Poor Air Quality and My Family: Why I Need To Speak Up #MamaSummitNJ

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.35.06 PMI remember the day my son was given a prescription for his inhaler, I thought he just had an infection. He had been coughing in the morning but otherwise seemed in good spirits. I got a call from school stating they thought he was sick and to come pick him up. As we were waiting for the doctor to come in and examine him I watched his chest go up and down rapidly. As soon as the doctor came in he just looked at him and said “he needs a nebulizer treatment right now. He is working too hard to breathe.”

My heart sank as an asthmatic myself I knew that this could be the first step down a path of lots of good days with no problems and some bad days where it is hard to just play outside. This day was a warm August day with high ozone (poor air quality) and it would be the first of many days that he may not get to play as hard as he wants to. [Read more…]