|January 2018||Beth||Gardening and Exercise|
|Rachel||Alternative and Complementary Therapy|
|View meeting on Youtube|
To kick off 2018 on the right foot, we ran a January meeting for patients and carers at the National Aspergillosis Centre. Rachel and Beth chaired the meeting and there was a great turn out, despite the chilly weather!
Based on your feedback, we’re making an effort to talk more about the day-to-day challenges experienced by aspergillosis patients. Although we’ll continue to keep you updated on important developments in medicine and research, the January meeting was filled to the brim with practical tips and tricks, and a healthy dose of myth busting!
Gardening with Aspergillosis
Beth talked through some of the ways that people living with aspergillosis can enjoy gardens and outdoor spaces safely. From the types of plants to avoid (we’re looking at you Sneezeweed!), to how to choose the right face mask to filter out airborne pollen and spores (the HEPA mask N95 is a good pick), there are lots of ways to make gardening easier.
Exercise without leaving your chair
Keeping active isn’t easy, particularly for people living with chronic illness. But even the most gentle forms of exercise can benefit your mind and body. Beth and Chris showed that many home-based excercises can be effective and safe for aspergillosis patients. These can be done from the comfort of your chair, using no equipment or items that are commonly found around the house.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rounding up the meeting, Rachel guided us through the muddy waters of complementary and alternative medicines. Although some people find some types of complementary therapy helpful, many types can be dangerous, and natural doesn’t always mean safe! If you are considering using complementary medicine, speak to your doctor first to find out about any risks.