Rules of 2's
I listened to a "telehealth" yesterday from the Utah Asthma Program. (They broadcast a speaker live over the internet once every 3 months.) They also record the telehealth presentations so you can watch them later. To see some of the programs they have done in the past, click here. (This last presentation isn't on there yet, but give them a little time and they will add it.)
Each speaker is very smart, I learn something new every time-even though I've been dealing with asthma for 12 years with my 3 kids. This program was by David Gourley, who talked about Diagnosing Asthma. He talked about the "Rules of 2." There are many people who are sure that their asthma is under control, but this is how to tell.
Your asthma is NOT under control if you are:
- Using your inhaler more than 2 times per week
- Waking up at night (due to asthma) more than 2 times per month
- Refilling your Albuterol canister more than 2 times per year
There are a lot of different medications that they can use to control asthma. You can work with your doctor until you find one that works for you. All 3 of my kids and I use different medications, different strengths of medication, etc. Asthma is a very individual disease.
Some people are afraid of side effects of using controller medication. But it is better to have your asthma under control and not be using your inhaler so often. What if you forget your inhaler? Run out? Can't find it? Controller medication can help control the swelling in your lungs that happens with asthma. If the swelling is already there, and you get sick on top of that, it can be too much for your lungs to handle. (As we found out with our kid's 12 hospitalizations!)
Asthma can and should be under control. But it takes a little experimenting with medications and doses to get it right. If you have any problems under the Rules of 2's, talk to your doctor pronto! You should be able to enjoy life with asthma once it's under control.
And I intend to enjoy life and live long enough to annoy my kids. Ha!