Proud Dad and Independent Duty Medical Technician for the United States Air Force
"I would do this again in a heartbeat. My life is back on track because of BT!"
My Life Prior to BT:
I was diagnosed with severe asthma at 30 years old. It was triggered by an upper respiratory infection that I developed after a work trip. When the infection cleared I was still wheezing and my co-worker was like “you have asthma.” I thought ‘there is no way I have asthma’ but the wheezing never went away. It actually became worse and I was diagnosed with severe asthma.
Being in the Air Force, an asthma diagnosis is a very serious issue. It triggers an automatic review to determine if I am fit for duty. If I am not fit then I have to leave. I was deemed fit with limitations which not only affected my deployment options, but also meant that I could not apply for an officer position because I didn’t meet the standard health requirements. My goal was to get into one of the medical programs with the Air Force so I could become a doctor or physician’s assistant, but having severe asthma put all that on hold.
“He looked really bad, even with all the medications. Every year the Air Force would have to review his health and he wasn’t getting any better. It was a scary time because we have young kids and this was our livelihood.” –Kiley, Tyler’s wife.
At first we tried all the medications. I took Advair™ 500, Zantac™, Singulair™, Advair™ Diskus and the albuterol HFA inhaler. Even with those meds I still needed prednisone often and it was those steroids that really had a tough impact on my life. I was irritable all the time and I couldn’t sleep. It basically changed my personality. At one point my asthma became so severe that I couldn’t pick up my own kids or even walk up the stairs. It wore me down and was a huge strain on my life and my marriage.
“Before asthma he was the guy that never got sick. He always had a smile on his face. Then severe asthma came and my husband was sick and miserable all the time. The disease was wearing him down and I never knew what I would wake up to.” –Kiley, Tyler’s wife.
I was on a real downward spiral and that’s when my doctor suggested BT. He felt I was a great candidate for this. I did a little research online and as a medical professional I was all in.
My Life Today:
The procedures went well for me. I was home the same day. I definitely had an increase in symptoms for about five days after each of the three procedures but that was expected.
My severe asthma is now controlled. It no longer runs my day. Now that it’s under control I just go about my day and I don’t spend every minute worrying about the next attack.
The difference this has made in my life, related to my asthma, is tremendous. I feel like I have my life back again like it was before my asthma became so severe. I can help my wife with the girls. I still have energy after work to play with the kids and my spirits are so much better now.
“Before BT he was in a rough place and it was hard on both of us. Now we are at one of the best places we’ve ever been as a couple with his severe asthma under control. Going through this, we grew. We communicate more now. I am so happy to have my husband back from this disease!” –Kiley, Tyler’s wife.
Having BT was a pivotal decision for me. Before BT my health was going in a bad direction and the doctors were not sure of my future. I’ve decided to retire from the military but thanks to BT my severe asthma won't control my future.
Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.
Brief Statement of Relevant Indications for Use, Contraindications, Warnings, and Adverse Events: The Alair™ Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. The Alair System is not for use in patients with an active implantable electronic device or known sensitivity to medications used in bronchoscopy. Previously treated airways of the lung should not be retreated with the Alair System. Patients should be stable and suitable to undergo bronchoscopy. The most common side effect of BT is an expected transient increase in the frequency and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. ENDO-551804-AA
As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common adverse event of BT is a temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. These events typically occur within one day of the BT procedure and usually resolve within a week with standard care. There is a small risk (3.4% per procedure) that symptoms may require hospitalization.1
- Castro M, et al, for the AIR2 Trial Study Group. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;181:116-124.