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Hi all, 

I was wondering if you all have any strategies for turning around a blue day or blue week? I’ve been feeling kind of low/yucky for the last week. I think it’s the culmination of off and on grumpy lungs, an intermittently grumbly tummy, body fatigue and med management fatigue (I’ve noticed my am med time keeps sliding backwards). I may have raided the chocolate today! 😛

thanks for your thoughts! Best em

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  • Melissa G

    Let's see, I do love me some chocolate, some days milk chocolate, some days white chocolate. Other days, I like to soak in the tub. When I am really having an off day, I like to watch "Pride and Prejudice" and eat some ice cream. 

  • LK

    Really blah days – Kleenex, chocolate, ice cream with chocolate syrup, chat with a good friend and sob on her shoulder long distance, more chocolate, more Kleenex etc.  

  • Shea

    Em– Im sorry the blues has been extra tough lately! I definitely gave those days/weeks. Some things I do:

    Starbucks iced vanilla latte, and walking the mall. It gets me out with burst of energy to get started, and its good to be out around others a bit. I look for anything that looks cool or inspiring that people have made and get sone exercise in. But also makes me reallllyyyy appreciate home when I return– having a sancuary away from triggers where I can just be confortable and relax… Sometimes I will make art or crafts when I get home based on things I liked when I was out or on things I think would be cool that werent there. I will draw sketches of a little store or business I want one day.

  • Msredme

    Hi I’m new here and feeling blue too. Feel like I’m on a hamster wheel. I love the outdoors and now I’m allergic to it? I feel like I’m in ****. Just started on allergy shots but I get sick and have to start over. Trying to stay positive but my quality of life sucks right now. Blue raspberry slushees and Redbox are keeping me somewhat sane. Getting out in the car to do anything is helpful when I can.

     

  • Melissa G

    Welcome to the AAFA forums Michelle! ! So glad that you found us. 

    Oohh, slushies, that sounds so good! 

    How long have had allergies/asthma?

  • LK

    Welcome Michelle!    

    I am sorry you are having such a rough time right now!    Glad you reached out to us here!  You will find wonderfully supportive and helpful folks on these forums.  

    Do you have allergies and asthma?  Are you on other medicines?

    I have adult onset severe asthma so I understand how suddenly life changes and how hard it is to get it figured out!

    Please let us know how you are doing!  

  • Amber Says Shine

    Welcome @Msredme! These forums are the best! I was having flare-ups left and right last year, wheezing and coughing all the time, difficulty sleeping, etc. I searched for an online community to get some support and found this lovely organization. Being able to share struggles and successes on here has been awesome! 

    @Emelina, for blue days/weeks, I will do what several others mentioned: chocolate, ice cream, cry with a friend, treat myself to a yummy coffee, hot baths, etc. I also love music, so depending on how deep the low mood goes, I'll either listen to upbeat stuff to pull myself out of it. Or, I will play something more sad and that just gets me in touch with my feelings. Sometimes it's good to cry it out, other times, I gotta shake it off. I'll also journal about what I'm grateful for. Lastly, I keep a list of hobbies or things I want to do/see to refer to when I feel super down. It's hard to think of things that are fun or interesting from that sad place, so I'll refer to my list and see if something on there might get me out of the funk. Keep taking good care of yourself, we've got your back 💜

  • Msredme

    Hi thank you for the replies! I was diagnosed about 3 years ago with asthma then found out it is allergy induced asthma. Finally found a good allergist and he is trying to help me! Pollen, molds and dust mites are My worst nightmare. Started on allergy shots but I keep getting sick. The presdizone makes me highly agitated and anxious so that’s fun. I already struggle with anxiety and depression so this diagnosis gets me down. I’m lucky I live with my Mother currently so I don’t have to worry about too many bills. Today I plan to do some crafts as this does give me some happiness. Thanks for listening.

  • Shea

    Hi Michelle! What kind of crafts are you doing?

    I love seeing people's crafts– so post a pic if you can! I make crafts with my 7 year old– they arent anything amazing but just fun. Recently, we have been making a foldable Harry Potter Hogwarts castle out of a cosmetics box, adding little lego figures. We are obsessed with Harry Potter right now.

  • ThatJackrabbit

    Hi folks,

    I'm new here as well and just wanted to mention how much this thread lifted my spirits. Its so great knowing that I’m not the only one who has low days (and who copes with copious amounts of chocolate haha )

    My current go-tos are: doodling in my sketchbook to help take my mind off of things, some good tunes (Fleetwood mac’s Rumors album is always a fav) and a caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks

  • Melissa G

    Welcome to the AAFA forums ThatJackRabbit! 

    Chocolate can pretty much help anything, right? 

    How long have you had asthma/allergies? Is there anything specific we can help you with?

  • ThatJackrabbit

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

    I’ve had allergies (mostly environmental) since birth but the asthma diagnosis is a bit new. I had been on an albuterol vaporizer as a kid but thought I had “grown out of it” until a recent summer cold put me in the ER and the doc said “so what are you taking for your asthma?” And I told her “nothing….” because no one had actually ever formally diagnosed me with asthma before! Most docs who had seen me for respiratory stuff had previously just chalked my breathing issues up to allergies or intermittent bronchitis. She quickly got me a rescue inhaler and some meds for the cold as well. 

    First time using the inhaler was a breath of fresh air—literally! Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever breathed as well or as easily before. 

    Overall it’s been a bit of a whirlwind….but I’m glad I found myself here and among friendly folks

  • StephM

    In the winter, I like puzzles.  Colorful puzzles, of pretty seasonal scenes or flower and so on. Pulling together stews in the slow cooker. Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps! I re-watched some old sit-coms a couple of times, too (Bewitched, Golden Girls).  I find doing something is sometimes more helpful than watching TV, though.

    I have "comfort books" that I turn to all year round.  There are a couple of series I've followed for years (Outlander is one) and then I also like certain brainless reads that are the "Lifetime movie" of novels.  Very relaxing, no stress.  I used to do more fiber arts but have shifted away from them.

    Meditative movement is generally helpful when I'm semi-consistent (tai chi, yoga, etc.)

  • LK

    Welcome StephM!    

    If you don't mind saying. what fiber arts did/do you do?  I have done some loom knitting and some crochet.

  • Breatheeasy

    In the past I’d bury myself in work or play something with DD and friends. Sometimes I call my best friend to talk. But if it’s bad I go to see my pulmo get the meds, vitamins and energy drinks. And rest. 

    I’m looking for natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory teas. Caffeine does not agree with me. 

  • Shea

    MrsRedMe those look fun! I love the colors, and– they're sharks!- which are awesome! 

    Breatheasy, yes I used to do that– just be busy with work and responsibilities that I would be more numb to the pain and dealing with the blues– I think it is great that you battle the problem head-on noe with nutrition and supplements as well as talking with your doctor. I think energy is half the battle, and finding things to do (that arent irritating to the asthma and are enjoyable and dont require too too much energy) is another part. I am not sure of any natural remedies–besides chocolate! And coffee is good for me for mornings and early afternoons but then it can keep me up, so Ive been trying to get in the habit of using beetroot powder in the afternoons but I keep forgetting about it! I gotta get back to it though because it has been working great for boosting energy naturally when I remember to drink it! What types of supplements, remedies, drinks have you found helpful thus far?

  • StephM

    Lisa-

    Some knitting, felting, spinning. I've never learned to crochet although many family members have.  I do a bit of very practical sewing now and then, too (hemming, repairing– not so much of the make fun things category!). What sorts of things do you crochet?

  • Melissa G

    Welcome to the forums StephM! 

    I like reading too! Especially books that don't take a lot of "brain" power. 

    Thatjackrabbit, did the dr put you on a controller inhaler? This is a , it has a lot of great information in it. 

  • LK

    Hi StephM,  I've crocheted shawls, hats, scarves, small snowmen and pumpkins for holiday decor and a few odds and ends.  I'm ever so slightly heard of felting but what is spinning? 

  • StephM

    Taking the fiber from the plant (or animal) and turning it into yarn by twisting it with the use of a tool (spinning wheel or drop spindle or supported spindle). Cotton, linen, hemp, wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere, etc.

    I enjoy shawls! Fashion statement *and* warmth, all in one.

    Thanks all for the welcome. Seems like a close-knit group!

  • LK

    Oh, my!  I should have known what spinning is!    How neat!!  Thank you StephM!  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    It is mind over matter! The attitude you choose can sometimes rule how you are feeling. 

    If you decide to lay around all day and do nothing….you are not exercising your body or your mind. If you decide to find good things in your day, those good things can rule how you are feeling! 

    Sure, we are all sick, so to speak. If we keep up a good attitude, things can be much better for us! 

    I am sure we all have the will to get up and go. Even if it's a little something! Plan on doing an activity that you enjoy- the next day. You can have something to look forward to! You can plan on cooking or baking something for the next day. You can gather the ingredients together, and be all ready to get into that kitchen! Not only will you feel good, you'll make others feel good as they eat what you made! It's a win~win situation! 

    Keep on smiling! I do~ every day! I always have a reason!

    😍🌞🌹

  • Shea

    StephM, close-knit group 😂

    I just recently started trying my hand at crochetting. I need to do another project soon. Ive been crochetting little monsters/ nintendo characters for my son– they aren't perfect lol… But he likes them. I have a book with the directions and had watched videos too. I hsve the basics kinda down. Im supposed to make all my christmas gifts this year so I need to start looking at other things to crochet that others in the family might like. Shawls and spinning sound awesome!

  • Melissa G
    Deborah Bartlett posted:

    It is mind over matter! The attitude you choose can sometimes rule how you are feeling. 

    If you decide to lay around all day and do nothing….you are not exercising your body or your mind. If you decide to find good things in your day, those good things can rule how you are feeling! 

    Sure, we are all sick, so to speak. If we keep up a good attitude, things can be much better for us! 

    I am sure we all have the will to get up and go. Even if it's a little something! Plan on doing an activity that you enjoy- the next day. You can have something to look forward to! You can plan on cooking or baking something for the next day. You can gather the ingredients together, and be all ready to get into that kitchen! Not only will you feel good, you'll make others feel good as they eat what you made! It's a win~win situation! 

    Keep on smiling! I do~ every day! I always have a reason!

    😍🌞🌹

    Yes!!! 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hi Croshea!!!

    Nice, relaxing pastime! Maybe you can make useful, beautiful things, such as scarves and potholders. Just think of all the colors there are to choose from! ☺

  • micheleann

    I'm new to the forum and pretty new to asthma. I was diagnosed not quite a year ago. I find asthma really scary, as I already suffer from anxiety and depression. I find this forum so helpful. I am feeling pretty anxious and down right now and woke up this morning with a cold. Getting sick with asthma is what scares me the most. 

  • Shea

    Hi Michelann, welcome to the forum! Oh no, on waking up with a cold! I agree asthma does make a person more anxious, and illness like colds are often made worse with asthma too. 

    I think getting in with a doctor and making a "sick plan" is a good idea, especially before the weekend comes up… It might help the anxiety too just having a plan in place. It might be extra inhaler or nebulizer use, it might be having prednisone and/or antibiotic scripts ready in case things worsen, and knowing when to use what to use when, and when to call the doctor or go into an ER. And you dont even have to wait until it gets real bad to make an appointment or to have a plan– that is one thing I had to learn over and over again my first year with asthma— there is no reason to let things get real bad and crawl in there half dead.. It is unneccessary suffering.

    I like written plans, and there are some online (if you dont have one, that is) but Im hoping one of the other members pops in with a link to the blank one that AAFA has. It took me a while to get one, and it gets tweaked now and again.

    I am a little different because my allergic asthma is part of a greater rare allergic disease called churg-strauss syndrome that affects other organs too besides the lungs and requires daily prednisone. I have had it for 7 years now. Just checking in here on this forum has been really helpful for me. Today I have been dealing with alot of fatigue and sinus/face/head pain. I just keep taking a lot of rest breaks. On the plus side my breathing is doing OK. 

    I hope your cold doesnt hit too hard! Do you have any home remedies that typically help?

     

  • micheleann

    Thank you so much for your reply. Last time I was sick, about 3 months ago, the doctor gave me a pack of steroids and it worked so quickly. I was also told to use my rescue if my chest was tight. Should have been a no brainer, but believe it or not, it never occured to me that I should use it when sick.  So I'm learning.

  • LK

    Welcome MicheleAnn!    

    Asthma can be quite scary especially when it is new and a little unknown.    You will find lots of support here and others who have gone through or are going through similar circumstances.  

    Shea has really good suggestions about contacting your doctor when you get sick or whenever you have a question or don't quite understand something.  I used to think I was "bothering" my doctors with all my questions but have learned over time that unless I call and ask he thinks I understand everything.  

    I've had adult-onset asthma for about 6 1/2 years and I completely understand how uncertain it can be when you are first diagnosed.  You will get a handle on this!

    Please call your doctor and let him know how you are doing.  Looking forward to hearing how you are!

  • K8sMom2002

     Welcome, MicheleAnn, StephM, MsRedMe, and ThatJackRabbit! Hugs on your asthma and breathing troubles, but so glad you found this great and uplifting community!

    Em, hugs, too, on the blue days … have any of the ideas people shared helped lift your spirits?

  • micheleann

    Thank you for your replies. I find it so helpful. My son has type one diabetes, diagnosed at age 12.  He is 18 now and is an inspiration to me with how well he accepted and manages his disease. I feel a little guilty for having trouble accepting my asthma. I never thought at 52 years old I would develop asthma.

     

  • LK

    I was 49 when I got severe asthma.  It is harder for me to accept because I had never heard of adult-onset asthma and although I knew people who have asthma none of them have severe asthma.  I kept thinking that mine shouldn't be this bad and it should go away with just a puff or two on my rescue inhaler.  

    Didn't really sink in until I found these forums and found other folks with severe persistent asthma who were also on several maintenance asthma medicines like I am.  Learned to keep asking my doctor when I did not understand and when I started getting sick so we could add or change some med or add a nebulizer treatment to keep me breathing well.

    One Blue Day Remedy that I use daily is coming to these forums and hearing how others manage and get through tough days and nights.  A Godsend.

  • LK
    micheleann posted:

    Thank you for your replies. I find it so helpful. My son has type one diabetes, diagnosed at age 12.  He is 18 now and is an inspiration to me with how well he accepted and manages his disease. I feel a little guilty for having trouble accepting my asthma. I never thought at 52 years old I would develop asthma.

     

    MicheleAnn,  I would bet that the majority of how well your son accepted and manages his diabetes has a lot to do with how you raised him and how well you helped him adapt.  As a mom, it is a little easier to help our children and others than to help ourselves.  When we help others we can usually see more of the "big picture" whereas when we are the ones afflicted we can get tunnel vision.  Our families are accustomed to us being the ones to look after them so they are not emotionally or mentally equipped at first to look after us and help us make sense of it all.

    That is why for me these forums and a few dear friends who also have severe asthma are priceless.  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I spent an hour outside. Was a bit tough on the breathing end of things. It is sunny. I filled up my bird baths and took a stroll around to check my plants. My chest was tight, but I managed to enjoy nature for a while!! I was very happy to be able to get outside for a while! 

  • Shea

    Micheleann, a lot of members here are adult-onset asthma too (I was 26 when diagnosed). I am glad you have your rescue inhaler and know to use it when you get tight in the chest.

    Your son sounds very inspiring to manage a tough and scary disease at a young age. Diseases can be managed and people do get better at managing them over time and with practice (and support in the family, with doctors, and in the community).

    But it is hard at times– for myself, it was hard realizing how much different triggers affected me, how to communicate that info to others, how to stand up for myself and my needs, and how to create a safe environment within my home. But, it was worth it because I had an improvement in my quality of life and have been able to care for myself and my son, who is 7 and a half now. When I start feeling sick I will often eat more garlic, gargle with salt water if it is a throat or cough thing. I also like to diffuse eucalyptus and tea tree oil, although only high quality oils because some of then can contain VOCs so you have to make sure it is OK for you before you use it too much. I carry my inhalers with me as well. I have albuterol and also an inhaled steroid inhaler (flovent). And yes of things get bad, prednisone helps me alot.

     

  • Deborah Bartlett
    micheleann posted:

    I'm new to the forum and pretty new to asthma. I was diagnosed not quite a year ago. I find asthma really scary, as I already suffer from anxiety and depression. I find this forum so helpful. I am feeling pretty anxious and down right now and woke up this morning with a cold. Getting sick with asthma is what scares me the most. 

    If you are concerned about having a cold, you could always give your doctor a call. Being proactive and taking care of something right away is a good practice! Hope you'll be feeling better soon! ☺

  • micheleann

    Ok , so I had some labwork done and my doctor called with the results. He said my absolute eosciniphils were slightly elevated along with a slightly elevated ige? He said everything else is normal. He didn't seem concerned.I looked up my results. The normal range for eosciniphils was up to 0.4. mine were 0.5. Should I be worried?

  • Shea

    Those are usually a sign of allergic inflammation. Have you seen an allergist and/or do you have any ideas of things you might be allergic to? Allergies can have some similar symptoms to colds, but knowing what the allergic triggers are helps you to avoid them. Chronic exposure to high levels of allergens can have a very negative impact on health and asthma. It is goid you have some numbers from labs to watch and kinda keep on file and then you can see how they change over time. If you dont have an allergist, you could talk to your primary care doctor about getting a referral to one since your labs are slightly high and you have these symptoms and you have asthma. It could help you manage it better by getting some quick and simple skin prick tests done.

  • micheleann

    I go to an allergy and asthma specialist. I had a lot of testing done. All came out negative. When I looked at my lab results, only the eosciniphils were elevated. All of the other results said normal. I have two small dogs. I live in Florida. I was tested for all the usual, dogs, cats, dust mites, pollen, etc. All were negative. I feel bad not answering the original question. For my blue day remedies I do crossword puzzles, games, spend time with my children (that helps the most).

  • K8sMom2002
    micheleann posted:

    Ok , so I had some labwork done and my doctor called with the results. He said my absolute eosciniphils were slightly elevated along with a slightly elevated ige? He said everything else is normal. He didn't seem concerned.I looked up my results. The normal range for eosciniphils was up to 0.4. mine were 0.5. Should I be worried?

    Micheleann, I moved this great question into its own new topic:  

    And I love your Blue Day Remedies!

    micheleann posted:

    For my blue day remedies I do crossword puzzles, games, spend time with my children (that helps the most).

    What other types of games do you like to play? And where do you find your crossword puzzles?

  • Shea

    Interesting, Micheleann… I am not sure what besides allergies could cause high eosinophils but you could ask the doctor. The only other thing I can think of is… What type of testing did you do? I have done blood test that came negative to things I knew I was allergic to once before and a subsequent skin prick test came back positive and I did look up that skin prick tests can be more accurate for certain things (I think it was sonething to do with blood tests only test for certain proteins whereas skin prick tests test more of the substance– Im not sure). Do you remember what kind of allergy test you had done? (Blood or skin prick?)

  • micheleann

    I had a scratch test and a skin prick test with the needles. I was only tested for 42 potential allergens. I'm not sure why they didn't test further.  When my son was tested as a child he was tested for almost 70 allergens. My ears will get itchy sometimes and also the roof of my mouth sometimes. I was tested for wheat. That was negative. I was not tested for gluten, which I would like to be. I'm very frustrated. It seems as though when the common allergens were negative, that was the end of my testing. I know I'm allergic to scents. Sorry, rambling now. I can't take flonase regularly anymore because it caused bleeding in my nose. Now I take it every other day for some relief. I am stuffed  up always. When I took it everyday it really worked. I could go on.

  • Shea

    Feel free to go on as much as youd like, it doesnt bother me at all… It helps me any time to hear what others experiences are, and to reflect on them, and then I have theories bubble up in my head– I think allergies and asthma are such puzzles. 

    My 7 year old has food and environmental allergies. He also has oral food syndrome– which is when he eats certain things like raw cucumbers or nananas, during ragweed season, their proteins cross-react with ragweed and during ragweed season, eating those foods causes my son to get itchy in his mouth. But they are not "true" food allergies because the reaction is localized and mild, and only occurs when ragweed is in season, and if the banana is cooked then it alters the protein enough so that it no longer cross-reacts with the ragweed pollen protein. 

    You could try the tests again and get more done, and/or also keep a simple diary where you write down how you arr feeling and what you ate and what activity you did…. Along with Possible triggers.

    Flonase works on eosinophils I remember reading. I cant do nasal sprays either. 

    It is great that you know perfumes bother you– I have heard of that for both allergic and nonallergic asthma. I think those chemicals they make to use it are lung irritants and that anyone who has inflammation in their lungs is going  to react some with it. 

  • micheleann

    Thank you! I am considering repeating the tests and hopefully adding more to test for. I am going to start to keep a diary to see if I can figure out what I'm allergic to or maybe sensitivities. I find your replies so helpful. Thank you so much.

  • Shea

    I think that sounds like a perfect plan, Micheleann. 

    Im still identifying and remembering triggers. This rain and humudity are definitely triggers for me– could be the molds are higher or the pressures are messing with me or the "thunderstorm asthma" I have read about which has something to do with the pollens in the air being higher and worse during thunderstorms. Either way, it seems my entire body is unhappy when it rains and I just have to be near my bed. 

  • micheleann

    Same here. When it rains, especially a thunderstorm triggers my allergies. Humidity affects me as well. When the air is heavy, I feel like I cannot breathe as well.