Can Crying Cause An Asthma Attack?
Well, yeah. It does.
I found out the hard way on Sunday when my cat suddenly became ill. I know what you're thinking - someone who has asthma has a cat? Well, actually there are 4 people in my family, and we have allergies and asthma and we have 2 cats. (It's a long story - we sort of inherited the cats from our neighbors.)
Anyway, our Siamese cat suddenly became ill, so we loaded him up and headed to the vet. Not long after we got there, we got bad news. We found out that Siamese had distemper. Emergency Clinic Vet said that distemper is a nasty disease that is almost always fatal. If by some slim chance a cat can survive, they have lifelong neurological problems and must have special care.
I couldn't stand the thought of letting Siamese suffer like that.
So we made the heartbreaking decision of letting the vet put him down.
What happened to me
But first, we called the kids to come and say goodbye to Siamese. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do.
Yes, I know I shouldn't have cats, but I do. And like everyone else that has pets, they are part of the family. Siamese could always sense when I wasn't feeling well, and although he is afraid of everyone and everything, he would come and lay on my lap to comfort me.
Siamese was also a sweet stress reliever for my college-aged sons. Especially during finals! They would come home and spend a long time petting and talking to Siamese, and while they were doing that, I could see my sons start to relax.
Siamese was a little on the crazy side and we were sure he had some mental issues. But he was our cat. And we loved him.
So, while we waited for the kids to drive over to the Emergency Vet's office, the reality of what was happening hit me and I started the Ugly Cry. And I cried, and sobbed, and felt like my heart was going to break.
And then I started to cough. And cough. And cough. And through the haze of tears, I realized that I was having an asthma attack. Why does asthma always pick the worse time to flare up?! Seriously!
Strong emotions can trigger asthma attacks
One reason is that strong emotions (anger, fear, sadness, laughter) can cause an asthma attack.
Asthma drives me crazy because it's a drama queen (for those of you that have teenagers, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.) Just like with teenagers, it doesn't take much to make our bodies overreact to triggers like strong emotions, stress, pets, dust, mold, air quality, exercise, mice and roaches, perfumes, etc.
I was a mess trying to stop crying long enough to use my inhaler and wipe my tears. But I managed to take 2 puffs of my rescue inhaler.
The kids were able to pet Siamese one last time, and the Vet tech came to take him away.
My lungs finally calmed down so I could drive back home.
For those of you who experience any strong emotions, and suddenly find yourself short of breath, coughing, or wheezing, remember that strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack.
ALWAYS have your inhaler with you, because life comes as you fast.
How does your asthma change with the seasons?