More ICU Flashbacks

I have written a lot over the years about my experience of being in ICU particularly the last admission to ICU which has really haunted me but I have managed to calm those terrors until now that is. It is really hard to get through your day without hearing or seeing something about corona virus… Continue reading More ICU Flashbacks

Is severe asthma different to asthma?

In my last blog post I mentioned how I met some other people with severe asthma at a BLF-AUK event where we had a conversation about asthma and severe asthma. It may have the same mechanisms in that it is a condition where the airways become inflamed and irritated causing difficulty breathing but here ends… Continue reading Is severe asthma different to asthma?

One of the more unusual side effects of prednisilone

or at least we think it is. Otherwise it is just my body being weirder then it already is. After over a decade of being on oral steroids I thought I had come across most of the side effects. I have not experienced all of them but have heard of them or at least I… Continue reading One of the more unusual side effects of prednisilone

Making tough decisions

I was so happy and excited when my Mum said we were going to be going skiing in January. (I have not skied in over 6 years now. Once my life, I ski raced, I did race training and was on the slopes whenever I could. I moved to Canada to pursue my dream career).… Continue reading Making tough decisions

Cold to chest infection to….

Getting a cold to many is an inconvenience. To a severe asthmatic getting a cold fills you with dread because generally our lungs are fantastic hosts to cold bugs leaving us with rip roaring chest infections. During the winter months you cant avoid the common cold, well you could but that would mean you become… Continue reading Cold to chest infection to….

No-one is immune from a near fatal asthma attack.

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.

Smoking on NHS sites- it is STILL happening!!

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!!

Feeling much better and more positive!!

Its now the end of the week and since my last post things have been a lot better. I must say the support I have received over this week from others who also have chronic health issues has been over whelming. It was both reassuring and shocking to read comments from people saying they could… Continue reading Feeling much better and more positive!!

Guest blog post: Why being a Volunteer is Important in healthcare?

And how to keep them happy and feeling valued. Hi, My name is Mark Hudson, You probably have no idea who I am, that’s ok I’d be surprised if you did. Olivia and I met in August of 2018 at an ICU steps Edinburgh event, Creativity in ICU recovery, it was my first speaking event.… Continue reading Guest blog post: Why being a Volunteer is Important in healthcare?

It’s ok to not be ok.

This past week has been really tough. Asthma is one of those conditions that is on a spectrum. Going from those with the mildest of asthma to those with the most severe and life threatening asthma you get everyone across the board and you can not pick out the one person with mild and the… Continue reading It’s ok to not be ok.