Six years ago, Lisa Kelly went to see her doctor about a chronic cough. She learned she has severe uncontrolled asthma. With her doctor’s help, she has since tried various treatments to manage her asthma. They have each helped for a little while, but not as much as she would like. In 2017, she discovered the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) online community.
On Feb. 17, 2018, Javan Allison took a shower and wrote “help me” on the steamy bathroom mirror with his finger. He was struggling to breathe and having a severe asthma attack. “We took him to the emergency room and they could not get him to breathe,” remembered his mom Monique Cooper-Allison. “Normally, we would catch his asthma attacks and be in the emergency room for a couple of hours. This time, he was in the ICU for a week.” Javan spent a week in the ICU after a severe asthma attack.
Feels like it was yesterday when Javan wrote help me on the mirror. We love this, it is great to see aafa helping people with asthma all over the world. I too have asthma and it makes it a little easy for me to help my son in what he need to know about Asthma. Thank you again AAFA.
I was out in the cold weather and came in and had to use my emergency inhaler. My husband doesn’t believe the weather has any thing to do with asthma. Is that true? I read that Javen parents said they watch the weather. Thanks Jeana
Hi Jeana - I hope your emergency medicine helped. Cold weather can be an asthma trigger . Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction). One thing that helps is to wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth and nose. That helps warm the air before it gets to your lungs. We've actually been talking about this on the support forum - Managing your Asthma and Allergies in the Winter .
Hi Jeana, cold weather has a lot to do with Javans Asthma. Matter of fact, the change of weather period. When it rains and then gets cold, or when it’s hot and then rain, or when it gets cold alone. Javan body also heats up fast so if we cover him up in layers, we teach him to take it off in school if he gets hot and to not wait too late until he sweats because then the wind may hit him and he will get sick. Have your husband go with you to the doctor and ask the doctor questions while he’s ...
This story brings tears to my eyes. Keep on going!!!! I am so proud of you Javan! You are brave. Not only do you give me courage and strength, you give it to countless numbers of others who struggle with asthma. ❤❤❤ Debbie
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