I Sold My Asthma
So, after my early spring allergy problem, I have been free and clear of asthma. It’s almost as though I’ve sold my asthma.
What the heck! I sold my asthma. The cost for me is about $67 a month. I pay that amount to nix asthma. I pay that amount for normal lungs. Need proof?
Here’s my proof I no longer have it
July 4, 2018: Took my kids to fireworks on the beach. All around me people were setting off fireworks. The worse bugaboos were those sparklers. At one point I said to my two asthmatic kids: “Maybe we should find another spot.” But, that was only a fleeting thought. We enjoyed the night with zero asthma symptoms.
July 4, 2018. Earlier in the day, we were watching the parade. A family of smokers all lit up at once. The wind was blowing at us. We had a great spot in the shade. So, we didn’t want to give up our spot. The smokers eventually took off. In the meantime, no asthma symptoms were reported.
June 14, 2017: I took the kids to a kid’s camp. This year’s event was at dad’s cabin. There was a huge fire at night. There were kids playing in their own firepits. So, there was lots of smoke in the air. Needless to say, there was also lots of pollen and mold. Oh, and the cabin at night was filled with that moldy smell too. The blankets certainly had that smell, and that’s what I slept on. And the asthma never showed up. Oh! And neither did the allergies.
Need more proof?
I run. I run about three miles 3-4 times a week. Well, I run my version of running. Call it a wog if you will. But I do it. And, while I usually carry my rescue inhaler, I have yet to use it. The asthma has not shown itself during any of these runs, at least not since the weather got nice back in May.
I sometimes leave my home. I do it like a normal person -- without thinking, “So, what medicines do I need to take with me.” For example, yesterday I visited my mother’s home. I never even took my albuterol inhaler with me. It wasn’t even in my car. I never even realized I didn’t take it with me until now as I write this.
Strong smells? Pfft! A lot of asthmatics talk about how strong smells trigger their asthma. This used to be the case with me too, back in my brittle asthma days. This was especially true of the laundry detergent aisle in grocery stores. But, not anymore. I can spend all day in that aisle now with no symptoms.
I’m telling you folks, this is a neat feeling. The idea that my asthma is gone sort of brings a feeling of euphoria through my veins.
So, what’s the reality?
The reality is once you have asthma you always have it. It does not go away with age. There is no miracle cure. But, it can be controlled. And that’s what I’m paying for each month: good asthma control.
The reality is I still have asthma. The reality is that it’s very controlled at the moment. One Symbicort inhaler costs $50 a month. Generic Singular is $50 for a three month supply, so I figure it’s about $16.66 a month. So, that comes to about $67 per month. That’s my co-pay for those medicines. That’s what I spend to obtain good asthma control. That’s why it seems like it’s gone.
The reality is I still do have symptoms sometimes, as my allergy episode attests to. But, symptoms are usually mild and easy to control. I usually just wait for the Symbicort to kick in and I’m fine. Otherwise, I just do what I enjoy. And, sure, I do have to be careful.
Still, it’s an awesome feeling. It’s a feeling I could only dream of when I was a kid. But, for now, I’m enjoying the good lungs.
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