It’s pretty scary when all of a sudden you can’t breathe; you’re turning blue and gasping for air. Not a fun position to be in when you don’t know what to do. I experienced so much anxiety over dealing with the asthma.
Being diagnosed as an adult with asthma is not fun at all. Some of the areas of my life that were affected are not being able to enjoy the outdoors, working in my garden or just taking a walk. Asthma changes the way you do everything. You now have to carry an inhaler with you at all times. In some cases you have to use a nebulizer machine that turns your liquid medications to a mist. The nebulizer helps in people who have difficulty using an asthma inhaler or as an added level of protection.
Life has changed since I was diagnosed; I don’t spend as much time outdoors as I used to be able to. The weather can cause my lungs to feel sticky and I’m not able to take deep breathes. These are the times that require the use of my nebulizer for breathing treatments. Each day takes on new challenges.
If it gets too hard to breath and breathing treatments and my inhaler do not work, I have to go to the hospital for a more intense treatment. You learn what you can and cannot do and you do have to be careful. For me the love of gardening is a constant reminder that I have a problem and need to change the style that I am used to doing things. I have learned to garden in the early morning hours, take my walks in the morning or later evenings when the temperatures are at their lowest. Each person is different and your body will tell you what it can do and how much it can handle.
Listen to your body. It will tell you what is best for you each day. Don’t stop doing what you love to do. Learn when the best time is for you to enjoy your favorite things such as exercise. Don’t give up the exercise. It has many health benefits such as increasing your lung capacity.
Don’t forget to talk to your doctors. They can give you some suggestions to make living your daily life easier. They can also do testing to tell you the capacity of your lung intake. Knowing and understanding these answers will help you what you can do.