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My asthma story

Hey all, I have had asthma since I was about 10. I had allergies all my life before that. I am 49 so when I was first diagnosed there were no inhaled steroids available, so my Asthma Dr. would put me on steroid bursts way too often to control it. When I was 16 I stayed with a friend for a week while my mom and stepdad went on their honeymoon. My friend had cats and dogs and I ended up using my inhaler so much I almost died. I was at school and didn’t want kids or teachers to know how bad I was so I overdosed on albuterol and ended up in the hospital for a week. I then ended up with Cushings Syndrome at age 19 for being on too many prednisone packs. I think it was about that time I got started on the first inhaled steroid. For a while my asthma was under control and I didn’t require daily albuterol inhaler, but that only lasted a year or two. Since the age of 21 or so I have had to take my Proair(or Albuterol, Ventolin) inhaler every single day. I was on Advair forever, now I am on Breo daily. I am not sure why it is not controlled by the Advair or Breo. I think my lungs just got addicted to albuterol. I don’t go anywhere without my proair and I carry it with me in my scrub pocket at work as well. I work as a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital. Since a young age I wanted to be a Respiratory Therapist to help people with breathing problems like myself. If I am in a house with cats it gets pretty bad. My son has a cat and refuses to get rid of it, so my visits have to be short because it makes me tight and wheezy and eyes itch, throat itches. I have found that most people just “don’t get it” about asthma. People can be downright rude, even really nice people because they are clueless. I can’t handle summer because of the humidity even though I love outdoors and hiking, biking, walking, etc. I just have no tolerance to being overheated and the humidity just suffocates me. I am active, an online health and fitness coach part time, but wish my body could handle outdoors better! I even lost 90 pounds a few years ago and it did not really improve my asthma at all surprisingly. Thanks for reading! I hope to learn more and educate more people on asthma and how serious it really is, especially parents who don’t understand how serious it is when their kids have it!

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  • nanie1
    3 years ago

    Hi fire 1509 I was diagnosed with allergies asthma in Sept 2016 . I have struggled with it since .I am on disability now I just started having problems with smell. Shampoos all hygiene products. Cleaners etc. I just finished a nebulizer treatment just now after showering new shampoo and conditioner. No perfumes or Free and Clear, we’ll it didn’t work . Do you have and suggestions. I had to go wash out with dove unscented bar soap please help.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Fire1509 and welcome. Thanks so much for sharing your story and life experiences with asthma. Sounds like you have some challenges handling with asthma control but, as a respiratory therapist, you must be up to that challenge.

    As you can see, we are all about all things asthma. We have many scientific articles published here on our website as well as anecdotal reports from our many contributors. It is all available to you whenever and however often you want to access the website.

    If you haven’t as yet, you may want to check us out on Facebook: There you will find our community members who are very interactive with one another as they discuss and share their experiences managing this varied condition. You may find it’s a good place to be!

    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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