How do young adults experience asthma? Implications for education. by Didy Button Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Breath is Life. ….breathing comes naturally; it is so rudimentary that it requires no action of volition, no attention or thought.
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How do young adults experience asthma?Implications for education
by Didy Button
Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery
….breathing comes naturally;
it is so rudimentary that it requires no action of volition, no attention or thought.
But, for that very reason the wisdom of breathing is the most difficult, and the very last to be learned.
What is closest and most familiar is taken for granted: it is farthest from our thought.
Levin 1984 p.129
Young adults were recruited by purposeful sampling
“Do you know anyone with asthma around your age who might like to talk with me about their experiences with their asthma?”
18 to 26 year olds
Combined ‘X’ and ‘Y’ generations
Born after the baby boomers
Grown up with technology
Earn lots of money
Loyalty not paid off (redundancies)
Children later in life.
Staying at school longer.
Living with parents longer.
Saw fathers missing seeing children growing up.
Better quality of life.
Illness (dis ease) Dys appearance
Asthma is visible
Asthma is invisible
I’m meant to be taking Pulmicort and Bricanyl turbuhaler: but I don’t take them. I just feel it’s under control but I am always getting into trouble with Mich for not taking them. ….. I really only get it mild, as I said - apart from colds, say. I mean I do all the normal activities. Barb (26)
….It’s pretty hard…..I sort of know now that I can sort of prepare, or stay inside. I mean there’s not a lot I can do but I it’s there in the back of my mind so you know, between summer-winter , I can prepare a bit. I mean there’s nothing - Just sort of take it as it comes, usually. [Laugh] Barb (26)
The dust the winter and the dog, I am back to needing to use my Ventolin everyday, I am waking up wheezy and then it gets better again during the day and when I am back home I get it back again. It is probably not very well controlled at the moment…… Cathy (23)
We always hoped it would go away but it never went away, so I just forget about it now. I can’t do anything about it so I might as well just get on with my life. David (19)
It’s not like you really care about it. I don’t sit there and get angry……. It’s just another thing, like if you get a headache, you don’t start blaming your head. You get nowhere. You just take some medication and move on with it. David (19)
Without warning, boom out. It’s no good at all
It’s there 24/7
I thought I was going to die
It never fits in with what I am doing
It’s a pain
Just get on with it
You are just aware of it all the time
It just pops up from no where
I think you loose confidence
You’re ALWAYS thinking about managing it
Exploding in my chest
In this study young adults with asthma from childhood:
Thank you for listening