Getting to know Samuel leads to best support

Getting to know Samuel leads to best support
22 March 2018

Breathe Hawke’s Bay (BHB), have walked alongside Samuel Diamond (8), and his Mum Leigh for the last five years. Samuel’s asthma was confirmed when he was very young and each year our respiratory nurses have visited him to review and assess his condition management.

Samuel Diamond (8) is keeping on top of his asthma with regular swimming lessons, a healthy home environment and check ins with a BHB Respiratory Nurse Educator.

As with most relationships, BHB and Samuel have gotten to know each other better over time and by having regular contact our team were able to identify other ways that we could support him. Our relationship with the Healthy Homes initiative has been of great benefit to Leigh and Samuel. Through our referrals and advocacy,  they first managed to have their old landlord insulate the property they were renting and when they moved into their own home, were again able to access funding to have that property fully insulated. “The savings I made from not having to pay for the insulation, allowed me to purchase underlay and pay for a carpet layer to lay used carpet gifted by a friends work colleague.”

Having a warm and dry home environment can be key to respiratory health management and the insulation meant Samuel stayed well and active. He’s a keen rugby player and also attends regular swimming classes at Swim Heretaunga Waterworld, which is  partly covered by a BHB children’s exercise subsidy. “The swimming is helping my son with water safety and fitness.  Being a competent swimmer is vital for his survival in water,” explains Leigh. “We know that keeping fit and active really does contribute to good asthma management, says BHB Clinical Nurse Manager Julie Shaw, it’s great that we are able to offer the subsidy to both children and adults across a number of sports and physical activities.”

Leigh has also helped the “breathe easy” cause by arranging Balloon Day displays and collections through her workplace. We really appreciate when our members reciprocate and are able to give-back.

At his last review,  Samuel shared he was having regular asthma attacks, requiring him to visit the school nurse, see his doctor and have time off school.  Additional medication was recommended by the BHB nurse and prescribed by his doctor.  Thankfully, the additional medication has reduced Samuel’s asthma attacks significantly. Leigh says, “Breathe Hawke’s Bay have guided me on how to manage my son’s asthma and have been available to speak with and see us in person when required. The team are friendly, professional, knowledgeable and are always easy to approach and speak with.”

We can help with exercise subsidies for children and adults as well as referrals to the Child Healthy Homes Programme. Call us  0800 ASTHMA(278 462) for more information.