Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm Blue, Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die

Okay, so you probably haven't heard that Eiffel 65 song in like 10 years. And no I'm not desatting and actually blue. I'm just seeing a lot of my (blue) ventolin in the last 3-4 days. I've been super tight like somebody is taking a vice grip around my lungs and squeezing. Two puffs of ventolin and it's good for 4-6 hours. We aren't in full blown flare mode by any stretch of the imagination. I'm just tight and short of breath. The nasty gross cough has not shown up yet. I also have not taking on exclusive mouth breathing. On the upside the allergist will get a chance to see myself in semi-wheezy mode. I can also mention to him the whole flare while on the rag thing and the fact that I've made it through an entire rescue inhaler since June.  Hopefully he will find a better cocktail for me than the current symbicort/allegra regime which keeps me not miserable but could certainly be improved.
I'm also currently considering getting myself a digital peak flow meter because a) I'm a nerd. b) it would be smaller c) FEV1 might be interesting to track. I'm thinking a microlife digital meter because it seems to have better reviews in general and I got a more definitive response from them about the latex content. I definitely love my truzone meter and it has served me faithfully I'm just horrible about using it on the go when I feel SOB. Which is weird since I have no problems with using my spacer+inhaler in public. I guess I'm a little self conscious about the noise it makes. Although I did use it tonight on the train because I just couldn't for the life of me tell if I was getting tight or if my bra was just doing something wierd. For the record I was getting tight (450, 75%). I have more musings on my asthma gear and such but I shall save those for another day. Adieu


Anonymous said...

Ha, I love this post!
First of all on the digital peak flow meter - yep, I'm a nerd too, and yes, it's smaller, and also I like to track FEV1. I got mine in March and the only thing I regret is that I didn't have it earlier, especially to compare against where I was at the beginning of the year... ah well.

Oh, and I'm so impressed you use your spacer in public. And so amused you weren't sure if it was your lungs or your bra at fault!

Totally brightened up my morning cappucino :)

Kat said...

Thanks for the opinion about going digital! I decided to go for it and order one.

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