Yes it's true, we asthmatics have a language all our own.
Here’s my current list. Please feel free to add new words and definitions to it .
Yellow Zoning When someone is stuck in their yellow breathing zone.
Cradle Asthmatic A person who has had asthma since earlier childhood or birth.
asthma slang for hospital and/or Intensive Care Unit. Also known as ” The slammer”, 'The pokey”
CostaWhat our UK friends call the Hospital
Asthma Lingo meaning…”Are your lungs tiring out?” “Are you getting too tired to breath? Would you like to be intubated?
Bruises and holes in my body from all the IVs and lines
A catch all term for anyone with chronic obstructive lung disease i.e. Chronic Asthma , Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, etc.
An asthmatic who has been intubated multiple times, is steroid depended or at risk for an NFA
Short of breath
When your breathing passages start constricting or narrowing
High or burnt out on steroids
Similar to “roided out”, but refers specifically to prednisone induced insomnia
Buying a tube:
Will probably need Intubation
Having a plastic tube about 12 inches long and the diameter of your index finger tube shoved down your windpipe. After the tube is inserted, they can connect you to a machine that will breath for you…ie a Ventilator.
Ventilator- A machine that breaths for you…i.e life support equipment
Stands for “Peak Flows” . A measurement of how fast you can exhale
General term for Pulmonary function tests
Stands for “Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second” ie. How much air you can expel from your lungs in 1 second. Expressed in liters or as percentage of normal. An indicator of how severe your lung disease is.
Oxygen saturation- expressed as a percentage
Inability to exhale completely…aka “Asthma Purgatory” , or the medical term..Dynamic hyperinflation
The Intensive Care Unit
An increase or worsening of breathing symptoms
Full blown attack
i.e. Status Athmaticus or refractory asthma. A nasty asthma attack that doesn't respond to medications or therapy
When an Asthmatic or COPDers carbon dioxide levels start creeping up
When your Peak Flows are near normal,but you still feel very short of breath. You feel miserable, but not sick enough to warrant emergency care. ( usually a result of prolonged bouts of air-trapping)
Stands for “Near Fatal Asthma” attack.
(also known as “rebounding”), is when you're asthma symptoms flare-up during a prednisone taper ( usually from tapering too fast). Sometimes these flare-ups can be more severe than the original exacerbation that lead to taking prednisone in the first place.
Green Meanies What our UK friends call paramedics