Yes, my asthma is very well controlled. Yes, I haven't wheezed in years,(mostly I just cough uncontrollably). Yes, I am really good at breathing. I have been inhaling and exhaling regularly for almost forty-two years. That more than exceeds the 10,000 hours that somebody says you need to become an expert.
So why do I need a reminder once or twice a year that
I think partly it's that I don't think of my asthma as being "real" asthma. It is normally so well in hand that it causes me no concern.
Except it's important for me to remember that it can lead to complications following an infection. I have had terrible bronchitis, influenza and pneumonia (not at the same time). They kicked my ass and really worsened my asthma symptoms and now I am a wee bit paranoid. Hypochondriacal even. So I panic at the least pulmonary symptom.
I feel a weird something in my lungs and I call the nurse care line. And they see ASTHMA on my chart and they hear me say things like shortness of breath and tightness in my chest and it's off to urgent care for me. When really, what I needed to do was just remember the above three things. allergies+air quality+ illness = worsening asthma symptoms.
Also, it is hard to work on being good to your brain when your body feels like crap.
Grateful Crap: that my real asthma is so mild that I usually don't notice it. And that when I feel weird it is just a gentle reminder that I do have to watch what I inhale.
took meds 150mg sertraline, 450mg bupropion
went for a 10 minute walk
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