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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July fireworks - and smoke!

No posting on Monday, I was having fun on another 4th of July weekend! My heart still feels like it's going to burst when I watch the parade-with the American flag and all the servicemen.

There's nothing like a good BBQ, watermelon, corn on the cob and ice cream.

Of course we have to top that off with fireworks, but the smoke always makes me nervous. In fact, whenever I hear one of the kids cough, I say "Who's coughing? Who's coughing?!!" Sometimes my worry is warranted, other times one of my teenagers will say, "Mom, chill. I just swallowed wrong!"

I think the thing with asthma is that you never stop worrying. Of course many days go off without a hitch, but other days you get blind-sided by something you didn't anticipate. Like smoke from fireworks. Can't we be a normal family and just light fireworks on the 4th of July without me hovering and making sure the kids don't get too close to the smoke?!

It also makes me nervous when the kids go on campouts with my husband. I insist on packing all the asthma medication, nebulizer and the adapter for it so my husband can use it in the truck.

But, this year, no problems. #2 son did end up in the hospital one year due to smoke from a forest fire and fireworks, but I'll save that for a Flash Back Friday.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and enjoyed the fireworks!


  1. It is so great you are doing a blog! You have a wealth of information for people dealing with the everyday worry of asthma. Plus it will be fun to see what you are up to. Wish I would have known you back when Megan was a toddler and had some scary asthma issues. Glad she has outgrown that. Glad your holiday went over without any problems!

  2. I wish my kids would 'outgrow' it! But it will always be there. Unfortunately, with asthma on both sides of the family, the kids didn't have a chance! I remember once when #2 son and Kitty were in the hospital at the same time, same room-thanks to asthma- and I was thinking "my husband and I are genetically defective-we should not have reproduced!" Look what we caused!