Help Is Just A Phone Call Away!
Do you ever have questions about asthma and aren't sure where to turn? You know - the one question you forgot to ask while you were sitting in the exam room?
Or your doctor just uses medical terms while you're there. And you have to say, "Once again....in English?!" You have NO idea what he just said, so you just nod and make your way to the door? (Not that I've ever done that - I keep asking questions until I understand what he's saying!)
You can call the doctor's office - then ask the nurse - who can then ask the doctor - and then call you back - with what he said. It's kind of a long chain of phone calls to get your answer.
I've done that, and it took a while, but it worked. And since I have a good relationship with my doctor, I don't mind bothering him with follow-up questions. I want to make sure I'm doing everything he says and following his directions, because asthma can be tricky to treat sometimes.
If you don't have a good relationship with your doctor, or maybe just want someone else to talk to, you can call American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine. It's FREE and is run by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists. They explain the HelpLine this way:
"We are nurses and respiratory therapists who help people with information and questions about the lungs, lung disease and lung health, as well as helping people quit tobacco. Our services are free, and you can call us by phone at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)."
They are available:
Monday-Friday from 7 am - 9 pm CT
Weekends from 9 am - 5 pm
If you call after hours, you can leave a message and they will call you back the next day. How cool is that?
If you don't like to talk on the phone and would rather email, you can do that too - Submit Your Question, and they will reply to your email with an answer.
Still wondering if they have enough experience to help you?
The American Lung Association website says:
"They're all registered nurses and registered respiratory therapists, with backgrounds in all types of patient care settings, including rehabilitation, education, acute care, emergency medicine, public health, neonatal care, home care and adult intensive care. Some staff members are addiction counselors who crossed over from drug and alcohol treatment programs to tobacco cessation, and we have staff who are bilingual (Spanish), allowing us to help even more people. Our translation service helps with more than 200 different languages as well."
Sounds like they have seen it all and heard it all, and can easily answer any questions you may have.
What if you smoke too?
And have tried to quit multiple times and Yes You Know It's Bad To Smoke When You Have Asthma! I have family members who smoke and have asthma and have had a hard time quitting - and I know that they are not alone. The people at the Lung HelpLine can help you with Tobacco Cessation Too!
What if you don't speak English?
Can they still help you? Yes! They have a story on their website about someone from France who needed help understanding their x-ray. So American Lung Association had someone help interpret for them. Oui!
There are lots of options if you have questions about asthma, use whatever works for you!
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