Asthma peak week
29
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


HER TO RECEIVE FLOWERS TODAY. (SN) IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE A MASSACHUSETTS MAN LOST HIS WIFE TO A SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACK OUTSIDE A LOCKED EMERGENCY ROOM. HE MAINTAINS, HIS WIFE WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN THAT BAD IF THEY’D KNOWN ABOUT “PEAK WEEK”. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ERICA RICCI TALKED TO A LOCAL DOCTOR ABOUT—- WHAT PEAK WEEK IS — SHE JOINS US FROM PROVIDENCE WITH WHAT SHE LEARNED — NEW AT SIX. PEAK WEEK REFERS TO THE THIRD WEEK IN SEPTEMBER WHEN ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SPECIALISTS SAY TRIGGERS ALL CULMINATE TO CREATE A PERFECT STORM FOR ASTHMATICS LEADING TO A SPIKE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS, ESPECIALLY AMONG CHILDREN. “That beginning of school is the biggest trigger” DOCTOR MARCELLA AQUINO SAYS SHE SEES IT EVERY YEAR IN SEPTEMBER. “alot of children coughing, wheezing” BUT IT’S USUALLY A *TRIFECTA OF TRIGGERS THAT GET CHILDREN TO THAT POINT. AS A SPECIALIST IN PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AT HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, DR. AQUINO SAYS IT’S NOT ONLY INCREASED EXPOSURE TO VIRUSES AT SCHOOL, BUT RAGWEED AND MOLD FROM LEAVES COLLECTING ON THE GROUND. “all these things kind of come together and it’s a high risk period” AND NOT JUST FOR KIDS. “she was 34 years old, there’s no way she ever thought asthma could end her life” PETER DEMARCO’S WIFE LAURA LEVIS WAS HAVING A SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACK THREE YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WENT TO SOMERVILLE HOSPITAL IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR HELP. SHE DIED STEPS FROM THE LOCKED ENTRANCE DOOR. IT WAS SEPTEMBER 22-ND… RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF “PEAK WEEK”. “That is the most dangerous week of the year for anyone with asthma” BUT IT’S NOT THE ONLY DANGER ZONE. DR. AQUINO SAYS THE *ENTIRE ASTHMA SEASON USALLY LASTS THROUGH WINTER SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET ASTHMA UNDER CONTROL NOW. SHE SAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT MAINTENANCE MEDICATIONS AND DO ALL YOU CAN TO STAY HEALTHY. “eating well, lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protiens, a good multi vitamin, drinking lots of fluids. All those are always essential” “make sure they have their inhalers, make sure they’ve filled their nebulizer fluids make sure that if they have an attack, they need to tell someone” TOMORROW IN BOSTON, DEMARCO WILLL TESTIFY ON BEACON HILL IN SUPPORT OF A BILL NAMED AFTER HIS WIFE. THAT WOULD SET STANDARDS FOR HOSPITALS REGARDING SIGNAGE AND LIGHTING SO ALL PATIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO CARE. IN PROVIDENCE, ERICA


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