Did you know women are twice as likely to die from asthma than men are? Living with asthma is horrible. To keep it stable there are so many considerations you need to think about compared to someone without asthma. For me my mind is always racing and I am checking my surroundings to make sure… Continue reading Women with asthma
Normally I would be excited and shouting from the rooftops that there has been a segment dedicated to asthma on a very popular morning TV show. Not this time, quite the opposite. Everyone in the asthma field (patients, clinicians, pharmacists, industry, pharma as well as many more) has been left stunned and in utter disbelief… Continue reading Horrified watching incorrect asthma advice on daytime TV
Today my youngest brother published an article for the Daily Record. Out of all my siblings he has probably seen me at my worst. He has been there when I have been in tears because registrars cant get an arterial blood gas and they are getting stroppy because I kept flinching when they hit the… Continue reading Making asthma visible
I was asked to write this blog post by Asthma UK as their report about severe and difficult asthma has just been published and the statistics are shocking. Asthma is not taken seriously or respected, some people don't take their medication as they are meant to for a variety of reasons but this can be… Continue reading Severe asthma- family and friends misconceptions.
Once again asthma has been in the press for all the wrong reasons. Despite the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) in 2014 it appears nothing has got much better. It was announced that asthma deaths in England and Wales (Scotland was not mentioned) are at their highest in over a decade. Over the years… Continue reading No-one is immune from a near fatal asthma attack.
How often do we read or hear that asthma is "just asthma" and an inhaler will fix it all. Everyone knows someone who has asthma but not everyone knows how bad asthma can be and that it kills people. 3 people die each day in the UK compared to the 10 across the United States.… Continue reading Are asthmatics who post on social media one reason why asthma is considered as “just asthma”?
I know many of you will think I sound like a broken record particularly as I have written several blog posts around the issue of the smoking ban on NHS premises. The first of my posts was back in 2015 on April 2nd. written after legislation was passed by the Scottish Government to implement a… Continue reading Smoking on NHS sites- it is STILL happening!!
I really can't believe its been a week since I got back to the UK and Healthevoices is over. I still can't put into words how I feel about it. It was nothing I could ever imagine and really can't put it in words. It was truly fantastic. Before I settle to write about the… Continue reading Just use appropriate pictures!!!
Asthma has been in the news a lot recently, most of this has been reports on how awful the asthma care is for those with asthma in the UK. It is not all negative and there has been the odd positive bit of reporting such as new drugs being developed or gaining approval for use… Continue reading Asthma in the news
No one can have missed the news recently about the NHS Long Term Plan for NHS England. Even those of us not living in England can't miss it!!! I know I live in Scotland so it does not impact me directly but I am pretty sure the Scottish Government will take on a lot of… Continue reading The NHS Long Term Plan