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Help this writer accurately portray asthmatic related storyline

Posted In: Asthma 3 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 2, 2006
  • 07:33 PM

Hey.
I know this board is for serious, real life medical help but I need to know this as it is important for accurate portrayal of asthma.

A few friends and I are writing a story and one of the main characters has severe asthma. At one point, she is hospitilised. During her stay, she hallucinates something which is important to the plot. Is this realistic? I have researched hallucinations and have found a symptom to be severe body stress. Does this mean a severe asthma attack could cause hallucinations? The character did pass out and hit her head at one point if that helps.

Thanks. We're not being published or anything but the story is going on forums where many people, mostly teens will read it and it is important to the girls and I to accurately portray any medical condition.

Also, how long would a hospital stay be after a severe attack? Is overnight enough?

Thanks again. :)

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  • I think it is always a very good idea to do research for things that you at least pretend to know about.I have been asthmatic my whole life and have had some very serious attacks but never hullucinated (too bad I cant spell it! LoL), and I have been on the verge of death.I have never been so bad to be intibated, but other then for a sickness related attack I have never been hospitalized.Good luck with your story...if you have any other questions dont hesitate to ask! :-)
    MrsYoung 10 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 11:45 PM
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  • I also have severe asthma. I have been hospitalised with severe attacks and have passed out. I have also had to be hospitalised due to severe muscle cramping and seizing during my attacks as they are very stressful, but I have never experienced hallucinations. Hope it helps.
    mrey1001 13 Replies
    • December 7, 2007
    • 05:50 AM
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  • Hey.I know this board is for serious, real life medical help but I need to know this as it is important for accurate portrayal of asthma. A few friends and I are writing a story and one of the main characters has severe asthma. At one point, she is hospitilised. During her stay, she hallucinates something which is important to the plot. Is this realistic?No.I have researched hallucinations and have found a symptom to be severe body stress.No you didn't.Does this mean a severe asthma attack could cause hallucinations?No, because you see, the lungs and the brain are actually different organs which do different things.Also, how long would a hospital stay be after a severe attack? Is overnight enough?Shot of epinephrine, maybe a new prescription for albuterol, maybe another for a glucocorticoid, and go home. It's an outpatient procedure, and doesn't require an overnight stay. An hour from arrival to discharge, at longest.
    bobwick 21 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 00:55 PM
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