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Welcome to our April New Members!

Join me in welcoming our new community members this week! By being a part of our asthma community, we can work together to improve all of our lives through education and support. We are glad you found us and look forward to getting to know you.

My name is Kathy Przywara and I’m the director of the community here. I have had asthma since I was a kid, but it wasn't diagnosed until I was an adult. I also have nasal allergies and food allergies. I have 2 almost-adult kids who have dealt with allergies and asthma since they were very little.

Please share a little bit of your asthma story and introduce yourself.

@abaker, @Abraham, @AFSimpson, @AliceMn, @asthmamom, @Azar, @Butch, @CaddyBoo, @Carla Lee, @Caterria, @cindy kere, @Cynthia, @Dar63, @donnamarie, @Dot, @Erica edmond, @Erinnicole, @Evelyn Arguinzoni, @George Ebright, @isasmom, @Je720768, @jennifer beardsley, @Joyce Bliefernich, @Kalena71, @Katalina, @Krista, @ksteed, @Kyle72, @Latina Hudson, @lbowman, @LindaF, @Linheart, @Mala Shea, @Michele Clabeaux, @MICHELE S @Michell @Mmcd, @MomB, @mr5, @Nurse Tara, @Olia G, @Pam M, @Patriciam6982, @Paulette Kuhlman, @Pauline, @Phyllis Picardi, @Rebecca29, @Samantha B, @Savannah Webb, @Shawna, @Sheesha32, @SLA, @Smiles7207, @sr, @Stacie Savage, @Stephanie Waller, @Sue47, @Sue55, @Tameka Ross, @Tammy Green, @tlb2002, @Tt, @Veronica Murphy, @Vicki Davies, @xxianis, @Yolanda Carter

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  • Melanie Carver

    Welcome, everyone!

    Thank you for joining AAFA's asthma community. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Tameka Ross

    Hi thank you for email me. My son Xeandric has asthma and allergies reallybad, he had to stay home this week from school because he is sick. He wasdiagnosed when he was 2 he's now 11. I worry a lot about him going placeswith friends and family, because I'm afraid of something happening. I wasgoing to home school him because he was missing so much school. Like nowhe's been home for three days that's a lot of school time he's missing outon. I hope one day I can enjoy watching him play without worrying abouthim having a asthma attack.On Apr 6, 2017 5:51 PM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Jen

    Hi Tameka,

    Welcome to AAFA's asthma support forums.  I'm glad you're here. What are the  for your son's asthma?

  • Melanie Carver

    Hi @Tameka Ross,

    I'm so sorry to hear your son has been struggling with asthma and missing school. Does he have a health plan on file at the school? (IHP or 504 plan?) It may help so that he is not penalized for missing classes.

    I hope his current flare clears up soon. Are the spring allergies bothering him?

  • Rebecca29

    Hi My name is RebeccaMy son Chris has asthma and broncatis really bad and he has allergies too.

  • Melanie Carver

    Hi @Rebecca29,

    Welcome to our support community.

    Having asthma puts us at risk of getting lung infections, like bronchitis. I just caught a bug that took 6 weeks to clear up. I'm sorry to hear your son is dealing with bronchitis on top of his asthma.

    Is he school-age? How is he doing with school? Is he missing a lot of classes?

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome to our new members! 

    Tameka, my DD has had to be out in the past for lots of doctors appointments and illnesses and procedures, and I know how worried that made me.

    I agree that a 504 plan may help you. Kids With Food Allergies has great resources on  and a , which is an agreement between the school and yourself to help your kiddo work around his asthma. 

    In the meantime, even if you don't have a 504 plan, you still may be able to reach out to the school and ask that your child be placed on "homebound status." In Georgia at least, that means that a teacher from the school is supposed to come to the student's home and give him assignments and tests. I did this when my DD had to have surgery and would be out. It's not a perfect solution, but in Georgia at least the kiddo is not counted absent for the days he's on homebound status. I'm betting that your state or local system has a similar program. I would reach out to the board of education office and ask.

    Rebecca, your son sounds a lot like my daughter when she was younger. By the time my DD was three she'd already had bronchitis at least twice that we knew of, and probably more. to what Melanie says — asthma leaves us more likely to get lung infections. Have you talked to your pediatrician about and the ? That can help reduce the risk of some infections and asthma-related complications.

  • Kathy P

    Welcome @Rebecca29and @Tameka Ross. I hope you will check out the rest of the support forums -  

  • ksteed

    Hey everyone,

    My name is Kayla and my 9 y/o son has asthma and allergies. He was diagnosed at 3 and we've been on this roller coaster ride since then. He has SEVERE seasonal and environmental allergies but no food allergies. His asthma is easily triggered by any type of fragrance, smoke, spray, aerosols, etc. It's so hard to watch him grow up with so many restrictions because he wants to do the fun stuff other kids do. Most people don't understand the severity of these issues so it's difficult for them to understand what I deal with every day. Thanks for welcoming me into the group! 

  • Kathy P

    Welcome Kayla. It's so hard to watch kids be limited by asthma. Both my kids have asthma as well, but not severe. My daughter has exercise induced asthma and that is hard when she was taking karate class. She'd be coughing the whole time! We worked with her doc to find a solution to pretreat. She is now a second degree black belt! She still struggled with the conditioning out in the misty night air after a full day of exercise on testing days. But she made it!

    If there is a particular issue you need help with, I recommend starting a new topic. 

  • Melanie Carver

    Hi @ksteed, we're glad you've joined us. Asthma and allergies are unique conditions that depend on others around us to help keep us healthy and safe. It's a difficult position to be in – to be dependent on the understanding of others. 

    My neighbors don't "get it" that burning garbage in their yard is a serious hazard for me. Or people who douse themselves in perfume/cologne have no idea how "repulsive" it is to people with asthma.

    Next month is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and we'll be hard at work to raise awareness of these conditions with the general public. We hope you join us!

  • Jen

    Hi Kayla @ksteed,

    Welcome to AAFA's asthma support forum.  It's rough when your kids can't do what other kids are doing.  What kinds of things does your son like to do?

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Kayla!

    My DD was diagnosed with asthma about the age your son was. It IS hard to watch them struggle for something that other folks take for granted — their very breath. 

    Do you have a 504 plan in place at school? I know you said your son doesn't have food allergies, but Kids with Food Allergies has a . 

  • K8sMom2002

    We have a lot of new faces this week! Join me in welcoming our new community members so that they don't feel lost in the crowd. By being a part of our asthma community, we can educate and support one another. We're glad you found us and look forward to getting to know you.

    I'm Cynthia — or K8sMom2002. I've been diagnosed with asthma since my early 30s, and it was a rude surprise to me. My DD, who is 15, also has asthma and was diagnosed when she was a toddler. My triggers include tobacco smoke, perfumes and strong odors and grasses and hay, as well as any sort of cold or upper respiratory infection. My DD's triggers are pollen and grass related, along with tobacco smoke and colds and upper respiratory infections.

    Please share a little bit of your asthma story and introduce yourself!

    @Gallen, @Callmestacy, @Angie Schmudde, @Ericka L. Peterson, @Lai123, @Arina, @JenniferH, @Beverely, @Donna Nicholson, @Lisa-Marie Collins, @Donnia Davis, @K, @Katelamp, @Larryamg, @GWS, @Jrzy, @Lesley, @cassie, @Al, @Chantel, @Kathyj @Jazmin Gutierrez, @Art Scott, @George, @Kaleigh, @Leila, @LibbyAnecia, @Francis, @Chantel courtney, @Brenda Vollman @Hssmiles, @Jasper, @Holly Woods, @Jeanne, @Andrea Mazz, @Jodi, @Kyle286, @Mauro, @QuietLady, @Miriam, @Roseann, @Sandra Hanks, @Terri knight, @Sarrge, @Sharon Vanstone, @SydWills, @Marylyn, @Viola ames, @TamiSue, @Roosterlu, @SueMou, @Tammy36, @Trudy Collins, @Patti Evenson, @MaryJane, @pam jeffries, @Ocean, @Maps, @mrand, @Wendy La Puma, @Yolanda Maloney, @Biggdaddy, @Susan Leigh young RN, @Meci, @Foluso, @gp, @gail barrile, @Steven Edelman, @5dr80, @Amirulhakim, @Concerned, @TheAuctionGal, @Rosanne Ratzel, @Elizabeth Enriquez, @Melanie Mo=is Long,RN, @ChristieC, @Sherry O, @Kim.lam, @Arun Sarda, @Yab, @Daniela Betancur, @mcpamelat, @BrendaKay, @Angie Leth, @Jose Cruz Daniel Mancillas, @kieora, @Blanche Jones @Olesa, @debbie smith, @Shellz72, @chrmiles, @Luvngrammy's Creations, @Pamela Peterson, @sidghatak, @Scott j, @Brenda4, @Shonte, @Rachel@831, @masterlock, @Cliff Schubert, @John Law Gatt, @Christine Kelly, @Ali, @Jane Richards, @LisaMarie, @SaraLong, @Lindy, @Ivan, @Linda M, @KELLI H, @Laura Dale, @Panda0.0, @DanaCW, @Amyjoanne, @Kay, @welove199, @Yvonne, @Phatmaine, @Sweets44

    My apologies if I missed anyone who joined this past week — if I did, please chime in and introduce yourself!

  • Jen

    I'd like to welcome all of our new members this week.  We're glad to have you on AAFA's Asthma Support Forums.  I hope that everyone will join me in welcoming all of the new faces.  We look forward to getting to know you.

    My name is Jen.  My family deals with various allergic diseases.  Between my husband and kids – seasonal allergies, medication allergies, food allergies, and eczema – we are affected every day.  My husband also deals with reduced lung capacity due to lung cancer surgery 4.5 years ago.  I have cough variant asthma that flares when I have respiratory illnesses.

    Please introduce yourself and tell us how asthma affects you and your family.

    @laurensmith, @Fitz, @Lidia, @Jasmyn, @Kylie W., @PLM, @Tom Perrone, @SRUSD Nurse, @TiffTurc, @Xander V. Taylor, @MaryCS, @Mcbabydlphn, @Diana Allen, @JaszyJ, @Ellas gigi, @PluckPA, @Pluck, @Eva, @Kammy Quinnell, @lori1973, @Mariaparsons, @Wendy Reiss, @Lennonxw, @Briana, @Christina McCann, @Celia, @Latasha, @Nicki, @Lindavo, @Charlene Plexman, @keepsmiling, @AmyH, @Roberta Jones, @Gillianwh, @Verity Johmson, @Marcella, @Kwamsley, @Ccnee, @Candy holloway, 

  • Latasha

    AMy name is Tasha and my little girl is Trinay and we was having a veryhard time. She has had this cough for bout 2 years and we didn't think totalk to the doctor about it and when she had her first episode I had totake her to the hopital and the said she has asthma and we found a doctorto confirm it .And I have really bad seasonal allergies.On Apr 21, 2017 1:12 PM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Tasha! Welcome to the forums!

    Hugs on your little girl's asthma …  What kinds of things trigger her asthma attacks? What things help her?

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone!  You will find people here who finally understand what life is like and can offer support and suggestions.

  • Jen

    @Latasha Welcome.  How old is your daughter?  Does she see a specialist – pulmonologist or allergist?

  • Latasha

    3 years old and no she does not are Health INS hasnt kicked inOn Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 7:53 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Latasha
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Hi, Tasha! Welcome to the forums!

    Hugs on your little girl's asthma …  What kinds of things trigger her asthma attacks? What things help her?

    pollen , get to hot and right when she is about to go to sleep is the worst  

  • Latasha
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Hi, Tasha! Welcome to the forums!

    Hugs on your little girl's asthma …  What kinds of things trigger her asthma attacks? What things help her?

    pollen , get to hot and right when she is about to go to sleep is the worst  

  • Latasha

    Just want to say thank you i am stilling learning to use this page. I found having my a/c on 69 temp helps my baby's breath and finally got her medicine 

  • Pljohns

    Latasha,

    The AC helps me breath some too-as long as it's not too cold and so glad you finally got her meds!  You will find TONS of good advise, resources and most importantly SUPPORT here.  I"m a newbie here too but already it has made a HUGE difference for me just to know I finally found someone that understands what life is like with asthma.  While the medical community may do a great job taking care of us (or sometimes not that great), they don't often explain things well or answer questions or give out much info at all.  Until I found this group, I was on my own.  Even stupid things to other, such as finally being able to do a neb in front of someone, is not stupid here and you will get a wealth of support.  Welcome!!!!

  • Kathy P

    Welcome Latasha! Sorry to hear your little one is having a rough time. That's great that you've found the A/C helps and that you got her medicine. Is the medicine helping?

    Do you know what kinds of things trigger your daughter's asthma?

    What kind of things do you do to help with your own allergies? I have fairly bad allergies myself and they are one of my biggest asthma triggers.