As a chronic asthmatic I have experienced 3 very traumatic stays in ICU after suffering severe asthma attacks. The fear and terror of not being able to breathe, leaves mental scars invisible to the external observer.
Living in London in 1997, with terrible air pollution, as well as the high stress of being in the IT contracting business.
Being from Birmingham, a very green city, my lungs were not accustomed to the metropolitan toxic atmosphere.
Fast forward to 2013, after another admission to ICU in 2001, I passed out and my then wife called the ambulance.
3 days in ICU and the ultimate feeling of not wanting to return, was the over arching feeling.
When I came off the ventilator I met a very arrogant ICU whatever, who explained that I was in such a bad situation the police informed my next of kin.
Safe to say I was left with very morbid thoughts a symptom of PTSD.
Constant thoughts of death, known as morbidity, caused me in 2021 to seek psychiatric help. The good doctors prescribed very powerful anti depressants, which affected my ability to do my work.
As a long term smoker of cannabis I only felt better after a smoke which the more observant medical professionals will instantly assume is a contributing factor to my asthma attacks.
It is stress and emotional turmoil that led to my admissions upon self reflection and self analysis.
From 2013 I have led a stress free life.
No asthma attacks.
Still occasionally smoke weed.
My area of research is graphene nanomaterials and computer science.
The one atom layer thick polymers that I synthesize myself in my own laboratory are being researched by my team to see how the graphene sensors with THC crystals can be used as a diagnostic tool.
The graphene polymer sensors are so sensitive they can measure heart rate and blood pressure and breathing rate due to the sensor being a strain sensor.
We are early in the prototyping phase. Any assistance for our research would be useful.