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Friday, January 27, 2012

Fight For Air Climb

Can you climb 24 flights of stairs? That's what many people do at American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb in Salt Lake City, Utah. In fact, last year there were firefighters in full firefighting gear (I think they're called "turnouts".) They would climb the 24 flights of stairs in their heavy gear and almost pass out. What a feat!

There are some fitness nuts who repeatedly climb the 24 flights of stairs. I saw multiple people last year climbing the stairs over and over and over. One person was trying to repeat the climb enough times so it was the same distance as if he was climbing Mount Everest. Wow!

Last year I went to the climb with Hubby and daughter Kitty. It's a great chance to talk to other people with asthma and see what resources are available. The American Lung Association works with several different areas for people who suffer with asthma, emphysema and COPD, second hand smoke and they fund lung cancer research.

So the money you donate is well spent in these areas. They also work with air quality and radon (did you know that exposure to radon has also been linked to lung cancer?) To find out more about radon, click here.

To find out more about the Fight For Air Climb, click here.

If you are adventurous, come join the American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb on February 25th in Salt Lake City!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Neti pots and brain eating infections?!

 I just read an article that talked about how two people in Louisiana died from a brain infection after using contaminated water in their neti pots.

Neti pots are used to rinse out your sinuses, some people say it is just as effective as antibiotics for sinus infections. However, you have to make sure that the water is sterile. You should buy a gallon of sterile, distilled water, or you can boil your water (and then wait until it cools to use in your neti pot.)

The problem is that contaminated water can get into your sinus area and then go your brain and cause infections. Yes, it is rare, but it can happen. (And would you want to be the one it happens to?!)

Most of the rare brain infections occur when people splash or inhale contaminated water from warm water sources (lakes, rivers, hot springs or poorly maintained swimming pools.) The article says it happens mostly in the southern states. It's a puzzle as to why other people can be in the same water, but not get sick.

To read more about the story, click here.

So, just another random piece of information for you. Remember to use sterile, distilled water in your neti pots.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dust and allergies and asthma

This is one side of my tv cabinet, there are three sections. Each of the bottom sections has boxes to contain clutter. One of the problems when you have asthma and allergies is dust. And dust is everywhere, making us sneeze and wheeze. I have cd's stored in all of my boxes, sorted by type of music of course. I like using boxes to hold all of our cd's because the lid on top keeps the dust out.

Of course most people now just download songs onto their electronic devices to listen. But we actually have and use cd's.....

This time of year seems to be the time that magazines and websites talk about organizing your life. I guess it's all part of the whole "let's make a New Year's Resolution" thing. Some people want to lose weight, some people want to eat healthier, others want to organize their house. Some people are good at organizing, but even if you're not, there are simple things you can do to reduce clutter and dust in your home.

  • Reduce clutter! (Yes, you can donate things and other people can use them!)

  • Use containers to hold your clutter

  • Dust using a damp cloth

And don't even think of shoving everything under the bed. One of the worst places for dust is under the bed. It seems like the only time you see how bad it is under there is if you are moving, because you have to pull the bed out. Asthma Doc tells us not to having anything under the bed. No soccer balls, old pieces of pizza, dirty laundry or old book reports.

Make sure to vacuum under your bed every week, along with the rest of the house.

So, just a few random ideas from inside my head. Hope this helps with allergies and asthma.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another rescue by strangers

Another car has had an accident, with people stopping to help. Some of you may remember the story that happened here this fall when some people passing by stopped and pulled a burning car off a motorcylist. To see video of the story, click here.

This time, the car went off the road and slid into a river. In the winter! Luckily, this has been the driest December on record for our state. If this had been a normal winter, there would have been a lot more snow and ice in the river. When the car went into the river, it was actually upside down. A window broke during the crash and the car soon filled with water. The father couldn't find the 3 children trapped inside the car, so he came to the top of the river quickly to catch his breath. By that time, 6 men were already charging into the river to help. Using super human strength, they flipped the car right side up.

All 3 children were rescued, but only one was breathing. Two had to have CPR and were taken to the hospital and spent a few days there.

To read the full story, click here.

Could I help in a time like this? Would the extreme stress cause an asthma attack? It's one of those less well known 'triggers' that can cause an asthma attack. Cold temperatures can also cause an asthma attack. Can you imagine someone with asthma, in a cold river in winter, trying to help rescue 3 kids in trouble? I'm so glad the people who stopped to help were healthy and strong. And most likely didn't have asthma!

The kids were released from the hospital and seem to be doing well. What an incredible story! I love happy endings!