Category: School and Sports

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday Links – Sports Coaches, Lung Cancer, Incredible Cakes

Coaches Have No Idea About Kids’ Asthma So this is scary. If your kids play team sports, you might want to have a little talk with their coaches post-haste, since chances are decent that even if they know about the breathing problem thing (and they probably don’t), they still don’t know how to recognize or […]

Friday Links – Sports Coaches, Lung Cancer, Incredible Cakes

Coaches Have No Idea About Kids’ Asthma So this is scary. If your kids play team sports, you might want to have a little talk with their coaches post-haste, since chances are decent that even if they know about the breathing problem thing (and they probably don’t), they still don’t know how to recognize or […]

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 – Medical Advocacy in Schools

Speaking of asthma and school, as I’ve been doing here ad nauseum lately, Samantha has a question about groups that might help asthma parents resolve school issues. Samantha tells me her friend, another asthma mom, has been struggling with her child’s school over the timing and frequency of medication and nebulizer treatments and could use […]

Health Tips for the School Year

The First Day of School. My asthma kid’s starting sixth grade, her last year of elementary school, and her sister is a third grader this year. With school back in session and since Colorado sits poised on the verge of fall, this time of year my focus shifts conversations with the new teacher about my […]

Friday Links – September Epidemic, Tylenol Risk, Free National Parks

Ever Heard of the “September Epidemic”? Janeen talks about this phenomenon over on her food allergy blog, and it’s based on a National Jewish article. Go read the whole thing, but here’s the short version: doctors see a rush of kids in the ER around September when back-to-school means back to the petri dish of […]