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02-02-2006, 05:56 PM
There must be heaps of us here. I love exercise and avoided it for many years because of my asthma. Now I realise that I can exercise with asthma as long as I watch for the signs and take care of myself.

Sometimes though, it gets me. I am very episodal at the moment, due to new carpets being laid at work. I've always been allergic to new carpet, so much so that my parents never ever had new carpet!

So I have laid off exercise a bit this week, and being a bit more cautious with my calories. And hopefully things will get back to normal next week!

impossible princess
02-02-2006, 06:23 PM
I'm one. Didn't get it til adulthood bizarrely.

Find it comes and goes sometimes its absolutely terrible sometimes I forget I have it but always have to be careful in summer have very bad hayfever too and make sure i'm clean as dust makes it terrible and not to overdo it in the pool (heat sets it off) and the gym.

Haven't noticed that carpet does it for me though.

02-02-2006, 07:48 PM
I have it too. I hurt so bad when it rains or if I'm around a lake for to long.
As for exercise I can only do 5 mins at a time. I had it as a teen to ,but didn't know it , because I was told I was fat all time (at a140lbs) so I thought that was why I couldn't breathe and my lung hurt so bad so I never told anyone and I ran track my lung would hurt and I did realy know what asthma was all I knew was I was fat because I was told that all the time.
My grandma had it I wish now a would of told her I think she would of been the only one who would of told me what was worng.

02-03-2006, 02:31 AM
Anything chemical based sets me off. I love to swim, and I still do it, but the chlorine sets me off, fresh paint, freshly laid carpet, strong glue............ I can usually avoid those triggers, but at the moment it's a jolly nuisance. My employer was warned. I would have pushed to have the week off, but I have my Christmas do tonight and didn't want to have the week off then go to the dinner, that would have been cheeky.

I have had it since I was a baby. I was told I would grow out of it once an adult. Well I'm 33 now, and it ain't happened yet! Perhaps I'm not a grown up yet ;)

02-03-2006, 06:12 AM
I'm an asthma chick too. Had it all my life but diagnosed only last year. I wish I'd been diagnosed earlier in life when I was coughing so hard I'd nearly throw up after running at school! My lack of breath is a lot of why I've avoided exercise throughout my life.

I've just joined a gym though and the trainer there has me starting on the treadmill really slowly to warm up. Once I've done 10 mins of that I can really get going and the asthma doesn't kick in. Its weird because I can work out for 45mins at the gym and be fine then walk up the stairs to the office and be really wheezing!

And Kykaree - Christmas Do? Eh? Has time just rewound without my noticing?

02-03-2006, 12:57 PM
Weird isn't it, Christmas in February!!!! The venue is cheaper this time of year ;)

I did a course through the Asthma Foundation in Australia and that really helped me learn how to manage it, and got me in contact with other people with it.

I did swimming for Asthma classes when I was little. One of my friends died of it at school, which really scared me for a long time.

I find that with exercise. In the gym, I am fine, but if I run up a flight of stairs, I usually wheeze. I think it's because exercise is planned, and you work up to a level, rather than stopping and starting. A lot of my asthma is emotional and situational, and I know certain situations will trigger it.

It's like with this carpet thing, because I am stressed and in the back of my mind a bit worried about my job and what management will think of me making such a fuss, it's making it worse than just an allergy alone.

My fears are completely unfounded though, my manager has been fabulous, and everyone is being really supportive. And it's loads better today now that I am in an office with old carpet!!!!!!!

02-03-2006, 01:12 PM
Im also an asthma chick, Had it since I was born. I actually breathe so much easier if I workout daily, When I don't or miss a day I have a really hard time breathing,it's weird but true! I had a hard time when I started to workout but if I continue to do it then I keep breathing through it easier and easier if i miss one day i have a hard time not losing my breath or weezing through-out the workout.

02-09-2006, 05:44 PM
It is a myth that you outgrow asthma. That was the old way of thinking. I had it as a child, was told I outgrew it, and it returned with a vengence about 10 years ago. The doctor told me it goes into remission and now there is almost an epedemic among older people of asthma returning.

I am greatly bothered by cold air, even to the point I can't be by the freezer cases in the grocery store very long. A lot of chemicals set me off. Had a lot of problems due to allergies but did 5 years of desensitizing shots and that has helped a lot. I also have GERD which makes it worse. I am on Advair and Singular now and that seems to be the best for me. I use my Albuterol 30 minutes before exercise and that lets me walk fast for about 45 minutes. I dread having to go on Prednisone (guaranteed to gain 10 pounds in 10 days) but sometimes that is all that helps me.

Wide in Winnipeg
02-09-2006, 06:00 PM
Me Too! I've had asthma since I was about 12yrs. old. I find that if I get upset or excited about things,it really acts up. I am allergic to everything in this world I'm sure so anything can set it off,Thankfully I am taking Advair daily and Salbutamol for emergencies,and it seems to help some!Although not completly under control.

02-10-2006, 05:42 AM
:wave: i don't have asthma but i have congestive heart desease. i take a water pill to get rid of the fluid around my lungs and heart. it helps with the weezing. ask your drs. about taking a water pill. :) glen

02-12-2006, 02:57 AM
I have asthma as well and it does make exercise difficult at times. I just slow the pace down when I feel an attack coming on. I can't do alot of fast paced cardio however because I most of my asthma attacks are brought on by high endurance cardio. I do find however that since I started Cardio that the attacks are fewer.

I find that with the right timing for my cardio and proper eating patterns that it helps alot.

02-12-2006, 03:19 AM
My trainer suggested I do HIIT cardio, which I tried once, he looked a bit embarrassed when I had an asthma attack on the cross trainer, poor guy was mortified! I can do large bouts of solid state high intensity, but going up and down like that makes my lungs completely confused!

02-26-2006, 05:28 PM
All I have to do is work out to the point of being red sweating to bring on a great attack!
What I'm trying now is to work out on elliptical or recumbant bike just to below the point of being overheated - I feel sweat, I slow down, then speed up gradually for .5 hr or so.

But then, I get in the pool and swim for half an hour. First, I got my time up, now I'm increasing the intensity of my workout - the water takes away the body heat,

I resent having to cope with both asthma and bad knees (brought on by negative reactions to the steroids we so often take) that I didn't work out for, like 10 years - so I have all that out-of-shapeness (I KNOW that's not a word, but you know what I mean) to deal with - no one ever said this was fair, but I do believe, today that it can be done.


03-01-2006, 08:04 PM
I've got exercise-induced asthma, and it sucks. I use my inhaler but I can't jog or run for more than a couple minutes before I start weezing and coughing, which sucks. Cardio can be pretty tough for me, but I keep plugging away at it. I had to stop taking Advair, too, because it was interferring with other medications. Bleh.

03-05-2006, 10:32 PM
Anybody ever dx'd with exercise induced asthma? I was almost 6 years ago. Couldn't figure out why I'd cut the lawn and couldn't breath, or walk up stairs or even go for a walk and have a really hard time breathing. To this day I walk about a block and I'm wheezing. As far as shopping and the asthma, I've learned to take it real slow. I go into the grocery store for 5 items and it takes me about 45 minutes to an hour. Everybody tells me I need to do cardio workouts. Exercise is hard for me I run out of breath and have an attack after 2 minutes, to boot I live in a 2nd floor apartment. I really really hate useing my inhaler try to avoid it. Did I mention I have high BP as well, which could explain why sometimes when I stand up I get dizzy. Any suggestions on exercise or even getting motivated?

03-06-2006, 02:31 AM
Mine is exacerbated by exercise, as well as other stuff.

I would go and see your doctor about strategies for handling it when exercising. What he/she will probably suggest is taking your reliever inhaler about half an hour before exercise to relax your airways, and/or suggest a long term medication that you take every day.

My asthma isn't well-controlled due to me not being able to take cortico-steroid based meds, but I can manage it when exercising by taking my reliever before exercise and carrying it with me at the gym for emergencies.

03-20-2006, 01:59 PM
Got a good lesson in this over the weekend.

Went to my usual NuStep machine on Saturday AM - on weekends, I try to do .5 hr NuStep, .5 hr swimming. There was a guy I'd never met on the other machine - and after a while we chatted for a few minutes about our programs, and I found that I was matching his pace. Now, he's been working out for several more months, and after a few minutes, I noticed I was getting a little pink in the face.
Did I slow down? Did I go out to the truck to get my rescue inhaler?
No, I kept pumping - as anonymous person in gym who knows nothing about me said - we all do what works for us - and he's losing more and faster than I am - so what he's doing must be right for me, too!
And did I cut back on my number of laps, or slow down, when for the last week or so, I've been trying to improve my speed?
Nope -
And did I wheeze and have chest pains Saturday night, even though I took extra meds and did breathing exercises to try to open my bronchioles?
You betcha -

I hate it when I'm stupid.


impossible princess
03-20-2006, 02:16 PM
Thats what I do take it half an hour before exercise then take my inhalers to the gym with me.

03-23-2006, 05:19 AM
I have exercise induced asthma as well as "normal" asthma. My asthma is greatly exacerbated by my GERD, and allergies. So those need to be controlled.

I hate albuterol because of the way it makes me jittery but I do have an inhaler and a nebulizer. While my asthma is generally under really good control now, It used to be severe when I was a teenager.

These couple of weeks it has been under a bit of a flair. So I have been using more advair. Also at the gym I am doing things that are lower intensity for me like walking or recumbent bike rather than the eliptical.

I can do awesome on a peak flow meter. One of the reasons is because for years I played the flute and there was a lot of focus on proper breathing techniques. While I am not a great musician, I do still have the breathing lessons with me. When I find myself wheezing I remind myself to focus on breathing slowly (if I can), preferably in through the nose and out through the mouth with deep breaths. I also try to breath from the stomach during workouts rather than the chest sometimes, if that makes any sense- deeper breaths.

But I love the diskuss style inhalers. I'm not good at using conventional ones so when those came along it was nice for me.

03-23-2006, 01:58 PM
My mum wouldn't let me do a wind instrument because of my asthma!!!! (I wanted to learn the bag pipes :lol: ) So I did violin, which didn't help my peak flow readings!!! I hate that thing!!!

When we first got conventional inhalers, I was about 12 and I had to go back to the syrup for a while because it didn't work. Yep we were using it upside down folks. Sigh.

I've started yoga, and am hoping that helps me control my breathing. I used to suffer from anxiety attacks, and sometimes an asthma attack can bring on a panic attack, and vice versa.

Asthma management is a lot more complicated that people give it credit for. We're all so different!

03-25-2006, 06:34 PM
Yep, I'm an asthma chick too! At school my mum encouraged me to play a wind instrument too but everyone felt the flute was too delicate, I wanted the sax but guess what was felt to be best for the 16 stone Heather? The bloody trombone!!! I still harbour a desire to play the sax now and probably will when I get my own place and have more room to keep stuff and space to practice!

impossible princess
04-15-2006, 03:08 PM
I'm finding burning peppermint oil on my oil burner amazing at the moment its really helping my asthma loads.

04-15-2006, 03:43 PM
I've finally discovered Pilates,a nd have found their breathing system has really helped. My asthma attacks have reduced, and I have been able to control an attack with the breathing method. I've used my inhaler a lot less in the past few weeks, so I am relieved to have found something that finally helps!

Eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil work for me. I hate the smell of peppermint, I must have been a mouse (a wheezy one) in a former life, they hate peppermint apparently!

04-18-2006, 02:35 AM
I've had asthma for about 12 years now. When I was younger it was pretty bad and a couple of years back it was really bad. I've been pretty good with my exercise lately, with mostly using a stationary bike and doing well with that. My asthma has been under pretty good control for a while and with the exercise, it was actually helping me control it. About a week or two ago I started a little bit on the elliptical. Like the others have mentioned here, 3 days ago, I was stupid and felt myself getting out of breath, got all sweaty and red and pushed myself too too hard. I had a very bad attack that took me 2 days to fully get over and feel better again. I just have my albuterol to control it because that's all I really needed plus I use mucinex because I find it helps me control it also, it helps me alot. But that one day I was stupid, I didn't pay attention to my body and suffered for it.
So, anyway, just listen to your body, don't push yourself. I was kinda pushing myself because I thought I was ready and wanted to be at a pace of the others but I have to go at my own pace. If that means I lose weight at a slower pace or it takes longer, that's okay, as long as it doesn't kill me. I have to admit though, I'm a little scared now to start exercising again because that last attack was so bad, so I have to start at the bottom again and go slowly.

04-26-2006, 01:59 PM
Violet - as the other "stupid" one, I think it may be a learning thing.
I talked to an exercise physiologist (wouldn't recommend it, at $85, she spent a lot of time shilling for the exercise program she works for), but she did say that the best thing I can do for myself is less intensity for a longer period of time.
So I'm trying to dial it down an exercise level, and keep going for 10-15 minutes more.
And, trying to keep my head on straight.
Isn't it nice that we have a disease that is so treatable, if you are just really respectful of your body.


05-02-2006, 09:50 AM
It's nice to know there are others out there struging with controlling their asthma and still trying to excercise and keep healthy - it's not easy! I was diagnosed at 6 months old and have had it my whole life. I've never been able to run longer than a few minutes which really hampered my athletic participation in school. I hated being the girl on the sidelines! It seemed I either had to be totally in or just left out completely. As I've gotten older I've realized there are plenty of excercises I can do, I just have to be careful and monitor my breathing. For me, the best thing is to leave all the aerobic classes and hiking groups behind and to work at my own pace. I prefer the gym where i can be in control of my breathing and heartrate. The eliptical is great and I like rowing too. I've also found that swimming is good. I live near a few green areas where there are nice, hilly walks which also help to keep me in shape. As far as medicine, combining Advair, Cingular and Allegra has saved my life! Before taking these I used to end up in the hospital because of terrible asthma attacks at least once a year. Now, I've been hospital free for over 6 years and my lungs are in better shape than ever. Good luck to all you asthma-chicks - the support is great!!!

impossible princess
05-24-2006, 07:39 PM
Mine has gone horrible at the moment but fingers crossed I've got it back under control my hayfever has been awful which is why its been bad but now I'm taking more meds than a pharmacy it seems to be better I had a really good peak flow when i saw the nurse this week he was really impressed. I've been practicing my flute too which helps because it makes me control my breathing more.

06-01-2006, 12:16 PM
I take Singulair and the Advair diskus, and my allergy med is Zyrtec.
But the medicine that works the best for me is old-fashioned Theophyllin.

My internist says that "nobody" uses it any more because the toxic range is narrow, but I take 1 every 6 hrs, working with my allergist, and it's perfect for me. And there's no pain.

I think, however, that I also help myself a lot by making sure that I get my 8 hrs of sleep a night, and, now adding low intensity exercising is making it better.


06-01-2006, 12:40 PM
I know what it's like to be an "asthma nobody", I am sensitive to all cortisone meds, they give me migraine, debiliatating 3 day migraines.......and I just don't get migraine at all when I am not on the meds. But I am a nobody, as it is an unreported side effect, so every time I see a different doctor, I have to explain.

If it works for you, wonderful. Theophylline didn't like me at all :(

Has anyone tried the Buteyko method?

06-01-2006, 01:51 PM
Hey I was diagnosed as an Asthma chick at 26 originally it was cough variant mainly when I get sick
now my allergies kick it into high gear and I'm uncomfy all the time!
I don't take my rescue because then i can't bend my knees
I have singulair and nasacourt and right now during the hardcore pollen season I have asthmanex

impossible princess
06-02-2006, 08:05 AM
I know what it's like to be an "asthma nobody", I am sensitive to all cortisone meds, they give me migraine, debiliatating 3 day migraines.......and I just don't get migraine at all when I am not on the meds. But I am a nobody, as it is an unreported side effect, so every time I see a different doctor, I have to explain.

If it works for you, wonderful. Theophylline didn't like me at all :(

Has anyone tried the Buteyko method?

I get migraines alot when I'm taking my inhalers and hayfever meds but the doctors have told me that its the hayfever that causes the migraines not the meds.
I wonder whether it is the meds.

06-02-2006, 09:57 AM
Keep a migraine diary. That's what I did, and then I could prove that I only got the migraine when on preventative meds.

Then I got referred to a respiratory physician, who was lovely, and we designed an asthma management plan that avoided the preventatives.

06-17-2006, 11:17 AM
I've had asthma since childhood. Right now I'm on Advair, Theodur, and Albuterol when needed. Usually I have no problem exercising unless it's very cold.

The thing that is hardest is when I get the cold that everyone else has, it turns into a two-week bout of pneumonia and lays me out for a while. People think I'm neurotic about avoiding people with colds but it's such a big deal to get one---and working in a hospital gives me more exposure. For some reason, patients in hospitals think it's OK to cough all over health care workers and then when their visitors come, they cover their mouths when they cough! Like we're immune...go figure! :dunno:


07-13-2006, 02:33 PM
I was talking to my allergist at my semi-annual checkup this week. Commented that sometimes, even though I take my Albuterol before I start exercising, when I'm working hard on a machine, I go a little overboard, and can't seem to get myself out of status asthmaticus ( I call it the bear) for a day or more.
She said that, back in the 70s when she was in her residency, she had a few young athletes as patients, who would be fine during practice, but would put out that extra effort during the game, and would have the same problem.
She said that those patients did very well when they took Intal (chromilin sulfate) before the game. And gave me a sample to try.

She says she knows that it's a little old-fashioned now, but if it fills in in certain situations, hey...

I'll let you all know how it works.


08-14-2006, 01:52 AM
I have it too.... dx at 19 but I think I had it my whole life. Childhood was filled with bronchitis. I just finished a course of steriods as I had a major flare up having my floors re-done. I was stupid and stayed home while it was being done and slept in the house with the fumes... I will never do that again!

08-14-2006, 01:54 AM
I'm on advair, albuterol, nasonex

09-06-2006, 02:29 PM
If You Have The Correct Treatment For Asthma It Usually Can Be Controlled Enough So That You Can Do Some Exercise. You Should Not Have To Use Your Inhaler Often If You Are Under A Doctor's Care.if You Do You Should Tell The Doctor And Ask For New Medications. For A Few Years A Doctor Treated Me Without The Proper Meds. I Went To Someone Else And It Was Wonderful. I Hardly Ever Get An Attack Now. Of Course,i Cannot Do As Much As A "normal" Person,but I Am Much Much Better And Very Grateful. My Big Problem Is Arthritis. I Do Not Feel Like Exercising When It Causes So Much Pain.

10-01-2006, 04:02 PM
Hi everyone. Another asthma chick here.

I have had it since my early teens (now late 30's), but until the last few years it had always been fairly well under control. Over the past few years I have found myself struggling more and more with everyday things - like perfume, cleaning fluids, basically anything with a strong smell was just about killing me off. I was on so many doses of oral steroids last year it wasn't funny.

I had been on the same medication for about 15 years, and my doc wasn't really very forthcoming with changing it. I ended up in ER just before christmas last year, and ended up staying in for a week, it was really quite scary.

Anyway, before I had gone in, I had researched different asthma meds - so when the chest physician came to see me, I suggested a change. He put me from becotide to flixotide, and also added singulair (which I had researched). The long and short of it is that, this year, I have barely taken my ventolin, when before I was using it almost 8 times daily. The new drugs have changed my life this year, its hard to explain to people who have never suffered just how fabulous it is to be in the vicinity of someone wearing strong perfume without having to keel over!

The down side is that I have put on about 25 pounds since I was in hospital. I could blame the high doses of oral steroids I was on (and I DO blame them to most people!) - but in reality, I have just plain overeaten. I'm sure you can all sympathise how it feels when your asthma is bad, eating isn't a big priority... so since I have been well, I have been making up for lost time!

So what happens? The weight goes on, and all of a sudden as the weather gets cooler, yours truly is starting to struggle again! Hence the big diet and fitness regime starting today!!

Phew, that was long! Hope you don't mind - but it is nice to get that off my chest to people who will understand!

Take care everyone


11-09-2006, 11:28 AM

Newbie here, hoping to resurrect this thread because I'm one of you.

One of my biggest obstacles in losing weight is that I don't really like to exercise. I have had periods of being fit in the past. But until I get to a certain level of fitness, exercise is uncomfortable, as in overtiring at even minimal levels. And the older I get, the longer it takes me to get to that level where workouts feel good. It's doubly hard right now because I'm in the middle of my busy season. There's always more work. (I'm a court reporter, and there's a shortage of us where I live. Plus my husband is out of work at the moment -- this is not all bad, actually, just a long story which I will explain elsewhere -- so I feel pressed to work as much as I can.) My slow Winter Solstice season is coming up, and I won't be going out to any jobs Thanksgiving week because my steno machine will be in service. So I have lots of resolutions. Dazzlingly virtuous as they are, they don't burn calories or build cardio fitness, both of which can only help the asthma (sigh).

Not sure what I'm going to do about this one, but I have to do something.

11-10-2006, 12:54 PM
Newbie here, hoping to resurrect this thread because I'm one of you.

Count me in among the wheezers.

Cathryn, I used to hate to exercise, too - I mean REALLY hate it - because it has always been an effort for me. Asthma sure didn't make it any easier, but I have it very well-controlled now - and I actually think the exercise might be helping. I wouldn't know the physiology behind it... but all I know is that I feel a whole lot better than I did before I started working out.

I had the realization of having to be proactive to lose this extra weight I'm lugging around with me, and I knew that the only way I was going to do it was to start exercising again because at this age, dieting alone doesn't cut it anymore. I had to start very slow, my first few sessions of cardio being only 5 minutes at a time... but with effort and determination, I'm now up to a solid 30 minutes of cardio four days a week.

In my own hectic life (we are all so BUSY!!), my exercise time is my "me time," where I only focus on me, my body and my well-being. I bit the bullet and joined a gym, which helped... and when I get in a really good workout and I meet all my goals I set for myself, I relax in the steam room or the sauna afterwards as a treat. It feels really good! Maybe you could consider something like that for yourself... take a brisk 15-minute walk, and then afterwards reward yourself with a nice, hot bath, complete with candles and maybe a glass of wine..?

Oh, and BTW Cathryn - I'm a legal assistant, and can I just say how much I admire court reporters? You guys put up with a lot of crap! :D

Take it easy on yourself... even if you just make one tiny change a week, all those tiny changes will add up to big changes over the long-term.

11-10-2006, 05:45 PM

I also have a lot of admiration for legal assistants. I see them work miracles all the time. You folks really have to know a lot, be extremely flexible, and also have to behave with great discretion in your jobs.

Yeah; I just have to make it happen. I took one step already which might be a bit controversial in these parts: I ended my gym membership. As you clearly understand, my work is very high-pressure. Our local gyms (we have two Bally branches) are really very good in lots of ways, but they're total sensory overload: constant TVs going on, loud music, noise, bright lights, etc. I never thought twice about this until this week when I started to think about why I was so resistant to exercise. What I want when I'm not working (or playing music; I play Celtic fiddle) is quiet. I like to walk, and I have an Air-Dyne (a kind of exercise bike which has movable arms). My husband suggested I start biking again and is fixing up my bike for me.

Today I woke up with the beginnings of a cold, always a disaster for us wheezer, so it's not the day to try out your excellent reward suggestion. I am just working at home on a pile of transcripts and swilling tincture of echinacea. I have had some very good results with this remedy if I get it started before the cold is really underway.

Thanks for responding!

The reward thing is a good idea.

11-13-2006, 02:19 PM
Cathryn - hope your cold did not get the best of you and that the echinacea worked. I take echinacea supplements from December thru March every year, so I can relate! Actually, I can relate with you on a lot of levels, it seems - I'm a musician as well as a legal assistant. We have much in common.

I can definitely see why you quit your gym membership. All that extraneous stuff can be extremely distracting, if not nerve-wracking! Thankfully, the gym I attend has no t.v.'s and barely even plays the radio, and so I can really get into my own little zone.

Hopefully your bike can be fixed up - that's terrific exercise, especially if it's got the arm thingees for cross-training. The more of your body that moves all at once, the better workout you'll get.

If you're looking to get some great motivation, there is an absolutely terrific bunch of ladies in the "Chicks Up for a Challenge" forum who are currently involved in the Thanksgiving Challenge (we have weekly chat threads). It's not too late to chime in with us... and we'll probably be starting a New Year's Challenge when this one is through. It's a very nurturing, supportive and motivated group of girls. Every victory - small or large - is celebrated. I hope you come check it out!

11-14-2006, 10:13 AM
Thanks for your kind reply, Rowdybliss.

Yes, the echinacea did it again! I work best with the tincture in some water four times a day. But I have to get at it the instant I suspect I'm coming down with one. With me, it's stuffiness and a certain heat in the back of the throat; I suspect others are different. Interesting that the echinacea-tinted water doesn't taste at all good to me unless I really need it. A tax-accountant friend of mine does exactly what you do, takes echinacea from the first of the year through the end of April, his busy season. It's worked for him for years.

Thanks for the invite to the thread. I will be checking it out. I'm on a very intense job this week where they want daily copy -- that means I try to make a record while not getting caught in crossfire, come home, and work a couple of hours on a transcript which I email. It's a little mad, but I deliberately overbooked this week; I'm taking my steno machine into the steno machine spa next week, and I can be productive by editing transcripts.

I used to attend a gym like the one you go to, and I miss it! (We moved, so I can't return.) Seems like a lot of us want to be in our own space when we exercise. I know someone who won't join a gym for exactly that reason. I understand where they're coming from. They want to create a high-energy, motivating atmosphere -- it's really quite a good gym -- which works for many. But for me, it's shudderworthy.

Something about myself I would like to widely announce is that please, take no offense if you don't hear from me for a few days. It is very common for me to disappear into a job like the one I'm doing now. And in those cases, the silence doesn't mean anything's wrong; in fact, I'm probably waiting until I have the time and energy to respond with a minimal amount of thoughtfulness.

I met my Thanksgiving challenge a little early, I'm happy to say! Maybe I can eke out another pound before then.

11-14-2006, 04:04 PM
Well I am excited this thread came back to life! Add me to the list of wheezers! I've been since childhood as mom would always tell me I had pneumonia as a baby, was on a vent for a week and have had problems ever since. One of my favorite stories to tell was that when I was young, I didn't want to tell my parents that I couldn't breathe, so I would just lay in bed late at night, wheezing and stroking my kitty cat, begging the cat to make me all better. Yep you guessed it, I was allergic to the cat! LOL!

I take Serevent and Flovent and carry around my Albuterol "just in case", and I was just saying on another thread that I'd been out of the serevent and flovent for a week or so and it is affecting my workout! Like it grips my chest and won't let go. So I've felt like I haven't been kicking it up like I should be. I got them refilled last night BTW.

I too, feel like I'm in good shape, can do my workout at the gym 90 min three times a week and still get short of breath going up steps!! I thought I was nuts! And I think it's all in my head but if I wake up in the middle of the night, I hit my inhaler and it helps me get back to sleep. Sometimes I hit it even if I don't feel short of breath, it just seems like a comfort thing. I remember once my doctor telling my parents he wondered if I was becomming "addicted" to my rescue inhaler. Who knows?

Also I used to panic if I thought for a minute that I lost my inhaler, or left it at home. Now, I have better control and can leave it at my bedside and not even worry about it. Nice to meet the rest of you though!

11-18-2006, 01:35 AM
Greetings NurseMichelle:

Asthma medication, it's a beautiful thing. I use QVar twice daily and have Albuterol for emergencies. The big job I was on turned out to be just awful. I usually have excellent luck with attorneys I work with, but not this time (sigh). They weren't what you'd call class acts, and they all hated each other. They had to call a judge twice because they couldn't settle minor points of procedure. I swear, I once saw two seven-year-olds resolve conflict better than these guys. Anyway, it was not fun. My point here is that I used my Albuterol during the last couple of days of the depo. I figured I was probably breathing too shallowly because it was so stressful, and that wasn't helping my objectivity. (When things get awful in depos, one goal of mine is to not hook into the drama and stay objective.) I haven't used Albuterol that way before, but I think it might have helped.

It makes so much sense that asthma meds give you comfort. Asthma is SCARY! Knowing that if you don't consciously kick-start your own breathing, you won't do is awful! Our meds keep us away from having to have that experience. If you're dependent -- well, no judgments here.

I adore my cats and I'm in complete and very well-entrenched denial about any possible effect they may have on my asthma.