I'm sorry about the loss of your mother. So you do know quite a lot about asthma and lung diseases. I certainly know what your are referring to about coming down off of Prednisone. I have the round face and have gained about 70 lbs in the fives years I've had asthma, but then mine is severe. It sounds like your mother's was also.
Too much Prednisone can make me a wild woman! about three years ago I had to have steroids by IV to save my life in the ER and I don't really know what all they gave me, probably plenty of epi also, but hey, I'm alive. My allergist called me the next morning to tell me that she still wanted me to stay on Prednisone, stay home from work for at least a week and she was ordering Xanax for me to take during the day and at night. I'm thinking, I've never taken Xanax during the day. Boy, it was a good thing she did that.
I was yelling at my daughters over the phone. I also lived about a half a block away from the university where I worked and I was used to people taking a short cut through my back yard and I just ignored it. I was out there every day screaming at people to get out of my back yard. After it was all over, I was thinking thank goodness for the Xanax, I wonder what I would have done to the poor people without it.