Whether you are moving out permanently or just going away on holiday, leaving the place you call home is a big disruption to the routine you are accustomed to.If you happen to be an asthma sufferer, this can really throw off your methods of managing your condition.However, it is important to ensure that asthma is properly managed, and there are a number of steps you can take to make sure that things don't slip when you are away from your usual home....more
On being a mom…
Being a mom comes with great love and adoration, immense joy, rewarding moments, sloppy kisses and hugs around the neck..
It also comes with hard days, exhaustion, great sacrifices, worry, anxiety and stress.
I think worry is all part of the process. You’re given this tiny being to love and care for. Random things we take for granted become scary and dangerous like flights of stairs and large bodies of water, rocky asphalt and electrical outlets.
Ice cream and grilled cheese…hamburgers with sesame seed buns and mustard…peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…
because I am up,congested to the top of my head, and Jim is sleeping.Is there anything else worse than having your breathing impaired?Nothing in all my years with crappy sinuses have made me so physically uncomfortable. I don’t even want to think of how asthma and other sufferers of serious breathing diseases handle this on a daily basis, and with the thought of them, I know that I really can’t complain about being stopped up. Perhaps it is the 4:10am aspect of it-I am one who loves my sleep and know by being up now, it’s going to be a really long day....more
There is something brilliant about food, about that perfect family meal that bonds the broken ties, erases the realm of all the days problems if the so exist and creates such magical memories. As a child I grew in my grandmothers’ kitchen in Maine. It was a place filled with cakes past anyone’s appetite and the pressure cooker of all greatest foods of my Scottish, English heritage. It was a place that I would learn about tradition, values and the true joy of food. The place many years later I would revisit to recreate for my own family....more
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new treatment for severe asthma offered in the U.S and Europe. My mother-in-law Judy Kassees was successfully treated last summer. It has vastly improved the quality of her life! Prior to this treatment she could not breathe.She was depressed, miserable, scared and became "kind of a hermit". She thought it was easier to die than try to breathe.Judy says "It was a miserable way of life"...more
Please join your voice to mine so my daughter Cole and all our kids can have clean air to breathe and thrive. Stand up and say you support clean air for kids, by signing MomsRising's petition here....more
Many children who have asthma don't receive the flu vaccine and are much more likely to have worsening asthma symptoms if they get the flu. Interestingly enough, parents who don't have their children vaccinated aren't as concerned about the flu being a trigger for asthma attacks and are more worried about the potential side effects of the vaccine....more
There are two days remaining to sign up to win a $2,500 savings bond for your K-12 child with asthma and a $5,000 grant for their schools to help improve asthma care and prevention.
More details about the contest and how you can sign up, check out my blog link at
At 3 a.m. I dreamed some Romulans shut me up in a spare photon torpedo capsule. I don't know why. They seemed angry at me. There wasn't much air in the capsule. I quickly used it all up. I couldn't breathe. Suddenly, I woke up from the dream to find that I couldn't breathe. Asthma is like that. It's not the first time he's crept into my dreams like a bad man riding into Dodge City. I lurch into the bathroom to get to my albuterol inhaler. You're supposed to wait for a time in between the two puffs....more