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How do you keep up with your asthma triggers/symptoms/numbers?

Just curious-how does everyone keep up or journal their asthma symptoms/triggers/numbers/meds?  I've tried several apps over the years and finally just started putting all of that info in Excel where I have control of it and don't risk losing it again (I lost 3 years of data when a developer quit updating his app).  I've been looking at an app called AsthmaMD-looks like it has everything I normally track but I haven't started using it yet.

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  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Your question is a great reminder for me that I need something to start tracking my exacerbations. I just looked up AsthmaMD and the things I like about it are:

    1. Its FREE!!!

    2. You can share it with your physician

    3. Track how medication is helping you manage asthma

    4. Being a part of asthma research…

    I'll check it out and see how easy it is to use…and will let you know what I think.  Thanks!

  • Pljohns

    I have had it downloaded for several months but haven't used it-guess I'm gun shy but it looks like it's been around for YEARS.

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Can you download a list of your reports once a week?  This way, you can add this information easily to an app, but not be in danger of losing more than a week's info at a time?

  • Pljohns

    I should be able to-the old app didn't have a download ability.  At least in Excel, I can catch trends (like how a med changed affected me and how it affected me the last time I tried it) and I put in notes on the weather, how my day is (very stressful, tired etc) and I have different colored high lighting for different things(red=med change; lt blue=triggers etc) so I can quickly glance at it and see what was going on on any given day.  The drawback is I have to have the computer to put it all in Excel, so in the morning, when I do my peak flow, I just put it in the notes section of a blood pressure app and then transfer it to excel when I get to work.

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, that is a great idea! Do you have a smart phone? You should be able to run excel on it. 

  • Pljohns

    I do-iphone-and it just hadn't dawned on me about that-I swear, sometimes I'm as technically slow as my MIL 

  • LK

    Melissa,  I didn't know I could do that on my smart phone, either!  So much for my computer literacy!  

  • Pljohns

    As much as I like that option, just did a quick search on MS excel for iphone and apparently there is a problems with the autosave feature-it doesn't always work and then entire documents are lost.  right now, my excel document is on my work PC and is backed up nightly-I've lost data once and don't want to lose it again so I guess I'll leave it as is and see about another app to temp store the data on my phone.

  • K8sMom2002

    I THINK I've managed to read Excel spreadsheets on my iPhone. I know I've been able to open word documents.

    My phone came with Pages, Numbers and Keynote, which is Apple's version of Office, so you can technically do it there and export it as an Excel spreadsheet, I think.

    Another option is to print the selection as a pdf and then save it to your iPhone in iBooks. I do that a lot when I just need the info, but don't want to mess with opening the program.

  • Pljohns

    good point cynthia-There is a program on my ipad (can't remember the name now) that is a take off on MS Office and lets you do everything on any of the office suite programs that you need to.  I don't know if it's available on the phone or not.

  • Pljohns

    I guess I"m going to have to take the plunge and try out the new app and see how I like it.  It has everything on it that I normally track and it's customizable for triggers etc. and you put your asthma action plan it and it notifies you when you are in yellow etc.  

  • LK

    You can do it, Lynn!!  I think that app, Asthma MD, is the one I was using on my phone last year and then my phone did an update and the app didn't have an update available so it stopped working.  Since then it did an update and is compatible with my phone but I just haven't gone back to using it.  I did like how it would alert you and remind you to check your numbers and use your rescue inhaler or neb depending on how you told it you were doing.

  • Pljohns

    I like that too-I need all the help I can get in that area as I'm not good at slowing down and doing nebs when I need to.  I also like that it will remind you when to take meds-which is a HUGE help when I'm on a pred taper.  It takes an app and a calendar to keep  me on track with my taper as crazy as it is.  Right now, I use pillminder for that part of it and it does a good job but is really hard to set up with my taper.

  • Melissa G

    Mmm, I use Polaris office on my iphone and the iphone version of excel and I have not had a problem with it saving. I do more on my phone than on the computer, my homeschooling my kids are always on the laptop. 

  • Pljohns

    Polaris office-that’s IT!  That’s what is on my iPad but didn’t know there was a iPhone version.  I’ll have to give that a whirl.  I’ve not had any problems with it either.  I was looking at the MSExcel for iPhone and that is what had the issue with saving.

  • Melissa G

    I love Polaris office! So easy to be able to access any of our documents from any device. 

  • Amber Says Shine

    I use an app called Peak Flow. But good point about app developers suddenly not updating anymore. Losing all that data would be a bummer! I may switch to using Google Sheets.

  • K8sMom2002

    I think it would be a great thing to download the data periodically as spreadsheets — never heard of Polaris, but I'm so glad to hear about that!