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Posted on Saturday 4 July 2009 at 9:15 am

I Haz Asthma?


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I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma back in middle school. I have problems with it maybe once every three or four years, which means I never have inhalers when I have problems because the medicine expires before that and I don't get refills because I don't need them. If I was at home, I'd use one of my mom's because she has horrible asthma and always has multiple inhalers around and if not, I could just wait a while and I'd be fine because the attacks were never that bad. This morning I think I had my first ever non-exercise induced asthma attack. I took a bath, got out of the tub, and was somewhere in the process of drying off and putting on my bathrobe when I suddenly felt like I'd just run a marathon. I was gulping air, felt like I couldn't get enough, and my heart was racing. I waited a bit and it just wasn't getting any better. I started to worry, then I remembered that when I had bronchitis earlier this year the doctor thought the bronchitis might be triggering some mild asthma problems and had given me an inhaler that I still have. I found the inhaler, took a couple of puffs, and within a minute or two I was breathing just fine. I called my folks and told them, because I knew they'd want to know. Mom's upset and concerned, which I knew she would be. I'm going to call the student health center on Monday and try to get in to see a doctor before I leave for New York, just to be on the safe side. There's a chance that this was just a fluke, perhaps brought on by too much exposure to dust in the process of moving or overwork due to the same or something like that, but there is also the chance that I'm becoming seriously asthmatic as opposed to the very mildly asthmatic I was before. I suppose only time will tell.

EDIT: Oh yeah. "Happy Independence Day!" to the Americans, "Happy Saturday!" to everyone else, and uh... "Sorry?" to the Brits ;-)

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Dorothy
labellerose at 1:48 pm on 04 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I have asthma as well I've often found dusty/grody work such as powerwashing under our deck, or cleaning the attic to be triggering. You're on the right track to have an inhaler for NY -air quality issues there could be triggering as well, and having to go to an NYC ER for a breathing treatment-um, not so much.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:44 pm on 04 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'd really prefer to avoid NYC ERs if I can. Actually, I prefer to avoid all ERs as much as possible, but I think I'm especially reluctant to mar my trip to NYC with a trip to the ER.
JD
jdbracknell at 2:13 pm on 04 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm so glad you're all right. My brother has really severe asthma, so I know how frightening it can be when you have an attack. His is definitely triggered by dust, and he avoids hot baths and showers too, because that can set him off. Maybe a combination of those things on top of the bronchitis was to blame?

Happy Independence Day :).
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:46 pm on 04 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
My mom's asthma is terrible. She first has problems with it when she was in the military and it took them forever to diagnose her. She says looking back now, it is a wonder she survived some of the attacks she had before they figured it out and got her inhalers and other medication. The dust stirred up moving on top of the hot bath could definitely be to blame. Still, it is the first time anything other than exercise has set me off and that can't be a good thing.

Thanks!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:47 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I'm still hoping it was a one-shot deal, but it definitely isn't a good thing.
Kathy
lady_katvic at 1:21 am on 07 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
You know that I have pretty bad asthma. Allergies and moving could definitely cause you to have an attack, but I was also reading the symptoms you were describing and thought of another possibility. Have you considered that, with the stress you have been under lately, it might have been an anxiety attack? Just a thought to consider. Love you Brat.


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