Hi, everybody, all the way from Milan, Italy!
My name is Karina and I am a California transplant to Milan, where I live my DH and DS (who is 8 and also, unf, unf, another budding asthmatic).
I am so pleased to have found this team! I have been fighting tooth and nail for the past year or so with the "BIG A", which after years of being very tame, to the point that I was able to do just about everything (as long as I had an inhaler handy!), has raised its ugly head and has been sending me to the ER about once a month, between sudden exacerbations and bronchits/pneumonia! Talk about out of control! At the beginning of summer I finally broke down and changed drs, and am now being followed by the Pulmo chief of staff of one of the best hospitals here in Milan which is comforting, BUT he hasn't been able to pull a quick fix out of his hat (I was hoping!). After having spent May and June living like an 80 yr old (actually, wrong, my mother in law is 81 and MUCH more sprightly than I was!!), in order to get a handle on things and incease O2 levels to something decent, the (new) docs put me on massive daily doses of... PREDNISONE! aarrgghh! I don't know if any/all of you have been dealing w/ this for any period of time (I imagine that a number of you HAVE!) but isn't it simply depressing that they are STILL using the SAME meds they used 30 years ago?!
Oh dear, this is getting MUCH too long! Firgive me! In short, I am thrilled to have found you, and very much looking forward to breathing better SOON so that I can start to work out again! I really, really need to - three months of pred and forced inactivity have wrought havoc with all my goals and plans! BUT I have begun to taper the pred (feeling lousy, as a result, but BREATHING) and things SEEM to be stable w/symbicort so things seem to be moving in the right direction!
Kindest regards to you all and breathe well today!
Edited by: KMELINA at: 9/13/2008 (15:41)
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