Imagine basking in the beautiful weather with your family outside. Your 5-year-old sister is all smiles as she rides her bike nearby.
Suddenly, you find her collapsed on the grass. Unconscious.
You rush to get her nebuliser. But you can’t quite silence the alarm bells ringing in your head, especially since you already took steps to prevent your sister from having an asthma attack.
This was what Chloé Caborn-collingham experienced in mid-September. Ensuring her sister Jessica uses her brown inhaler before leaving the house is just one of the many strategies in the arsenal deployed to fight Jessica’s condition.
Their family has also put Jessica on a purple inhaler, a three-week antibiotics course, a SATS monitor and allergy testing.
Still, playtime at school is frequently disrupted by bouts of coughing and wheezing. Jessica may also be sent to the hospital as many as 4 times from her breathlessness during the winter.
While her suspected attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) grants Jessica plenty of energy to zip around, it’s doubly difficult to tell when something is wrong as she doesn’t slow down even when her asthma strikes.
Their family thus needs to keep a watchful eye over Jessica and do constant guesswork on her health status.
”Honestly, I just wish the asthma was gone. Everything would be so much easier without it,” Chloé adds.
The next best thing would be to have something that can monitor Jessica’s health 24/7 so their family can enjoy some peace of mind.
We hope Jessica is feeling better these days!
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