When I got the diagnosis of subglottic tracheomalacia. I sat there bleary-eyed and not really able to take stuff in. I'd just had a bronchoscopy which involves shoving a thin flexible tube (about the width of one of your finest HB pencils) up your nose and down in to the back of your throat. This … Continue reading Shouting in to the Google void
I'm not talking about a professional curly blow that left my locks all glossy and bouncy, nor am I talking about a sleek straight blow dry finish. I'm talking about a messy but functional blow dry from a man who loves me dearly but who doesn't believe in the power of using a nozzle to … Continue reading I’m 28 years old and my Dad blow-dried my hair today
September is 'Back2School' time of year. It's when social media floods with photos of children in over-sized school uniforms they'll probably never grow in to. It's when Clarks turns in to school shoe war-zone and it's the month you see more cars on the motorway that are full to bursting with IKEA's finest selection of … Continue reading Paranoid or prepared?
Me included! Last week I had my first hospital trip of the season although unlike the football, I was hoping to delay kick off until at least September. It was the first visit (not counting my outpatient season ticket) since my tracheomalacia diagnosis so it felt a bit like a pre-season friendly to test out … Continue reading Everyone loves being listened to
I ambitiously set myself a goal in my head of making it through the summer without having any trouble with my breathing. The date (1 September 2018) became more concrete in my mind as I breezed through July without any issues...if I made it to September, the date that marks a new academic year, kids … Continue reading Trusting my body
I'm a person that really likes looking forward and is usually pretty focused on what will be the 'next step.' I don't quite have a concrete 5 year plan that's engraved in to stone but I like to have a couple of things to work towards. I guess I generally quite like to feel a … Continue reading Loads of question marks
This post is going to throw you back to the days of GCSE Biology, yep I'm gonna talk about osmosis. So... treatment. At the moment, there's no 'fix' for my floppy airway. It's more of a case of dealing with the symptoms of tracheomalacia and managing them in the best way possible. I've mentioned in … Continue reading Treating a floppy airway
Tracheomalacia in adults isn't very common, or, it might just be that it isn't very well diagnosed at the moment. First of all, there's loads of different things at play that aren't easy to separate out from one another. Some people have congenital tracheomalacia, they were born with it. This could be due to underlying … Continue reading *Cough, cough, cough*
Don't worry, that's exactly what I thought.... Ever since I can remember, I've always been one of those cool kids who carried a blue inhaler around with them, got a little bit wheezy in winter and was stereotypically below-average in P.E. A classic asthmatic! Despite a handful of hospital admissions as a child, it was … Continue reading What the hell is tracheomalacia?