Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Interview and Asthma

Two things.

The awesome blog http://authorbeginnings.blogspot.com/ has featured an interview of me on their blog. I hope you'll take a minute and pop over and check it out. You'll probably stay a while, they've got a lot of wonderful things to interest you.

Secondly, my 22 year old daughter has asthma. She's had a cold lately so of course, this has really kicked her asthma into high gear. She was diagnosed when she was 17, but she suffered with asthma most of her life. Because I don't have asthma myself and didn't really understand that warning signs and signals, it took us years before we finally figured out what was going on with her. As a child, she had a hard time running out doors for long periods of time. She wondered why she got so winded during sports or at recess, when all the other kids could go on for hours. Finally, in high school, as a member of the drill things, the problem escalated, until one night, during the stressful competition season, with a cold, with a horrible inversion going on, she collapsed. Nothing is as frightening as watching your child unable to breathe and not be able to do anything about it. I was terrified. I rushed her to the emergency room and the doctor there gave her a breathing treatment and examined her, then declared that she suffered from asthma. He also told us that it was people like her who died because they weren't taking care of themselves.

I tell you this story only because there might be someone out there who has a child showing signs of asthma and not know it. It is crucial that children with asthma get a proper diagnosis and begin a treatment program to help them keep the effects under control. Because I've learned about this disease I now can watch her and help her when she struggles to breathe. If you have any questions, please contact me. I would love to help. You can also visit the American Lung Association of Utah and find out all the signs and symptoms to watch for. www.lungusa.org/utah

Happy reading. Stay healthy!

5 comments:

One Cluttered Brain said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm checking out the interview now! Cool!

Jennie said...

Good info on asthma. I too have asthma and have learned the importance of a good maintenance program and of letting those around me know I have ashtma and where my inhaler is.

JoAnn Arnold said...

Asthma is scary. I was 3 years old when I woke up in the middle of the night unable to talk and could hardly breath. I spent the next three days in the hospital with tubes down my nose. I've never forgotten that night. The Asthma went into remission when I was 12 but returned when I was in my 40's I take medication every day, now and I do very well. I have a son who has it, as well. They say it can be genetic.
Now, I'm on my way to the blog to check out your review.

Rebecca Talley said...

My husband had asthma as a kid and then grew out of it. It now seems to have returned with a vengeance. We're currently testing him to see if there's anyhting else wrong or if it's just asthma and what medicines can control it. He has triggers: coal smoke, hay, dust, but he can't completely eliminate those so we're hoping we can control his asthma. It's very scary when someone can't breathe.

jenheadjen said...

How fascinating. I never knew asthma had so many different triggers - I always thought it was from smoke or exercise. Definitely food for thought!