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Updated on April 10, 2015

Asthmatic Lungs

When I was diagnosed with Asthma the end of 2011, it was a mere 2 weeks until it became so out of control with coughing asthmatic attacks that I was hospitalized for almost a week. I had a good Pulmonologist in the hospital that told me I needed to stay and receive the oxygen therapy and other things to help me breath freely again. I believe for me that my asthma was triggered by allergies to inhaled substances such as dust. If someone lit a candle I knew that I needed to get fresh air or I'd have a coughing fit. For a few years prior to my diagnosis, my Doctor told me that I had chronic bronchitis. Even then, I believe I had the early stages of asthma masking itself as bronchitis.

My Pulmonologist in 2012 put me on a regimen of dulera, singulair, proair as needed, and steroids as needed. I don't like steroids, but my respiratory therapist told me when she discovered I waited to take them once about a woman taking a shower before being discharged from the hospital only to die from an asthma attack. I do like breathing, so I will take steroids when they are prescribed. Drinking water helps me feel better while taking them. I probably should take a break from the public when taking them, but they usually don't have horrible side effects for me.

The current Pulmonologist helping me is wonderful. His whole staff has a helping and caring demeanor about them. I really appreciate that. They are always willing to answer any questions and concerns I might have. He was the Doctor who saw me in the hospital. My asthma is normally well controlled, and until recently I rarely needed my rescue inhaler.

That all changed about 4 months ago when I was required by DHR to volunteer my time at our local library. I really enjoy reading and helping others, so I was happy to do it. Little did I realize that there was black mold everywhere to which I soon discovered I was highly allergic. I did have to quit volunteering my time to take precautions for my own health. If you or a loved one feel their health is compromised due to their work environment you can contact your local Department of Labor.

Today I have pneumonia due to being exposed to it at my new job serving in a hospital. It is sometimes inevitable that your immune system will be attacked in certain places like hospitals, daycares, etc... Try to build up your immune system by eating healthy food, drinking at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water, exercising as tolerated, and taking a good multivitamin. I am resting (as much as I can stay still) and drinking plenty of fluids. I will return to work Monday and gradually regain my health. I know God is taking care of me, and I can feel the prayers of my friends and loved ones.

The number one thing that you should do if you have asthma is to listen to your Pulmonologist. They know what is best for your treatment. If something is not working for you be honest with your Doctor. There are many medications that may work for you. There are also homeopathic remedies, but always run them by your Doctor first. Also, involve your friends and family in helping you keep your asthma in check. Keep your rescue inhaler handy. I keep one in my purse and one by my bedside. Steer clear of things that trigger an asthma attack. Asthma does not have to control you. You can have a happy, productive life with asthma.

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