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23 September 2003 @ 05:09 pm
I'm a juicer.  
You know, steroids.
I just took my first dose.
As you may be able to guess, I have asthma. I thought I had asthma, but no, I have asthma.
It would seem I have been very stupid for three reasons:

1) Not having my "childhood" asthma checked up on regularly.
2) Not going to the doctor on previous, more recent, occasions when I have shown asthma symptoms.
3) Not going to the hospital last night, because today's peak flow reading was pretty bad, and gosh darn it, I could've died.

Had an awful night's sleep last night, due to inability to breathe.
Okay, so an inability to breathe seems like a pretty reasonable thing to rock up at the emergency department for, but what can I say? I'm an idiot.
So now I'm on Fluticasone twice daily (preventative steroid) and Salbutamol as needed (aka Ventolin).

Beware, I now have a renewed reason to bitch about your smoking!
Current Mood: sicksick
parakleta on September 23rd, 2003 02:05 am (UTC)
So you're going to be buff then...

I had a friend who had really severe asthma as a child, steriods, ventolin, becotide and some thing he had to wear a mask for 30min each night to take.

Anyway, he went through the buteyko program, and now rarely ever uses his puffer. Might be something to look into.
Jacobyak_boy on September 23rd, 2003 02:19 am (UTC)
Well, it has never been severe for me.
I was just stupid to ignore it on the occasions I had an attack.
It's one of those things that is going to need regular checks every few months, for the rest of my life.
I was silly enough to not realise this.
As the doctor rightly pointed out to me, asthma does kill people.
Robet Éivaayvah on September 23rd, 2003 03:32 am (UTC)
Wait. I had asthma once. Does that mean that I need to have it checked up or something?

Anyway, I'm glad you're okay Jacob and I'm sorry that you had such a hard time.
Jacobyak_boy on September 23rd, 2003 03:42 am (UTC)
I don't know.
The way the doctor said it to me, it sounded like it was pretty common for it to recur.
But perhaps, more to the point, it's unlikely that it would lay dormant the whole time since childhood and recur now.
Which is true, I have had a few attacks over the years, but since they have mostly been pretty mild I've just kind of "lived with it".
Last night and this morning, however, was the worst asthma attack I have ever had.
As I said, the doctor took a peak flow reading, tut-tutted and told me I should have gone to the hospital last night.
Outlier Man: 2centslukeii on September 23rd, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
I've always thought you still had asthma - I never realised you thought you didn't have it any more. You're often pretty wheezy and breathing fairly loudly, so I thought you knew you still had asthma, as it was obvious even to me.

Jacobyak_boy on September 23rd, 2003 04:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose so.
I just never had a serious attack.
Until last night.
As I said, I was stupid to ignore it.
Morwenmesmericone on September 23rd, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
I had it as a kid and did outgrow it. Then I was in the Air Force, went to the first Perisan Gulf War & got the damn stuff back again!

Always go in right away and use your inhalers! Be careful of the oral steriods...they can make you gain weight(if you took a great deal of them) and can cause you to have cataracts, which has happen to me.....bleck!
...sunflowrgoddess on September 23rd, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. I sympathize... I sleep every night with an inhaler by my bedside. Sometimes I wake up wheezing like an accordian.

Smoking is a beautiful thing isn't it? Kill the people around you while commiting slow suicide.. it contains the same stuff they use to preserve dead frogs... and just a pinch of arsnic for taste.

I'd give anything to live a day in the life of someone who can breath! When I have a cold and I take Nyquil or Dayquil and for just a little bit of time my lungs feel normal I'm just amazed at how much easier it is to get around witout having to whip out an inhaler, or shake with albueterol induced shivers that make you look like a chronic masturbator or something.

>_< GO asthma! Go away that is.
...sunflowrgoddess on September 23rd, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
I've been the the emergency room three times in my life for asthma. The last time I nearly died. My sisters house has some kind of mold in it that caused a severe reaction. My bronchial tubes constricted so much as she drove me to the hospital I looked like one of a fish taken out of water.. you know how they wriggle and gasp with a terrified look, big vacant eyes glazed over in a horrible asphyxiation. Tears streamed down my face as I felt my lungs actually burning and myself start to pass out... she got to the hospital and had to get someone to wheel me in. They have me five breathing treatments and an IV... of course I don't smoke. Never have. I love to see people who smoke chronically doing things I can't like playing sports. I mean, I just hope a giant asteroid doesn't hit them or anything.

The reason my lungs are so terrible isn't genetic. My lungs were fine as a child.. but years and years of chronic, chain smoking by my family members.. who would blow the stuff in my face made it worse and worse. I got bronchitus every other year. Eventually I had full blown severe adult asthma.
...sunflowrgoddess on September 23rd, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
some stuff that helps asthma....
a. hot cocoa.. really hot.. the steam helps
b. regular exercise (believe it or not) it induces attacks and then you have less later on in the day when you're doing stuff where you don't want to have them
c. cough syrups... Dunno why it helps. it just does.. dayquil, nyquill.. strongly minty gum.
Jacobyak_boy on September 25th, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hot cocoa? I thought dairy products were bad, since they increase phlegm production. I'm assuming you have milk with cocoa...

I know I should excercise more, for other reasons as well, but I'm, you know, lazy. Probably why I'm, you know, fat. I've got a bad case of the gonna's. I'm gonna' excercise more.
Jacobyak_boy on September 25th, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC)
That's awful.
Smoking was always forbidden in my household, and I've never been a smoker (although I have had a few puffs when drunk).
Jacobyak_boy on September 25th, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC)
Well, we're starting to make headway here with our smoking laws.
In Victoria it is now illegal to smoke indoors anywhere where food is served.
It still annoys me though, that on a beautiful sunny day, I too want to enjoy the sunshine outside, but get a faceful of smoke from the next table.
As I said to a friend of mine, I would rather the guy at the next table was shooting up heroin, it would affect me far less.