Stressin’ With Asthma

Earlier, I blogged about House Hunting with Asthma.

The Hubster and I FINALLY agreed on a house (let the fireworks begin!) Since it’s been 13 years since our last move, I forgot how stressful moving can be. And all that stress is triggering asthma attacks for me.

These last few days have been pretty stressful since we found that our loan is in jeopardy thanks to a computer glitch at the credit union. Not kidding. (The corporate office manager we spoke to is mortified at what their computer did and the stress we are now going through thanks to their “new and improved” computer system.) He should be, right?!

So, if there is a problem with a loan, it will cause problems with our closing date, which means we might not be able to buy the new house we FINALLY agreed on. (We looked at 21 different houses in a 25 mile radius before we finally agreed on this one.) I was so excited to finally agree on a house, and everything was going smoothly, but a week before we are supposed to close the Credit Union mix-up happens. And my stress level has gone through the roof.

Stress: The not-so-well-known asthma trigger

Most people know the common asthma triggers: dust, animals, tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, cockroaches, mice, mold, etc. But did you know that stress can cause an asthma attack?

Yep. It can, and it does.

So, at the end of a long day, after a flurry of phone calls and emails between the Realtor, mortgage broker and credit union, we are at Daughter’s choir concert. My mind is spinning as I wait for her to come on stage. What a horrible day! There are several different choir groups, so I have to wait through all of them to see her perform. And of course it’s nice and quiet, and then the twitchy lungs start. Cough. Cough.

Sometimes my throat feels twitchy and I can get a drink and they will be okay. Not his time. This is headed to an asthma attack. I’m sitting on the aisle (my favorite spot to sit since I’m short – that way I can clearly see around everyone.) Since I’m out on the end of the aisle, everyone behind me and across from me can see me.  But I don’t care, I’m using my inhaler and spacer anyway!

If people want to stare, they can. Many people haven’t seen a spacer with an inhaler, so they probably think it looks a little weird. But, it’s my job as a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) to make sure I use correct inhaler technique and show people it’s okay to use your inhaler in public.

You never know when you might be affected by an asthma trigger. I have found it safer to always keep my inhaler with me. Stress is one of those triggers that most people don’t know about, but it’s real.

And it happens at the most inconvenient times. After all, that’s what stress is all about, right? Having something unexpected come up and mess up your plans? Well, I have my inhaler, so I’ll take a puff or two and finish out the concert.

Who else has had stress cause an asthma attack?

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