. and the […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cough Drops and Syrup

When I found out my now 11 year-old daughter has asthma, she was two. And right after dropping that bomb of a diagnosis, her doctor gave me the advice that’s probably familiar to most of you: – No cough suppressants – No vapor rub – No cough drops Because if your kid practically hacks up […]

Asthma Mom’s Rules for Enduring Flu Season

Possible alternate title for this post: My Influenza Prevention Tips, Plus Coping Tricks When Prevention Falls to the Petri Dish of Elementary School Here’s what I focus on in the Asthma Mom household: Getting Flu Shots http://www.flu.gov/widgets/vaccinelocator.html Washing Hands Always, always, always. And then again one more time. Eating and Sleeping Well Connections between nutrition […]