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Lung infections

Throughout my life, I’ve had several lung infections and as a kid, I had bronchitis a couple of times. In my early 20s, I had walking pneumonia, in my late 20s I had whooping cough. I had been vaccinated but didn’t know I needed a booster shot so yes I got whooping cough which is not something I would wish on even my worst enemy.

There was one time when I was about 4 that I woke up and couldn’t breathe, scared my mom so much that she slept at the foot of my bed the rest of that night I was fine when I went to bed and I was fine when I woke up the next morning so mom and I recently thought perhaps it was my first asthma attack.

Visting the doctor and late diagnosis

I didn’t see the doctor for it, but mom called my doctor and he had her bundle me in a blanket and take me outside. The idea being that perhaps the cool air would help settle my lungs which it did and since I was fine in the morning nothing more came of it (this would have been around 1976 so things were different then).

I was diagnosed with asthma 2 years ago, and it was confirmed with a pulmonary function test last summer (2019). Last fall I had a sinus infection that made its way to my lungs which is something I have faced throughout my entire life but nobody really knew I had asthma until summer 2019.

Early diagnosis and quality of life

Early diagnosis would have likely helped my quality of life throughout the years even though lung infections are tough to avoid. I believe the rest of my life would have been easier when it came to breathing in general. For track and field, I might not have been given a failing grade because I could never run beyond doing a 50 or 100 meter sprint. Anything more than 100 meters and I couldn’t make it to the finish line so I failed physical education anytime distance running was required.

If you or someone you know is struggling to keep up with their peers when running or walking and feel like you just don’t have enough air to keep going but are otherwise healthy talk to your doctor. Seeking treatment early will help improve your quality of life and perhaps make it possible for you to run that mile you want to run but can’t.

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  • John Bottrell, RRT moderator
    1 week ago

    Thanks for sharing your asthma experience. So sorry you didn’t get an asthma diagnosis early on in your life. Perhaps that might have resulted in proper treatment, abling you to do better in sports. Although, as you said, it was 1976 and things were different back then. I actually had a proper diagnosis and it wasn’t until much later that the medicine and knowledge became available to help my doctors help me finally obtain good asthma control. So glad to hear you finally got that proper asthma diagonsis. Of course, no one wants to be diagnosed with a chronic disease. But, on the other hand, a proper diagnosis can lead to better asthma control. Do you feel your asthma is pretty well controlled now? Just curious. John. site moderator.

  • Samuel Taylor moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, webtypo. Although lung infections can be difficult to manage with asthma and can really bog us down, it’s really great to know that we are in a community that understands each-other’s experiences.

    I know how you feel with the running portion as well. Just this year I have made it a point to run everyday to try and improve my cardio. It has taken weeks of running consistently, but I can finally run a mile without stopping and without lung pain; something I was never able to do in the past.

    I hope to hear more from you in the future and hope to hear more about what you’re doing to manage your asthma.

    Always wishing you the best,
    Samuel, Community moderator

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 weeks ago

    Hi webtypo, and thanks for sharing your very interesting story here with the community. It’s easy to understand, after all you’ve been through, why you believe in early diagnosis and treatment. For so many, that would be the key to a better life and management of a condition that frequently goes without being diagnosed.

    We appreciate your candor here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator

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