What's an appropriate expectation or goal if you have asthma? The list below can give you an idea of what you can strive for as you better manage your asthma.
- Sleep through the night. You should be able to sleep through the night without being awakened by asthma symptoms.
- Be active. You should be able to participate in sports and other activities. Asthma patients do not need to avoid being active. If you are having symptoms with activities or sports please talk with your asthma medical team.
- Avoid missed school or work days. You should not need to miss much school or work days if your asthma is under good control.
- Avoid hospital and emergency room visits. You should not have to visit the hospital or emergency room very often. It is important to know what symptoms to watch for and know what to do about those symptoms. The earlier you are able to take action for symptoms, the quicker you will recover.
- Feel good about your asthma control. We want you to feel that your asthma is under control and that you are comfortable with the medications that you take. We also want you to be pleased with the care that you are receiving. If you have concerns about any of these areas please talk with any member of your health care team at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
Block #5 Activity
Think about each of these goals. Print this list, record your status regarding each of these goals and place in your Riley Hospital for Children Stay Active in Life (SAIL) at Indiana University Health binder.
1. Sleep through the night.
This is not a problem for me
I wish I could sleep through the night every night
2. Be active.
I can do anything I want to
I wish I could do the following: ______________________________
3. Avoid missed school days.
I had perfect attendance last year at school
I missed __ days of school last year. This year I only want to miss __ school days
4. Avoid hospital stays and emergency room visits.
I did not go to the hospital or emergency room last year for asthma
I had to go to the hospital or emergency room __ time(s) last year. This year I only want to go to the hospital or emergency room __ time(s).
5. Feel good about my asthma control.
I am happy with my asthma control
I am comfortable with my asthma medications
I wish I had less asthma episodes.