Acute flare-up Day 29

My efforts to post daily have been thwarted by another asthma flare up.  Fortunately I’ve stayed out of the hospital so far this calendar year, but there were a couple times in the past weeks that I should have visited the ER.  I’m currently on my second round of prednisone and feel like I’m riding the Crazy Train.  The good news is I’m actually starting to feel better and I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to do work from home.  If you’re also suffering from asthma right now, here are some tips to get better more quickly.

  • Rest – it can be hard to just do nothing, but sometimes that’s what you need to do.  It’s not always possible to stay home from work or have someone else take care of things, but try to at least slow down.
  • Lots of fluids – water is important by itself, but can really help make a difference for asthmatics.
  • Avoid irritants and allergens – try staying in doors and limit outdoor activities.
  • Seek medical attention if necessary – when my oxygen saturation gets low, I acquire something called “asthma brain.”  I can’t seem to think clearly and make poor decisions.  Make sure there’s someone around to check up on you and don’t be a hero.  See the doctor if necessary.

I’m hoping to make a full recovery soon because I have a film festival to attend in July.  The Dude abides.