Category: Reader Response (Page 3)

Tuesdays are Your Turn – How to Carry Meds

When we talked about travel tips, you guys had some excellent ideas, and one of them prompted today’s reader response. Sarah mentioned sweaters with inside pockets to keep her meds right where she can access them on plane trips, and it got me thinking about how we all carry inhalers and spacers and – for […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Asthma Travel Tips

With all these trip-planning posts lately, the logical next step is a matching reader response: What’s your best tip for good vacation breathing? Mine? On road trips, I always, always bring my daughter’s pillow in its allergen-free cover to protect against her dust mite trigger. Some hotels offer hypoallergenic rooms for a price, but I’ve […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – First Flare and Diagnosis Age

Remember all the excitement about the year 2000? No, I don’t mean the Y2K bug and the conspiracy theorists, although those are both fun to remember. I’m talking about how New Year’s Eve loomed large in 1999 and how it felt to be alive, waiting for the next millennium to roll in. That New Year’s […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Shots for Kids

Today’s question comes from Kelley, whose daughter is highly allergic to cats. And by “highly,” I mean she experiences major symptoms even on a full regimen of allergy meds. The doctor suggested immunotherapy, and since taking a kid for weekly or biweekly jabs is no joke, Kelley’s looking for some good information. In particular: What’s […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – World Asthma Day Advice

Because today is World Asthma Day, Because the WAD theme this year is “You Can Control Your Asthma,” Because most parents and patients facing a new diagnosis won’t know the first steps on that road to maintenance and control, And because some of them will end up here through Google searches, Let’s leave them some […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Overprotection vs. Avoiding Contagion

The long, anxiety-ridden chain of events leading up to my daughter’s current-but-dwindling GI bug: 1. A boy my kid hangs out with at school had a birthday party scheduled for the day before Easter, right in the middle of Spring Break. 2. That’s why most of the kids he invited, mine included, couldn’t go. 3. […]

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 […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Kids, School, Sick Days

Last weekend: Crazy-hectic This week: Better, but the Sidekick’s been sick since Saturday and hasn’t returned to school yet. So guess what I’ve been doing lately? Monday’s announcement: On hold until tomorrow (see above) Today’s reader response: Straight from my inbox: My son started kindergarten this year. Now that attendance “counts,” I’m having anxiety about […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – H1N1 FluMist and Viral Shedding

One of this site’s regular readers left a comment yesterday with a perfect question for today’s Reader Response. You can read the whole thing on this post, but here’s a summary: Roe has an 25 year-old daughter with lifelong asthma who’s currently in the middle of a flare. She’s taking steroids for it, but so […]