But I'm not really new to Asthma. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Exercise-Induced Asthma. At that time the doctor told my parents and I that I didn't need the puffers, I could control it on my own. Just keep an eye on what triggers I had and avoid them. Well, the definition of exercise-induced....so, I avoided exercise, sports, school activities, etc. I did manage to swim, made it to be a lifeguard.
My dad is a severe Asthmatic. When he was first diagnosed there was no medicine. That didn't come until he was about 7. Now he is on beclomethasone and formoterol. I have grown up listening to him wheeze, not being emotionally reactive because, as we all know, that can bring on an attack, admitting him to the hospital at Christmas because that live Christmas tree that we had to have gave him a bad attack.
My daughter was diagnosed with Asthma when she was 10 months. I know that's not the youngest anyone has been diagnosed, but it's still pretty young. The nurses all said she was the luckies asthma baby because I already had a strong knowledge of what asthma is and how to live with it. With that being said, she was still hospitalized every winter for her first 4 years. She is now on flovent (125mcg X2), singular (4mg) and salbutamol and a relief inhaler.
Now, today, my doctor told me that I am now, more than likely, chronic. I have been going through a lot of stress this past year, I had lost about 25 lbs, early september I got a cold, it went into my chest, the cold went away, my wheezing did not. Sure, some times were better than others, but waking up twice a night (to go sit in a humid bathroom because I didn't have a puffer prescribed) is not ideal.
I went to my doctor today. Now, this will tell you how accustomed I have come to breathing problems being normal. Doctor asked me how I was, I said fine, just some problem breathing, more at night. He looked at me, listened to my chest, and told me that I was very bad and that if, in the next couple weeks, I felt I needed more help then call 911, don't wait for an appointment. I was shocked, didn't think I was that bad, I've just become used to that cotton feeling.
So, the plan right now, take my steroids (200 mcg X4 daily). Don't exercise, give my lungs a chance to heal, but practice deep breathing. Go back to the doctor for reassessment in 1 month, talk about different medicines, plans, green lights and red lights.
This is probably not as much of a shocker for me as others. I mean, my Dad has had asthma my whole life, his whole life, and he is still walking 5 Km per day. Ok, so it means an artificial Xmas tree (already have one). Silver lining, maybe my daughter will not feel like such an outcast because of her asthma anymore.
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