Venting About Asthma

So much pretty clover today.

Ah, running. Outside of taking in the scenery, I can’t say I particularly enjoy it, but I do like how it makes me feel afterwards.

I think part of why I have a hard time with it is because every time I go out, I’m reminded of just how frustrating it is to live with asthma. My disease is characterized as “mild to moderate”, because I don’t usually need my rescue inhaler more than two or three times a week when I’m being strict about diet, exercise and cleaning. It’s a lot worse when I indulge in junk, don’t get active several times a week or slack on keeping dust levels down.

It’s infuriating when people try telling me, “Oh, (this trigger) is harmless! What’s your problem?” Well, those of us with asthma and other immune-related diseases have issues with things that don’t bother other people.

Here’s a short list of supposedly “harmless” things that make my lungs close up in high enough levels:

  • Cold air
  • Many artificial preservatives
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Colds
  • Perfume
  • Benadryl

I didn’t include allergies, like seafood, dust, and pollen, or food sensitivities, like eggs and milk, since many non-asthmatics have those, too. Nor did I include smoke, from tobacco and wood, since those things aren’t harmless, despite what certain companies would have you believe.

When I talk to the wrong people about managing my asthma through minimizing triggers and maintaining a somewhat healthy lifestyle, they have a tendency to tell me I should relax, “enjoy life”, and start taking long term meds. That’s what they’re there for, right?

Look, I don’t judge people who rely on medication more than trigger avoidance/careful lifestyle for symptom management. If it works for them, it works for them.

I’ve tried long term meds before. I cycled through at least three of them before changing my lifestyle, because watching what I eat, making time to exercise and cleaning is easier for me than dealing with side effects and extra bills.

My asthma is not so severe that I need long term medication, and I’m fortunate enough that I can keep it from getting that bad. If that changes in the future, then I’ll begrudgingly explore long term meds again.

You do your thing, and I’ll do mine.

Bah. I’m feisty today.

Have a picture of an egret and ducks chilling on the pond.

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