And nearly 34 million Americans suffer from asthma. And I'm one of those people. I guess I'm writing about this today because back in November I got sick...be it the cold or flu, I'm not exactly sure...and today, January 17, I am still coughing and wheezing abnormally. Now, to be honest, the boxing class I did this week seems to have stirred things up, so maybe vigorous exercise was not the very best idea. But that just sucks.
One might think that 42 years of suffering with asthma I might be used to it by now. It's a funny little affliction, though. I can go for weeks without feeling any symptoms and then...BAM...out of the blue it shows up when I least expect it.
Now, over the years it has become more manageable for me. Thank goodness for modern medicine! I remember as a toddler having to drink a thick, yellow, awful tasting theophylline liquid. As I got older it came in capsule form. But even in my early 20's I would miss a week of work suffering from attacks. I had a nebulizer I would pull out when it was that bad. That thing always scared the cat.
Cat. Yes, I know. My doctors shame me every time I mention that I have a cat...and now also a dog! But I'm an animal lover!! And 80% of the time they don't bother my asthma! But that other 20%...ugh.