This is a repost of WHYY’s The Pulse segment on asthma and climate change which featured Dr. Kenner and was aired on October 18th, 2018.
Jefferey Colter was diagnosed with asthma when he was 11, and, even as an adult, he often suffers asthma attacks and ends up in the emergency room when the seasons change. “You’re breathing fine and everything, [but] right now I’m going through hell,” Colter says. “I can barely breathe, and … I’d rather be home right now on some medications or something, trying to get my lungs open up so I can breathe. But I got a mortgage, I got kids, I got bills I got to pay, so I have to come to work on 50 percent.” Each ER visit costs about $500, he says. “It is a very hard task to deal with asthma. Like I said, I barely get any sleep. I’m tossing and turning, waking up from asthma,” Colter says. Read More