Nasia’s Month with Aeris

Aeris in action! Taken by Jessica Hernandez with some super fancy looking camera.

Living in the heart of San Francisco, Nasia has self-managed her asthma since she was 8 years old. She’s one of 4 kids at home, regularly attending school and after-school activities until 6pm.

When she was 4, Nasia was admitted into the ER a couple of times, since she had trouble breathing and her oxygen levels were low. She was formally diagnosed with asthma when she was 6, and learned of her allergies to dust mites, pollen, mold and cats. Nasia thinks that she might have exercise-induced asthma, since she would sometimes start wheezing after PE.

Her mom states that Nasia’s episodes appear during the early morning or late evenings. She gets sick every 1–2 months, which trigger her asthma. Weather can also act as a trigger for her wheezing and coughing.

When we spoke to Nasia alone, she revealed that sometimes she doesn’t wheeze when she’s not feeling well, but her mom believes that she’s only not feeling well when she shows symptoms.

This December, Nasia was sick. Although she didn’t show any asthma symptoms, her mom noticed that Nasia’s lung health measurements from Aeris were much lower than usual. Therefore, they went to the doctor’s office early, and measured her lung obstruction there. The doctor found that Nasia’s lungs were obstructed, and began the treatment regimen right at that moment. Her mom informed us right away.

Who knows what would have happened if Nasia had waited any longer to start medication? We’re extremely glad to see that our work with Aeris actually helped this family, by catching the problem early on and beginning an intervention as her doctor recommended.