A is for Asthma and August

The month of August tends to be dramatic and/or traumatic for me.  There’s always a lot going on between heat, humidity, allergies, and the school year starting.  Last year contained three hospital trips for me, and off the top of my head I can think of 4x I’ve been in the hospital on my birthday.  Yesterday was the first day of August, and as usual I am bracing myself for whatever is to come.

I’m still working on “getting better” from my ER trips in June, and also not repeating last summer/fall sitting at home for weeks on end trying to breathe properly.  I still have a lot of days where I feel awful, many days where I feel sort of awful, and a few days where I’m feeling OK.  One of my big goals at the moment is to get my prednisone dose back down to something that doesn’t keep me swelled up and my teeth hurting.  In the past few days I’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke twice and fortunately haven’t had extreme reactions to it.  Yesterday was the most recent along with a short burst of crazy rain which left me in bad shape.  This morning Liz said,

I’m sorry for not taking you to the hospital last night

Made me laugh to beat the band.  At one point she was commanding me in a loud voice to take another treatment, sit up straight, and other sensible things that I seem to forget about when it’s really hard to breathe.  I’m actually thankful she didn’t drag me to the ER because I’m trying really hard to not miss work.  Hospital trips always end me on insane amounts of steroids, and feeling extremely exhausted for days.

Asthma attacks or flares tend to run their course whether you are in the ER or not.  While I would always advise someone to get help if they are having breathing problems, I’ve been dealing with this long enough and am on enough medicine, there is a lot I can do at home that would be done at the Hospital.  As long as it’s not too bad, I can wait things out at home for free instead of getting charged to wait them out on an uncomfortable ER gurney.

For now I’m continuing to keep track of symptoms, peakflow numbers, oxygen saturation, general symptoms, and trying to make sure I take my medicine on time.  I’m really, REALLY hoping I can stay out of the hospital for the next 30 days.  If I do, I’ll consider it nothing short of a miracle.

  • jules marsh

    Keeping my fingers crossed you get a hospital visit free month! It’s no fun being stuck in hospital. I’m getting impatient to escape now! Take care and hope you can avoid anymore smoke!

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