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Things I’m Thankful For

I lost some AA batteries in my car. My son said he needed those batteries for his Wii remote control. As I was searching my car for those batteries, I saw an unopened prescription for Ventolin between the seats. I thought to myself, “Wow! That’s something to be thankful for.”

If you are a regular follower of mine and know my asthma history (of which I have written about quite a bit both here and on my Asthma History blog), then you’d know that this is quite a feat for me.

It’s definitely something to be thankful for.

As recently as ten years ago, I was going through a Ventolin inhaler a month, and quite often I’d go through one a week. I actually was so bad at one time or another that I went through one in a day. And, as you might imagine, that much beta adrenergic medicine made me quite jittery, and it didn’t bode well for sleep that night, whether I stayed home or was admitted to the hospital for asthma.

So, back in the day, you can bet I had an inhaler on my possession at all times. I had one in my pocket everywhere I went. I had one in my pocket since I was ten-years-old. It was my best friend. For lack of a better saying, “I never left home without it.”

And when I did leave home without it, I would quickly find my way back home. Or, I’d suffer. I’d grin and bear it. And, that was not good. Those were not good days. Sometimes I’d have trouble breathing just due to the anxiety of not having it with me. So, I learned to make sure I always had it on my posession, especially if I was leaving the house.

I am so thankful those days are over.

Now, in 2017, I do not need it anymore, or at least not as often. There it sits in my car still wrapped in a Meijer bag with the receipt stapled to it with the price. (Oh, the price. It said $75. That’s something that isn’t so great, but that’s a story for another day.)

It’s neat that the asthma controller medicines that I am now on have allowed for me to have such great asthma control that I do not need my rescue inhaler on most days. I do not even need to take it with me when I go for runs.

And, yes, I also am thankful that I can run now.

Just to put this into perspective, when I was in the 9th grade, the only grade in high school that gym was mandatory, I was medically excused from participating. That’s how bad my asthma was. Today, however, I am able to run as much as I want and I don’t even need to take my inhaler with me.

That is pretty neat, I think. For this I am so, so thankful.

This is all made possible because of modern medicine. Take me off of my medicine, and I probably go back to having severe asthma every day. I bet my lung function, my FEV1, would go back down to the 50% range it was when I was admitted to the asthma hospital way back in January of 1985.

But, I don’t want to do that again. And, thanks to modern medicine, I probably won’t have to. And even though the price of my asthma controller medicine generally comes to over $100 for a month supply, I’m still forever thankful for it.

So, that’s what I’m thankful for. What are you thankful for?

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