A New Vision for Lung Health

On Tuesday evening I attended one of my first face to face events since the COVID-19 pandemic started. I cannot begin to explain how good it was to be back at an in person event. A few months ago the rebranding of the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership was unveiled. Along with new… Continue reading A New Vision for Lung Health

Horrified watching incorrect asthma advice on daytime TV

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

Experiencing the evolution of an asthma charity in the UK

Last month saw the rebranding of the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership. It has been rebranded and is now Asthma + Lung UK. Evolution is sometimes scary and can be uncertain but there is often so many positive things that come from it, my perspective is that this has continually happened in the… Continue reading Experiencing the evolution of an asthma charity in the UK

Going green with inhalers…..

If you are on social media and follow some people in the asthma world you will see that this seems to be a big topic. You will also more than likely see this image: Ventolin Evohaler vs Ventolin Accuhaler The humble Ventolin Evohaler pMDI (pressurised metered dose inhaler) or puffer is taking a huge amount… Continue reading Going green with inhalers…..

Emergency Surgery and Normalising Hospital Admissions

For those who follow me on social media will be aware that I recently had to be admitted to hospital for emergency abdominal surgery. Of course I was shocked at the prospect of needing surgery and the speed at which everything happened but looking back on it I realised I have totally normalised going into… Continue reading Emergency Surgery and Normalising Hospital Admissions

Living with fear and anxiety

On my social media I have recently been posting about the fear and anxiety I have been trying to deal with. I have discovered that I am not the only one who is having the same experience. This is reassuring as it says to me that my fear is justified but it is awful that… Continue reading Living with fear and anxiety

Finding my Positive Mental Attitude

I am well aware I have neglected my blog and there have been no posts for sometime. I have sat down so many times to try and write but just nothing comes out. If I am honest I have been struggling a lot over the past 4-5 months. I feel lost in myself and couldn't… Continue reading Finding my Positive Mental Attitude

Being honest about struggling with my health.

I haven't written a blog post in quite a while now. I have started plenty but have not had the concentration to write a full post and have it in a state where it is ready to be posted. While I never proof read my posts I do like to make sure that there are… Continue reading Being honest about struggling with my health.

Has the value of the sunflower lanyard changed? What does it mean if you are wearing one now?

5 years ago Im sure the general population probably had no idea what the sunflower lanyard was and what the sunflower symbol stood for. You probably never saw anyone wearing a sunflower. Pre covid travel. I would wear a mask on the plane as always get off the plane with some sort of bug along… Continue reading Has the value of the sunflower lanyard changed? What does it mean if you are wearing one now?

Patient Experience of Mechanical Ventilation

https://youtu.be/sYYjzNS3c3A I was asked to record a video for part of the Respiratory Critical Care session at the European Respiratory Society Congress. The session was titled "New Developments in Mechanical Ventilation and Ventilator Weaning" and my video was to focus on my experience of being weaned from a ventilator. Im not going to lie it… Continue reading Patient Experience of Mechanical Ventilation