Sick and Tired of Asthma!
Friday, September 04, 2009
Well today I woke up at 5am coughing so much I was gagging, isn't asthma a wonderful disease???? I wish it upon EVERYONE!!! Ok, maybe a bit dramatic, but lets face it when there is a medical issue affecting the mass populace the doctors and scientists find way to fix it if not cure it. Lets look at bird flue for example. So therefore if the majority of people had asthma there would be a LOT better treatments out there if not a CURE.
Since this past Monday I have been living off my inhalers, which I think they were just keeping the inevitable attack at bay. So this morning I finally broke down and called my new pcp who I have yet to meet and asked, more like begged, for a prescription for my nebulizer since all the albuterol solution I had was already expired for about 2yrs now. Yes its been that long since I've needed it.
And I think I know why all this came on, I'm a social smoker, yes and I happen to be the brightest crayon in the box.......since when I was diagnosed with asthma at age 5, I only had 25% lung capacity. See, told ya I was the brightest crayon in the box.
I just got to break this pattern that has been going on for about 5yrs now. When the weather starts getting cold and/or I can't breathe, I stop smoking. But when the weather starts getting warm again and I tend to be in more and more social situations where people are smoking I start to bum smokes. Which inevitably means I start buying packs and smoking only when I go out to a bar or club which then turns into I smoke when I drive turning my 1 pack a month into 1 pack a week.
I know I NEED to quit, and stay that way, and it shouldn't be all that tough for me since I hardly smoke, but it is! But its a love hate relationship, I LOVE to smoke but my asthma HATES it.
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Actually there are many people with asthma, but most are properly medicated so that you can't tell that they have it.
The most difficult thing for me was to start taking the preventative meds regularly and all the time (even when I felt fine). I fought doing that because it made me feel like I was sick, and I wasn't - at least not all the time. Now I take it every day without fail! Because I do, I rarely have "attacks" any more. It makes me feel 'normal', as though I didn't even HAVE asthma!
1800 days ago
I wasn't diagnosed with asthma until about a year ago but breathing problems run in my family. I was a smoker until about 5 maybe 6 yrs ago.
What helped me, more than anything, was figuring out I really wanted to quit. Then, making a list of why I wanted to keep smoking compared to the reasons to quit. For me, the benefits of smoking was it was relaxing, it gave me something to do, it sometimes kept me from eating.
The reasons for not smoking, was so much longer. Financially, I was struggling to pay my bills each month but I was still burning money by smoking. The price of the cigarettes kept going up and up. The smell in my clothes, my hair, on my skin, my breath, in my house and car was another thing. No matter how much you don't smell it, anyone who doesn't smoke can tell you how bad that smell is. The holes in my clothes, the seat in my car and the furniture from the fire falling out also was not attractive and forced me to have to buy more clothes to replace the ones damaged from my smoking. I also developed bronchitis every winter. I have had it once since I quit but I used to have it sometimes 2 times every winter. I was also exposing my kids to the cigarette smoke. That wasn't fair to them.
A couple more reasons helped me choose to quit, as well. One was my late Dad was having to quit at that time because the Dr told him he would not be able to do another bypass in his leg so next time he developed a blockage in it, they would have to amputate. He had a lot of health problems which led to him needing several bypasses in one of his legs. The Dr told him the smoking caused the arteries to shrink, bringing on the blockage so he quit. I did it right after him, partly to support him.
Another reason was there was a woman living in my neighborhood who was probably 10yrs older than me. In her home she was having to use a machine to filter the air and to concentrate the oxygen for her because she had emphysema. But, I met her when she was going door to door in our neighborhood, not a great neighborhood, and she was begging cigarettes from people. There she was, smoking, when she had to carry an oxygen tank with her when she was gone too long from her house. I did not want to encourage her.... and, probably more important, I didn't want to BECOME her.
My mom suffers from asthma. She outgrew it as a kid but it came back so bad last year she was put in the hospital with it. She has a rescue inhaler and is taking a preventative inhaler twice a day now. She quit smoking after being put in the hospital last year.
My aunt, my mom's sister who lives with her, has COPD. She is required to keep an oxygen filtering machine in their home as well as portable tanks when her breathing is bad. She has a nebulizer machine to take breathing treatments.
I am on a rescue inhaler pretty much 3-4 times a day right now but am supposed to be starting on preventative meds soon.
I cannot imagine smoking any more.
If you need a cheerleader, someone to offer encouragement, I will be glad to be here for you. I know how hard it is to quit. I know the emotional part of quitting can be just as hard, if not harder. There are a lot of websites online that offer suggestions on how to quit and things that can be done. Good luck to you.
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