“Have I Not Taught You Anything?!”

Apparently, a few weeks back was the week to go to amusement parks for rides and to see the fun Halloween decorations.

One of my friends is out of state at an amusement park and is having problems with her asthma – and she forgot her rescue inhaler.

The next day, Daughter was going to an amusement park with her friends in state – and tried to get out of the house without her inhaler. But, I noticed she didn’t have her sling bag. She said she was just  taking her phone and her debit card and didn’t need anything else.

Not so fast.

“What about your inhaler?” I asked. I got a dramatic sigh and an eye roll. I said, “Oh no you don’t. You go get your inhaler and take your sling bag. Have I not taught you anything?! Seriously?”

As she stormed off, I said “This is what I do for a living – teach other people about asthma and the importance of ALWAYS having your rescue inhaler with you. You KNOW this!” Another eye roll and sigh as she left the house.

Well, there goes my Mother of the Year Award – again.

Do I care? Nope. I will nag my kids and friends to take their inhaler with them – always. Asthma can be controlled, for the most part. But there are plenty of things that can trigger an asthma attack, and you can’t always control your environment.

There are a lot of asthma triggers,these are some of the categories.

Allergens:

  • Pollen in the air (spring, summer or fall)
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Mice or rats
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites

Irritants:

  • Poor air quality
  • Cleaning products
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Wood fires
  • Perfumes, body sprays and scented lotion

Strong emotions

  • Fear
  • Crying
  • Anger
  • Laughter

Exercise

Weather

  • Sudden changes in temperatures
  • Cold temperatures
  • Hot, humid weather

Medications

This makes it sound like you can’t go anywhere or do anything without having an asthma attack! It’s a pretty long list, right? But once you know what’s an asthma trigger FOR YOU, you can learn how to avoid it.

I am careful to avoid people who wear strong perfumes or body sprays. I avoid being around smokers. I try to keep my house clean and uncluttered. I try not to spend too much time outside when it’s really cold or when it’s hot and humid.

But I have had plenty of times when I don’t know what triggered an asthma attack. I’ve had sudden asthma attacks while I was out in my back yard setting up for a garden party, when I was at the store buying a baby present, while I was driving my car, in the doctor’s office, etc.

To be on the safe side, I take my purse with me everywhere, and always have my rescue inhaler with me. Sometimes, I don’t want to take my purse (at the gym, for a walk or bike ride, etc), so I take a sling bag and put my inhaler in that instead.

But I ALWAYS have my inhaler with me, just in case.

Has anyone NOT had their inhaler and wished they would have? Let’s hear your stories!

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