Like many of you, I watched the news of the attacks in Paris with my heart in my throat.
Previously, Hubby and I had spent our 25th anniversary in Paris. We LOVE Paris, it is such a beautiful place!
And then we watched the news reports. My emotions were a mess - first shock and horror, then love for the people of Paris who offered help to the innocent people caught in the cross fire.
The hashtag #portouverte (or #opendoor) was trending on Twitter.
The people of Paris were opening their doors to scared and injured tourists. They fed and clothed the tourists and provided a place for them to sleep and feel safe.
Did you know that strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack?
According to Mayo Clinic, the following can cause (or trigger) an asthma attack:
- Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
- Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
- Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
- Cold air
- Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
- Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve)
- Strong emotions and stress
- Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages, including shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer and wine
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
So, what do you do if you are faced with any of these asthma triggers, including stress and strong emotions?
Allergy & Asthma Network shared an article last week on their Facebook page. The article is from American Academy of Pediatrics and is called "Talking to Children About Disasters."
The article has ideas to talk with young children and older children. And ways that parents can help kids cope with disasters. I'm going to use some of the ideas to talk to my kids.
Until then, I will look through my pictures of Paris and remember the beautiful architecture, fabulous food and loving people of Paris.