This is a post from crispy disc.com about an adult diagnosed with asthma, it can happen at any age.
Imagine my surprise when, as an adult, I was diagnosed with Asthma? It was very alarming.
I was hiking at Spray Falls in the Mt. Rainier area about 15 years ago. I am an active person and didn’t understand why I had shortness of breath while traversing up the mountain. I had to keep stopping. Talk about a long hike. When I reached the top, somehow I managed to shoot a great deal of pictures. Spray Falls is one of the most gorgeous sites I’ve seen. Since that incident, I haven’t returned. I plan to go back someday to take more pictures.
At home, the shortness of breath continued for weeks. I had to keep going outside for air and didn’t understand what was going on. It was getting scary. What was going on?
I finally went to an allergist, blew in a tube and took some tests, and he informed me that I had asthma! What? How could that be? Where did this come from?
I was sent home with a preventive inhaler for daily use and an emergency inhaler to use during an attack. Even though I had the preventive inhaler, I refused to use it. I was still in denial that I needed it. I happened to be out on the trail one day with Mark and experienced a severe asthma attack. For some reason I had the preventive inhaler with me and not the emergency inhaler. Of course, the preventive one doesn’t work during an attack. I managed to survive.
That awful experience forced me to finally listen to the doctor and start puffing daily. At first my voice went away, but I was breathing and that’s all that mattered.
After using the higher dosage for a while, I was able to switch to a lower daily dosage. After doing that for a while, I felt like my asthma was gone forever and stopped using my meds. I was so happy that I was cured and could go on with normal life. After about a week, my asthma returned with a vengeance and the attacks got the best of me. I was spending the nights in hotels and hanging out in movie theatres and malls just so I could have some air. I didn’t have air conditioning at my condo. This could not continue. I had to do something.
I got back on the inhaler again and have used it consistently for years on a daily basis. I puff now about every other day unless I start having symptoms. If that happens, I puff more frequently. Different locations in my house and the cars are stashed with puffers, since I never know when disaster will strike.
Panic is the worst thing that anyone can do during an asthma attack because it makes the condition worse. Here are some helpful hints that I learned along the way that I’m happy to share.
1. Don’t panic, go to a designated quite place (mine was my bedroom) and puff, lie down, and RELAX.
2. Sit down next to a hot pan of steamed water or humidifier or get into a hot steamy shower for about 10 minutes.
3. Don’t go outside and breathe cold air; it can set off an attack.
4. Don’t drink cold water, drink hot water daily. It’s good to steam your lungs!
5. Don’t EVER STOP using your daily inhaler “cold turkey”. Talk to your doctor before making any changes.
6. Don’t overeat! You might feel pressure on your lungs.
7. Have an emergency stash of inhalers in different parts of your house. Carry one with you when you are away from home.
8. Replace your carpet with hardwood floors.
9. Keep your windows closed especially during pollen season. Invest in an air conditioner if you can afford it.
10. To eliminate dust, buy a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. Other Non-HEPA vacuums can redistribute dust in other parts of the house.
Always remember that If you are short of breath or think you have asthma please consult your health care professional