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How do I get my family t to understand my Asthma

I'm a little frustrated right now. I've been having some issues with my asthma and I'm on the Prednisone taper, Zpack and nebulizer. My issues is my O2 is staying below 94%. Doctor is trying everything to keep me out of the hospital.
I take my SpO2 to check my levels. My husband says let me take mine..."see mine is close to yours". " I don't have any issues.. You act like your suffocating". I think he's in denial that I have a health issue. Guess it will take me being put in the hospital to make him realize that Asthma is a serious condition. Thanks for letting me vent!


  1. Hi animallover - thanks for your candor in your post! You are always welcome to 'vent' here - it is just one of the many reasons we have this online community.
    Since you mentioned that one of your concerns is when your oxygen saturation level falls below 94%, I was curious as to what saturation level generally keeps you comfortable? Do you find you have clinical symptoms when the saturation level falls below 94%?
    If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator / team member know. We are always here to listen and lend an understanding ear.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. Hi, -- sorry you are having trouble communicating with your husband when it comes to oxygen levels. Asthma is so multi-layered and it can be hard for people to wrap their minds around, especially if they don't have asthma themselves.

      I thought this article from one of our respiratory therapists might be useful in your continuiing conversations:

      https://asthma.net/living/lets-talk-pulse-oximetry

      The key thing for both of you to remember is that each person is different. Some people are more sensitive to changes in oxygen saturation. As you'll see in that article, it can be common for a person in the middle of an asthma attack to have "good" looking numbers on the oximeter. And yet there they are, having intense difficulty breathing! Your experience is real and valid.

      The 94% reading is still within the "normal" range -- but, again, you have asthma and I am assuming your husband does not. It's like if two people the same size went hiking, and one got tired quicker than the other. We are all in different places regarding our health.

      Has your husband come with you to your doctor's appointments lately? It may be helpful for him to hear directly from your doctor about the way yur asthma is affecting you. At least I hope so!

      Hang in there. We are always here to support you and I hope you'll keep us up to date. Take care!

      -Melissa, asthma.net team

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