As my fellow divers and I rode out to a dive site, our conversation turned to asthma, and I casually mentioned that I had asthma as a child. While my condition had been under control for years, some members of the group were concerned about whether it was safe for me to dive. They encouraged me to call the DAN Medical Information Line to find out more. I distinctly remember how impressed I was not only with the medic’s expertise but also with his sensitivity and candour. Even though he told me it was probably safe for me to dive, he also helped me fully understand my fellow divers’ concerns and the considerable risks for divers with unmanaged asthma. Thanks to the information he provided, I was able to reassure the group and continue diving with confidence.
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Issue 02 - 2019