Saturday, July 24, 2010

What was I thinking?!: Dumb moves in AsthmaLand Part I

So I'm hormonal, which normally turns me into a mess asthma control wise. I pretty much spend the whole week waking up half way through the night taking some puffs of ventolin and sleeping til about 20-60 min before my morning symbicort dose is due. Then I spend most of the rest of the day with the ventolin every four hours (you could set a clock w/ my lungs). So this month I got my symbicort dose up as a trial, which has helped immensely. However, I was tired of being home this evening. So I decided a bike ride was in order. It was about 95F/35C outside, humid as all get out, still this warm at 6:45pm. I put on my technical top and bike shorts and headed out. I did pass go I did not collect two puffs of Ventolin into the lungs. Had a pleasant bike ride, went about 6.5 miles round trip. Along a small river tributary by my house that has a paved trail next to it. This also happens to be next to a road and I have to bike on the road for part of it(can you smell the exhaust??). When I got home I again passed go and did not collect 2 puffs of albuterol.
For those of you unfamiliar with the rules of AsthmaLand, this violates pretty many of them.  Which is why I'm now recovering from super tight chest and weird double dip peak flow phenomenon. It went down came up and went back down but now it's back up after evening symbicort dose. Oh my crazy lungs. To sum it up: hormones-bad, mugginess-bad, skipping pre/post medication-bad, symbicort-good.
This post topic will undoubtedly be an on going series as I misbehave on occasion and don't do what I should to keep the lungs happy.


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the times (yes, plural, unfortunately) when, after forgetting to premedicate until like 30 seconds before warmup in my karate class, I then participate at full exertion, and promptly have my lungs clamp up and spend a few minutes at the side nursing bad breathing. Fortunately, I only very rarely get post-exercise delayed flaring (only when I exercise outside in high pollen), so that's not a problem.

But yay that symbicort is helping you! Good luck.

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