Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK

Asthma UK- Asthma Health Technology Fund You may have seen on either the Asthma UK British Lung Foundation website or LinkedIn that there has been the launch of a multi million pound fund available to support the development of asthma health technologies. This fund I believe is so important because asthma lags behind other long… Continue reading Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK

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

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

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

Drugs going out of stock in lockdown

aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh they are stopping making one of my drugs!!! A phone call from my pharmacist to tell me that they cannot get hold of one of my drugs is something no patient ever likes to hear let alone during lockdown and even less so when it is one of your allergy meds and you have… Continue reading Drugs going out of stock in lockdown

Digital health and tele-monitoring.

Living with asthma for over 30 years I have experienced a lot of different medication, types (and colours) of inhaler and ways of managing my asthma. The types of inhaler have gone varied from a metered dose inhaler with a nebuhaler (similar to the volumetric but longer and thinner), to the spin haler and rotahaler… Continue reading Digital health and tele-monitoring.