Anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, memory loss and fatigue. Symptoms which are well known and normally associated with mental health. However, I am going to give you my ideas linking the same symptoms to respiratory health. Anxiety: if you rely on an inhaler to relieve the on set of asthma, one can feel several types of … Continue reading Are you ok?
For the benefit of our international readers, the U.K is currently in the midst of a heatwave. Temperatures have been up 30℃ is some cases higher, it has had profound effects of the whole country including health warnings and wild fires. What many do not realise, the increased heat has caused havoc with the pollination … Continue reading The heatwave – WARNING
The National Health Service has celebrated many milestones, one of which was its 70th anniversary on 5th July 2018. Everyone will agree, no good has ever come out of war; however after WW2 the then Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan had an idea of vaccinating everyone to reduce the impact on human lives the war had already … Continue reading Happy Birthday NHS
I spent one full day at The Royal Brompton Hospital under the great care of the amazing respiratory team. My day started full on with a weight, height and observation test. I was then put onto a spirometry test. Spirometry is used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can … Continue reading The Tests
No. I am not questioning your integrity or how well you can keep a secret, I am asking a question with far more importance! Inhaler technique. Do you form a tight seal around your inhaler when taking a puff? or measuring your peak flow? I hope the answer is yes, but I know in reality … Continue reading How tight are your lips?
Would you know what to do if your child was to have an asthma attack? I ask this question because recently I’ve become more aware of people vaping/smoking around children. Its a well know fact that second hand smoke is bad for anyone but worse for children. What may not be well known is the … Continue reading What about the little puffs?
Yesterday was somewhat of a break through in my Asthma journey. I had an appointment with the difficult asthma protocol team at the Brompton, I had been refereed by the respiratory team at Northwick Park, this was a long awaited and extremely important appointment. Seeing the medical correspondence between the two doctors was like reading … Continue reading Whats up Doc?
After a recent follow-up outpatient appointment I was informed that blood works showed I have Eosinophilic Asthma, I am a unique breed that have managed to develop this rare condition found only in adults aged between 35 – 65 years. So what is Eosinophilic asthma? Well, for many years asthma has always been thought of … Continue reading It’s in the blood – Eosinophilic Asthma
My most recent asthma exacerbation saw me spend sometime in ITU, like all upgrades of admission whether it a night club or hospital one can expect extra treatment and a type of branding. Mine came in the form of an arterial line, like a VIP band to access all areas. An arterial line is a thin mesh catheter inserted … Continue reading Red velvet rope – Arterial Line
Asthma is not just a wheeze and a cough, it can be a lot more. GERD – Gastroesphageal reflux disease, this is when your lungs swell as they’ve been working so hard, this then pushes down onto the stomach allowing the acid within to make its way up into the oesophagus Eczema – triggers that cause inflammation … Continue reading Asthma coupled with…