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the third week of September is known as the September Asthma Epidemic or Asthma Peak Week! 

And guess what today is….the start of the third week in September! You can check out the blog post: 

What time of year do you typically struggle with your asthma? 

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  • Deborah Bartlett

    I KNOW!!!! I was thinking of this earlier. My throat is itchy and I am coughing alot today. My chest felt tight about half an hour ago, so I used my Pro Air. Everyone take precautions and be sure your meds are up to date and refilled. If you aren't sure about anything then call your doctor. You really don't want to end up in the emergency room. 🚑  

    I am making sure to keep hydrated. Be sure and eat a healthy diet. I for one won't be opening my windows because of mold and other dangerous particles out there.

    Have a great Monday all!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    I mentioned to someone just yesterday that this week coming up was peak week…With all of the flooding from Hurricane Florence, I imagine there could be an increase in asthma attacks for a few weeks to come. 

  • Melissa G

    Deborah, I hope you are starting to feel some better today! 

    Brenda, how have you been feeling?

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Thank you Melissa. I am feeling okay today. I just put some mini scarecrows on my deck and hung the Happy Harvest pumpkin sign on the front door. It's official….Summer is on its way out.

    How are you doing so far today?

  • Melissa G

    Good for you! I need to put up our fall decorations, it is hard to do when the air conditioning is still running….

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Melissa, thanks for checking in on me.  

    Well, it happened…I have bronchitis again (2nd time in three months). And, it happened during this third week of September (Ack!)

    I went to see my primary care provider this morning and the Nurse Practitioner told me to:

    • Take Robitussin
    • Take Zyrtec
    • Take my ProAir every 4-6 hours for a few days

    She gave me a prescription for oral steroids, in case I don't feel better by Friday. She said that with viral infections, it's usually day 4 or 5 that is more difficult and then it tends to get better after that. So, I have my game plan for the next week or so. The Robitussin is already helping, but I was surprised about my reaction to the ProAir…I expected to be a little jittery (my hands were shaky), but I had forgotten how exhausted I felt after taking it. I want to take a nap!  

    I feel better now that I've had some lunch. I have to get my flu shot ASAP…but I can't until I feel better. Sigh. 

  • LK

    Oh, Brenda!    Hope you are feeling better soon!  I have a similar reaction to the Pro-Air.  I feel so tired I just want to close my eyes.  I have been wondering if it is because I have been working so hard to get a breath (whether I realize it or not) that when I can finally breathe again my body lets me know how tired it is from working so hard to breathe.  Don't know if there are any medical facts in there but was just wondering!

  • K8sMom2002

    Brenda, gentle hugs — bronchitis is no fun! 

    I think Lisa could be right, at least in part. After a stressful situation, I am exhausted, and one of the most stressful to me is when I can't breathe.

    But ProAir (albuterol) is a bit like the body's own adrenaline. That's why my hands shook and I could get jittery when I first started using an inhaler (and still do when I'm given a neb in a doctor's office or ER.) So maybe it's like adrenaline — when the adrenaline is gone after a stressful situation, my body is a limp dishrag!

    Still, if it keeps on happening and you find that it's consistent, could you talk to your pharmacist and doctor? 

    And feel better very soon!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Thanks everybody!! 

    Cynthia and Lisa, I think both of your explanations make a lot of sense…I haven't had to take the albuterol in a really long time (since the end of July, maybe?), so perhaps it was that first dose. I've taken it multiple times since yesterday morning and I haven't had the shakes or the extreme sleepies…so that's definitely a good thing! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    I had the shakes again this morning after taking the ProAir and also have noted that I've been rather emotional the last two days (and teary)…I followed up via patient portal with my doctor to see what her thoughts are on that and if I should keep up the same routine (albuterol and robittusin every 4-6 hours) for the weekend.

    Anyone else experience being emotional when taking lots of abuterol?

  • LK

    Brenda,  Glad you sent your doctor a message concerning how you are doing.  I haven't gotten emotional from the albuterol but for me sometimes just the stress of everything else that is going on plus the problems that are requiring me to use the albuterol are enough to make me emotional.  Hope your doctor gets back to you soon!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Brenda, it's sure hard to figure out what's causing the emotion. Like Lisa, sometimes the stress of being hit in the head (or lungs) again with another bad flare or another bad case of pneumonia or bronchitis can just make feel super stressed.

    Plus being sick in and of itself is tough. I think it's harder for us ladies because we feel like we can't NOT do things. When my DH has a cold, off to bed he goes. Not so with me … or at least if I do it, it's at mine and my family's own peril! 

    I hope you're getting the rest you need … it really WILL make getting better happen more quickly.

  • Melissa G

    Brenda I am so sorry you are not feeling any better and now this. Did the dr give you anything for the bronchitis besides having you take your inhalers?

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi guys, For the weekend, my allergist told me to only take the ProAir if I need it (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath) and to back off on the tussin too (as that can impact mood as well). By Friday afternoon, I was feeling much less overwhelmed and tearful.

    I slept a lot this weekend–took a 2-hour long nap on Saturday afternoon and felt so much better. I haven't had any breathing problems, but my sinuses have started hurting. Hoping that it's not turning into a sinus infection. My cough is still pretty bad. Emailed my doctor again today and am awaiting her response. I'm hoping that she will tell me to come in for an appt tomorrow. 

    I'll keep you posted. Thanks for checking in on me!  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hi Brenda!  I hope you are feeling a bit better as I write this. My sinuses were plugged up this morning and I felt a bit dehydrated. Lots of fluids are helping. Still a little stuffy. Think it's this weather. I am glad the nap helped. Amazing how a nap can work wonders!

    I have a turkey meatloaf in the oven. Making some roasted potato wedges later on. Will serve with green peas and cranberry sauce.

    Everyone….please have a great day!!!!! 😀

    Debbie