It’s all in the management

asthma management

As a child I was severely asthmatic, chronically so. I still have the scars on my the top of my hand, where once when the staff at Emergency were so desperate to get intravenous steroids into me, they collapsed veins in my hand, trying to get the drip in.

I remember the pain of not being able to breath more though. That crushing feeling – in fact, that advertisement where they squeeze the balloon in a vice – that’s exactly what it’s like.

As I got older, the routine of preventative inhalers, spacers, peak flow measurements and relievers became second nature – although a pain to manage. So many things – so easy to forget. As winter rolled around, and colds became chest infections, or spring with the increased pollen counts – everyone would be on high alert as to my symptoms.

It still happens, even now as an adult. The familiar tightening in my chest, the shorter breathing and for some reason, I always get itchy under the chin. The tighter my breath becomes, the itchier it is; a sure sign I am not coping. I haven’t been hospitalised since my early 20’s, but reaching for the puffer is second nature.

We are fortunate that it’s not something we have had to worry about with Poss, and I have so much compassion for those of you who are  – I can only imagine the stress my parents went through, as they tried to find ways to help me manage it.

I was a swimmer, because that increased lung capacity. I was rugged up at the first sign of a cold and kept out of the crisp night are. We looked at foods that might have contributed to it. My poor mum spent what probably equated to months noting down all my peak flow measurements, trying to gauge whether it was a good day or a bad one and what might have contributed to it.

We tried so many preventative medications – but the taste of them put me off taking it – making sure that my parents had to stand over me and ensure it was done.

Times have moved on and medications are better now, so are the ways it can be managed. There is a new app out at the moment called AsthmaSense. It tracks symptoms, medications and peak flow measurements. It sets reminders for when medications are due and can help you track what you feel, and when – to help identify patterns in your breathing.

It’s an American app, but after using it now for a couple of weeks, I think it relates fine to us here, at the end of the day the symptoms are the same no matter where you are in the world. And if it makes it just that little bit easier to manage… well, it can only be a good thing, right?

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The AsthmaSense app is available from here for both iPhone and Android users, and is currently FREE until 1st October (and will be $3.99 after that – still a bargain).

{This was a sponsored post – however, of course, my experiences with this, along with my opinions on the app are all my own.}

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  1. My son is a severe asthmatic. Preventers and suppressants keep it under control. Steroids have contributed to his lack of height.
    I still worry even though it is more under control now he is older. I still wake at the slightest suggestion of a cough.
    He couldn’t ever swim because his lung capacity was so small the effort of breathing in water caused more attacks.
    Ugh.
    Sounds like a great app. Off to get it now.
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    • Oh Naomi… I have only compassion for you both.
      Let me know how you go with the App – I am keen to see how it works for you.

      Hugs to you xx

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