Ask Dr. Renee: Managing Asthma

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Managing Asthma

Importance of managing asthma is that it can be a life-threatening illness. Most people are diagnosed with asthma as children so it is extremely important that you teach your child about their triggers and what to do in case they do have an attack.

Everyone diagnosed with asthma needs an Asthma Action Plan. This plan details what measures are taken depending on how the patient is feeling. This plan will also have to include the most important thing, how to AVOID an attack.

Who Is Taking Care Of You?

It is important that you have the right doctor treat you or your loved ones asthma. I suggest an Allergy and Immunologist or a Pulmonologist.

What Are Your Triggers?

The main thing to remember when trying to avoid an attack is to know your triggers. Most doctors will perform an allergy test to let you know exactly what you are allergic to. For example, I have food allergies in addition to my environmental allergies. Most asthmatics have environmental allergies such as :

  • Dust mites
  • Pet Dander
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Cigarette Smoke

There are pillowcase and mattress covers that will help to prevent dust mites. It is recommended people with asthma sleep in a room with no carpet because dust mites can live in the carpet. Filters can be placed over heating vents of the home to cut down on dust mites. Vacuum regularly and wash sheets and blankets in hot water (131 degrees Fahrenheit). It is important to keep the environment of an asthmatic clean (dust free) some will require no carpeting and no stuffed animals.

What Is Your Zone?

The other part of the plan is broken up into zones: Red, Yellow and Green.

Peak Flow Meter – An instrument that monitors the peak expiratory flow rate of air from a person’s bronchi; used to manage asthma

Green Zone – (safety zone) how to manage you or your child’s asthma on a daily basis when he or she is feeling good.

Yellow Zone – (caution zone) how to look for signs that you or your child’s asthma is getting worse. It also instructs you on which medications to add to bring the asthma back under control.

Red Zone – (DANGER ZONE) what to do when a flare-up is SEVERE.

The color system helps you and/or your child understand exactly what to do according to the person’s peak flow meter. Before you can put this plan in action you must know your personal best. This plan can include emergency phone numbers as well as list of triggers.

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Ask Dr. Renee: How To Use LinkedIn To Help You?

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Linkedin Works!

Are you on many social media platforms and do not see the purpose in having a LinkedIn profile? Do you have an incomplete LinkedIn profile? Courtney Herring wrote a great article for Black Enterprise with 6 ways to network your way to success using LinkedIn. Please check out the article here 


Ask Dr. Renee: Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental Awareness Month

I know this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but did you know it is also Mental Health Awareness Month? Well, unfortunately not enough is said or done on this subject and because of that people suffer and struggle in silence until it is often too late. In recent months we have heard of several celebrities that have made the decision to take their own lives because of depression. I’d like to tell you the story of someone that I knew, that fought depression a couple of times in her young life.

In 1990, two young freshman girls in high school quickly made friends with one another, and they soon became best friends. Though not an athlete, one of the young girls was very active in the arts in her high school, and was a gifted student. The two girls shared the same English class.  With the promise of not having to take the final exam if your grade in the english class was an A or B, the girls were very excited. The girls knew this was one final exam they did not have to worry about. 

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Ask Dr. Renee: Should I Freeze My Eggs?

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Ask Dr. Renee: Should I Freeze My Eggs?

 Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Are you working the career of your dreams? Are you too busy to date?  Are you having trouble getting married and starting a family? This is a scenario way to familiar to many women these days. We are so busy climbing the corporate ladder or building our businesses that we forget to have a family. This is where a big question comes to mind, when should I freeze my eggs? There are several factors to consider before freezing your eggs. Are you a good candidate, can you afford it and are there any options

What are the pros and cons of egg freezing?

The biggest con is that there is no guarantee that once the eggs are thawed that implantation will be successful and result in the birth of a healthy baby. Egg preservation is not covered by insurance because it is considered to be an elective procedure. Currently, it can cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to freeze your eggs, thaw the eggs and finally implant them in your uterus. Most people do not have success on the first round of implantation hence the rising costs. In order to prepare your body for the egg preservation you have to take hormones, which can have a whole host of side effects.

Today an article has been published that Facebook and Apple will pay for you to freeze your eggs. I think this is a great idea. I hope more companies will do the same thing. The company gets to hold on great talent and women can become moms and stay in Corporate America.


Ask Dr. Renee: On-the-go Coupon Tips

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Ask Dr. Renee: On-The-Go Coupon Tips

On-the-go Coupon Tips


I attended The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 and saw this lady spend $25 for over $100 worth of groceries for her family of four. I told my mom that if she could do it so could I. I started purchasing both papers every Sunday and I got a binder and organized my coupons by category. I checked the sales sheets for the items that were on sale so I could plan my meals accordingly. Here are some tips to help you to save lots of money with coupons.


1. Purchase multiple Sunday papers – Find out which Sunday paper has the best coupons. The Sunday papers have different coupons. If you realize that one has better coupons than the other buy several copies of that paper.

2. Coupon Clipping Service – I went online and found coupon clipping services that had coupons for the products that I buy reguarly and I stocked up on them.

3. Join the store loyalty program – Most of the stores now have an online component or an app on your smartphone that will allow you to attach coupons to your card. If you have the coupons attached to your card you will receive the savings at the register but if you have a paper coupon in addition to the coupons on your card you will save tons of money and possible get the items for free.

4. Learn the coupon rules of your store – We had a grocery store that took expired coupons. I will never forget the day I bought yogurt and only paid $.01!! I had several expired coupons and the yogurt was on sale. Walgreens only allows 1 coupon per item. Some grocery stores have double coupon days and some have it all the time and some not at all.

5. Know the prices of items – I had a book that I kept with the prices of meat, produce, household items etc. This way I knew when I saw a steal. It is best to carry a calculator with you when you shop so you can do some quick math. Just because it says buy 2 for this price, you don’t have to buy 2 you can buy 1 but you should check the price for 1. Also look at the unit price to make sure you are saving money.

6. Get a raincheck – If they are out of the sale item request a raincheck so you can get the same sale price when they get more items in stock

7. Pay attention to the cash register – I personally use self-checkout when I have tons of coupons because I want to see that I get all the savings I am suppose to and I go at my own pace. Watch the cashier and make certain that all your coupons count.

8. Coupon Apps:

Checkout 51 – You can get cash back on milk, eggs, and other everyday groceries. You can download                                 Checkout51 here! I use this and I like it a lot.

Favado – I have never used this I just learned of it while writing this post

            Click Here to download Favado to your phone


9. Coupon Sites:



10. Please check out Money Mailer where they have coupons for everyday things like take out, cleaners, car washes, entertainment etc.  


I am participating in this campaign as a member of  The Niche Parent Network & Conference in partnership with Money Mailer. All opinions are my own.