I was at an event where a woman was selling scented candles in a candle warmer, similar to this one that I found on Amazon.
I saw her when she was setting up her display. I was setting up a display (about asthma) at the same event.....which meant that I would be stuck in the same room with her (and her scented candles) - for 2 days!
I approached her and told her that I have asthma, and that her scented candles would trigger an asthma attack for me. She quickly said, "I'll just burn a light scent." She didn't get it! I can't stand ANY scented candles, (or perfumes!) I had to ask the coordinator of the event to talk to the woman and ask her not to burn her candles.
I REALLY HATE HAVING ASTHMA!!!!
It seems like I am the Kill Joy at events like that. Sigh. I'm sure that woman would have sold more candles if people could smell them burning. And it probably would have made the room smell A LOT better. But no - I have to have asthma. Which means that my body is oversensitive and it will overreact to normal things that other people can be around. Then I will have an asthma attack.
Basically- its the "drama queen effect." For those of you who have teenagers, you will understand that term! With asthma, your body over reacts to different things. My lungs can instantly constrict which makes me have a sudden coughing spell (asthma attack.) Even after using my inhaler, it takes several hours to feel better. And even the next day, my chest will still hurt.
It's SO frustrating. Just once, I would like to be the "normal" person in the room who doesn't have to worry about scented candles and people wearing perfume. Not to mention how I have to avoid my other triggers of cold temperatures, cats, and pollen.
Stupid body. Arrgh.