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”?
Today has been one of those days where it feels like there is no air. You are left gasping for breath just moving a few meters and even sitting still feels like you are trying to breathe through a pillow. It is horrible and unrelenting. Not only is there no air and very humid the… Continue reading What do you do on days when there is no air??
I am really excited to share with everyone my new logo and branding. I have never thought about branding myself for my involvement and advocacy work but while at HealtheVoices19 it became very clear that this was something I needed to do to become as effective as I could be. It was my chance that… Continue reading Branding!!!!
It has been a busy few weeks with a number of trips down to London. Last year when I had a few trips to London there was a clear deterioration in my asthma when I was there. My peak flow dropped substantially and I was constantly feeling tight, wheezy and just couldn't get my breath… Continue reading Getting over the stigma of wearing a mask in public!
Finally I am able to sit down without getting upset or terrifying myself about my latest hospital admission specifically experience in ICU. The photo below may not look like much and you may think its a window and building but this is what has caused me to much trauma. Before anyone reads on please note… Continue reading Trauma of ICU
This past week the UK has been hit with some awful weather. In the whole scheme of things around the world the weather was not too bad compared to the likes of Canada but the snow fall was enough to bring the transport system to its knees, shops ran out of food, no milk could… Continue reading Snow week: lessons learnt
The first week of annual leave I really felt a little bit of a mess and just didnt know what to do with myself and everything seemed really negative and falling apart around me, but a week in and half way through my annual leave I feel things are starting to get back together and… Continue reading Taking time helps to heal
Back when I was at school all I wanted to do was play sport. I lived and breathed sport. I really couldn't see myself doing anything else. I look back at the start of my blog way back when it was in its infancy in 2008. I was in distress at the though of having… Continue reading Achieving Dreams!
I have been back at work now on a phased return and it is going fairly well except for one part. When my chest feels tight I do find it a bit of a struggle to get from the car park to the hospital. The staff car park is the furthest out from the hospital… Continue reading Returning to work in a fog of smoke.
For any asthmatic or any person who needs to be seen in a clinic or Drs surgery they will more often than not be requested to do some kind of breathing test. In a GP setting this tends to be peak flow measuring your peak expiratory flow rate in litres per minute. Pretty much every… Continue reading Breathing tests every two weeks- every patients nightmare