Hi, everyone! My name is Catherine. I am 21 years old, and I live in El Paso, TX.
Since living in El Paso, my allergies have been through the roof, and I haven't exactly taken care of them up until now.
This past week, I really did not take care of myself with sleep or diet. And Friday night, I ended up in the ER because I could not breathe.
When I got there, I was given a couple breathing treatment, some steroids, and a chest x-ray.
The doctor told me that my symptoms are asthmatic, which seemed really odd to me because I've never been diagnosed with asthma.
They said that I had bronchitis caused by allergies and that I need to follow up with my physician to find out about getting an asthma diagnosis. They also prescribed an inhaler, an allergy med, a cough med, and a few more days of the steroid treatment.
At this point, I was just told to take it easy until I feel better, and for now, walking from one side of the apartment to another has me winded.
It is just really discouraging to have to stop exercising for now, even if it is temporary until I feel better.
So my question is, what CAN I do? Do I just wait until I stop getting breathless, and slowly step in? I was walking 3+ miles a day, with moments of jogging or running (I've always had trouble with jogging and running leaving me out of breath and gasping for air). It is really frustrating to not be able to do that. It felt great to have my morning walk.
Catherine (21) + Alex (30) May 23, 2008
32.8 pounds to go.
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