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Asthma Hacks: Where Are They When You Need Them?

What would you want to see created to make your life as an asthma patient easier? Are you a subscriber to technology or quantified self-er.

What ways have you improved your understanding of your asthma or the management of it. Have you designed or developed a way of tracking your own data or made improvements to your management with the data you have collected?

I have tried a few things; apps to remind me of medication that needs to be taken, I have tried tracking things in excel and even a brief stint tracking data on sticky notes. This process definitely was not high technology but it definitely did do the trick. I know that there was a time where I had difficulty sleeping from the constant need to clear mucous and I long dreamed of devices to make the clearing easy and a way to make a bed or lounger that kept my body in the most comfortable position for this clearing or at least not being disruptive to my loved one. While my quest for this solution still evolves. I have also thought about more attainable goals, such as a device to clean my aero-chambers for me. I know that I can put them in the dishwasher but a whole load to wash medical devices seems a bit wasteful since, in my house, it would take a whole week to fill our dishwasher. I would love to see an individual device, especially since the recommended cleaning requirements are weekly cleaning.1 I would definitely be more compliant on washing my devices if there was an easier and a more efficient way to clean them.

There is data that non-compliance is prevalent in patients suffering from chronic diseases. This is especially prevalent in those that have fluctuating or absence of symptoms as may be seen in asthma patients. The data suggests that special efforts should be made to address non-compliance issues.2

What are the tasks that you dread when it comes to your care? Do you have any tips for others? I think I need to have an e-tracking device built into my rescue inhaler, often times these seem to find their ways into odd bags, random rooms or in the most unusual spots. I have found that having a few simple tweaks can make living with asthma easier. One of the first things that I did was start keeping journals, not only of my symptoms, medications, timing and doctors visits but also tracking the good things; for example, I love having a way of documenting improvements in treatment or milestones. This provides me with a way of not only keeping track of data but also archiving it. I know that dust mites strategies are considered controversial, however I think it works for me.

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  2. Jin J, Sklar GE, Min Sen Oh V, Chuen Li S. Factors affecting therapeutic compliance: A review from the patient’s perspective. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. 2008;4(1):269-286.