Enjoy your picnics and barbecues today. Summer sets in along the Gulf Coast well before Memorial Day, so I’m off to immerse myself in a large body of water, though not the beach because it is full of tourists and heavy traffic for the holiday. I’ll see you all tomorrow.
Scary New Asthma Commercials Anyone seen these yet? I guess you could make a case for not freaking people out about what is usually a pretty treatable condition. On the other hand, with the dramatic rise in asthma cases unmatched by an equal increase in asthma education among parents and patients, scaring the snot out […]
Statistics sometimes tell the story best: Myanmar Cyclone While it’s hard to pinpoint numbers since the ruling military junta severely limits access and informtion, here are some estimates. 38,491 confirmed deaths 68,833 to 127,990 total estimated dead, according to the Red Cross and Red Crescent 1 million estimated homeless 41,000 missing, according to Mynamar media 4.7 inches of rain possible […]
1. Gilmore Girls, Episode: Keg! Max! (Season 3) Argument over a new band name: Zack: Follow Them to the Edge of the Desert is memorable and classy.Brian: I run out of breath every time I say it.Zack: You’ve got asthma, dude. You run out of breath saying your name.Dave: Yeah, Brian, we can’t work our […]
Bronchospasm – smooth muscle contractions/tightening around the bronchioles (airways), narrowing them and restricting airflow. Bronchospasms are part of an asthma flare. Cyanosis – blue-tinted skin, starting around the mouth and resulting from lack of oxygen in the blood. Usually starts to occur when oxygen saturation in the blood drops below 90% but may not be […]
Unless you’re new to this blog, you know my basic asthma story: 1. Terrified girl has unplanned pregnancy at 22, becomes mother at 23. 2. Girl’s baby starts flaring at 10 months. 3. Baby misdiagnosed for next 14 months but diagnosed with asthma at age two. 4. Baby flares severely for several years. 5. Baby-turned-little-girl […]
Lists are always popular, maybe they encapsulate information in such an easy-on-the-eyes way. Apparently, I like lists enough to patch this one together back when I was editing the BellaOnline asthma page. Today is President’s Day in the U.S., which technically means we’re honoring past presidents like Washington and Lincoln. The real-life impact of the […]