This time of year can be stressful if you have allergies and asthma.
If you are traveling to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving (or another family member's house) - you may worry about all sorts of things.
- Can you make your flight?
- How long is the drive?
- What is grandma's house like? (or wherever else you are going)
- Are there cats there?
- Is it dusty? (when is the last time the guest bedroom was vacuumed?)
- Are there going to be other people there - like kids with runny noses and coughs?
- Will someone make a dish for dinner that has tree nuts? (Even though you have told them MANY times that your son is allergic to nuts?)
Did you know that stress can trigger an asthma attack?
There are some things you can't control - like weather for flying or driving. Or if someone gets sick.
Holidays are always an adventure!
When we travel for Thanksgiving (or any other holiday) we plan ahead. We always pack maintenance medications (Be sure to check the counter on your inhaler to see how many puffs are left. I ended up out of town for a conference and realized my inhaler didn't "feel" right. It sounded like it was working, but when I looked at the counter on the canister, it showed 0 puffs left. Oops!!)
"Just in case, " we find out:
- Where is the closest Emergency Department?
- Closest pharmacy?
You never know if you might need a breathing treatment, trip to the Emergency Department, refill on a medication, etc. So, we try to plan ahead, it makes me feel safer knowing I have all of our medications and know where to go if one of gets sick or has an accident.
What's the old saying? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best?
On that note, Happy Thanksgiving!!