Bringing the patient voice to Research and Development

A lot of the work I do is speaking to people about what it is like to live with asthma. Asthma is a condition that you should be able to live with and it won't interfere too much but for so many people asthma dictates their life. It is so important for those who work… Continue reading Bringing the patient voice to Research and Development

World Mental Health Day

No one is immune from having a wobble with their mental health just as no one is immune from having issues with their physical health. The difference is that humans are happier to speak up about a physical health complaint compared to a mental health complaint. 10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. Mental… Continue reading World Mental Health Day

Essentials for Good Asthma Management

Recently on social media I have become so aware that many with asthma do not have the essential tools they need to enable them to manage their asthma effectively and live a life where asthma does not impede their daily routine. 1. Personal Asthma Action Plan (PAAP) or action plan for short. This is essential… Continue reading Essentials for Good Asthma Management

Negatives of telephone clinic appointments

I have written before about the positives of having telephone clinic appointments but today I found the real downside. I was meant to have a clinic appointment last week but this was rearranged due to my consultant being off work. It was rearranged for next Monday so I was shocked when I was called today.… Continue reading Negatives of telephone clinic appointments

Anxiety about meeting people again

COVID-19 has touched the lives of everyone recently. No one has been immune from its effects whether it has been actually catching the virus or know someone who has had the virus, having your work impacted, having your childs schooling interrupted, education interrupted or you have been in the shielding group whose lives have been… Continue reading Anxiety about meeting people again

Being Asthmatic with Easyjet

I saw in the news the other day a story that truly shocked me. To sum it up basically a severe asthmatic boarded an Easyjet plane only to be shouted at by the Pilot and jeered at by the rest of the passengers because he refused to wear a face covering despite having proof of… Continue reading Being Asthmatic with Easyjet

Why I continue to write my blog

Over the past few weeks I have struggled to get motivation to write here in my blog but today I received a message which reminded me just how important it is for me to write my blog. I started by writing my blog because I am not good at talking about how I feel or… Continue reading Why I continue to write my blog

Pain Management

For a number of years now I have struggled with pain in my chest from the years of severe asthma which has led to scarring mainly on my left side. There has been scarring building up in the pleural space and makes each breath feel like my lung is rubbing against my chest wall. You… Continue reading Pain Management

A year on from that fateful day.

When I woke from the coma and not being able to feel my leg never did I think that a year on there would be no improvement. To be honest I don't think the medics thought it was anything more than temporary too. Over the year I have experienced a lot of different emotions and… Continue reading A year on from that fateful day.

Reporting Scotland: Shielding Changes

Made my TV debut!! Last week I was asked by the British Lung Foundation if I would be willing to be interviewed for Reporting Scotland. The interview all hinged on Nicola Sturgeon announcing changes to shielding on the Thursday (23rd July 2020). If things went Pete Tong in Scotland she would not be making any… Continue reading Reporting Scotland: Shielding Changes