Category: Tips and Tricks (Page 2)

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Asthma Kid to Asthma Tween to Asthma Teen Transitioning

If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to maintain my daughter’s lung health. Over the years, we’ve successfully navigated her early, severe years, her symptom changes, her transition into public school, and even a cross-country move that involved a major geographic/climate change. But now my kid is 11. In August, she’ll enter sixth grade, […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Flare Entertainment

Today’s question comes from email: Any moms or dads with preschoolers have ideas to occupy my little one when she’s having a bad flare and I need to keep her from running around too much? (Besides movies and picture books?) Some Suggestions Craft supplies – crayons, stickers, glitter glue, etc. Puzzles White board with markers […]

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 […]

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. 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 […]

Happy Flare-Free Holidays

You know as well as I do that there’s no way to guarantee a triggerless Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or any other winter holiday. But! Like every other occasion, event, place, time, day, random weather pattern, and otherwise innocuous element of everyday life – when it comes to asthma, this season is full–full–of potential triggers […]

Tuesdays Are Your Turn – Coughing, Coughing, Dear God the COUGHING

It’s impossible, I think, to overstate the impact that asthma cough fests can have on your (read: my) emotional state. Friends and family that never see the worst of a child’s respiratory problems, that can’t join in at 2:00 in the morning for breathing treatments during the rough times, that never hear the hacking that […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Sick Box

The worst non-respiratory illness in the Asthma Mom family history went a little something like this: Mr. Asthma Mom came home early from an after-hours work thing one Friday evening because he felt unwell. Sometime in the middle of that night, *unwell* gave way to full-force gastrointestinal symptoms, and those lasted most of the next […]

Learn from Elmo, HHS Secretary Tells Sneezing Correspondent

Have a little swine flu humor to start your weekend: Here’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius calling out NBC’s Chuck Todd for sneezing incorrectly during an H1N1 briefing. (via Jezebel) Don’t understand the Elmo reference? Here’s the original Sesame Street PSA on sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand in order […]