Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As I sit here, randomly breathing...I am setting up my nebulizer with hopes that this will be of benefit! I have had asthma since I was about 3 or 4 years old. No one, at the time, knew what the problem was!! They called it chronic bronchitis. And even took my tonsils out! Ha!! We finally came upon a doctor who said, "Oh! She has Asthma!!" I was terrified. Thought I was going to die...so did my mom!! Ha! Had to get rid of all blankets and stuffed toys...sigh!! I missed my teddy for years!
The treatments back then were a little on the primitive side and I basically had to wait it out!! The pills would make my whole body shake and shudder! Scary for sure!
Nowadays, they use steroids and the like. Which are wonder drugs but the side effects are particularly harsh for me!! My feet and ankles swell and it gets quite uncomfortable!
With asthma, there is the characteristic wheeze, heaviness in the chest area and coughing which can or cannot produce secretions. Note: You want secretions!! It means your lungs are clearing out! This is a good thing!!
Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist (such as salbutamol). Symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants, and by inhaling corticosteroids. Leukotriene antagonists are less effective than corticosteroids and thus less preferred.
The prevalence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s. As of 2009, 300 million people were affected worldwide. In 2009 asthma caused 250,000 deaths globally. Despite this, if proper treatment is delivered to a person with asthma the prognosis is good.
This was from Wikipedia! Well enough said on that subject. Just thought you would like to know something about this disease.
It watched a very cute film, shown (but not done by) Ewian! Hope you enjoy!!
Well this is as long as I can stick this out! Going for my treatment now.
Make sure you visit Keely at the Un Mom for more randomness. Which should be cheerier than mine! Ha!!
Have a magical and blessed day and thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!!