“You can’t do anything if you can’t breathe.” These words from BVMI Nurse Practitioner Mary Granholm hit home for Alma, who has asthma. She came to BVMI about a year ago, after losing her medical insurance.
She was using a ‘”rescue inhaler” as a daily medicine, instead of for short-term needs. BVMI prescribed a short-term oral steroid and provided a sample of the right type of daily medication. They added a dose of asthma education; for example, Alma learned that something as simple as breathing through a scarf in cold weather can be an act of kindness to the lungs.
During frequent follow-up visits, BVMI discovered that Alma was still having episodic attacks because she’d been trying to stretch her twice-daily asthma medication (and her budget) to once a day. “Alma needed more help, so we provided emergency treatments when she needed them and helped her apply for pharmaceutical patient assistance.” She obtained a one-year supply of maintenance medication which will hopefully be renewed if Alma needs it again.
These days, Alma is in better health — and much better spirits. She still comes to BMVI for wellness visits, and is breathing easier in more ways than one.