Sick of asthma
Do you ever get sick of asthma? I was doing a presentation about asthma last week, when I thought 'how has this become so much a part of my life?' There are days when I am tired of inhalers, nebulizers, and all of the other equipment.
I was trying to explain asthma to a group of normal people. You know, people who can pet cats, go horse back riding, walk through a hay maze in the fall, etc, all without thinking about asthma.
I hope they understood everything I was presenting, I went through it slowly, and asked if anyone had questions. It's a lot of information, and I remember when the first of my kids was diagnosed 11 years ago. I think my reaction was something similar to 'wait-what?'. Doesn't your head just swim when you or your kids are first diagnosed?
I received 30 pages of printouts about asthma from the respiratory therapist when Son #1 was hospitalized the first time. I went through every page, re-reading, highlighting, etc. Asthma is a strange world of weird terminology and even weirder equipment. It's second nature to me now, but it was hard to understand initially.
I hope my 11 years of experience can help some of you out there. Hang in there, asthma definitely has its ups and downs. And winter is often one of the downs. I guess I should appreciate the days when none of the kids are coughing and we're all healthy-until the next cold hits.....