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My latest Asthma Adventure(can’t find my previous post, sorry)

I ended up in the ER Sunday night and back Monday night. Had some sort of virus, mountain cedar allergies acting up and ended up back in ER Monday night after my inhaler and a neb treatment at home didn't work. I've been busy working extra required hours at work, my wife is ten weeks pregnant(YAY!) and been trying to help out loads around the house. I think between the extra hours at work (people sick all the time there as well but they have to be there, as I was required), wearing myself thin, it all just caught up to me. *Things were/are still looking up as Dulera and XOlair were approved and started. *

  I had a bad asthma attack that wouldn't go away (status asmaticus), systemic inflammatory response syndrome*Not wntirely sure what hta is, and acute respiratory failure with hypoxia. It's never been this bad before. But they say sometimes things get worse before they get better and hopeful that's what this is as before the virus I was feeling alright and before the extra hours at work…hadn't needed to use my rescue much at all. Was advised to put a leave of absence in at work.

  Doctor said she was amazed at my recovery and said I need to slow down and take it easy for awhile. Was advised by doctors and respiratory therapists maybe San Antonio isn't the best place for me to live. Kind of hard to just pick up and move however. It's all a little scary but some great stuff happening as well. Feel MUCH better, just have no energy reserves left. I will keep you all updated and read up on some of this stuff here. Catch up on the site with my down time. I wish everyone the best and look forward to catching up on stuff. Sorry for my absence from here, been so exhausted just doing the day to day stuff. 

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  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, gracious! Yikes on ending up in the ER! How are you feeling now? What sort of triggers do your doctors and RT think you should avoid by moving from San Antonio?

    Congrats on the new baby! I know you must be super excited!

  • IA-TXFisherman

    Well sounds like things here pollen wise are normally pretty bad, mountain cedar, more stuff I can't remember. The last few days in the hospital have been tiring. Just sounds like one of the worst places in Texas for asthma and hard to get a handle on it here. I guess the Texas Gulf coast is supposed to be much better. Weather conditions and stuff down there are more friendly I guess. A lot of it sounds like because something is always in season here. This time of year it's the cedar.

    Thanks for the congrats! My wife and I are very excited! Can't wait .

  • LK

    Congratulations on the new baby!!!    That's awesome!!  

    Sorry to hear you are in the hospital.  Glad to hear though that you are feeling a little bit better!  The day-to-day stuff has to take priority.  Perhaps before you contemplate a big move you could visit other places or at least talk with allergists/pulmonary doctors there and see what their patients deal with?

    Hope you are able to be released from the hospital soon and are able to get some rest to recover.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hoping for the best for you. Scary time you've been through. Be strong and carry on! Let us not forget that you will soon be a Daddy! 🍼 Congrats to you and your wife!!! 🎈🎈🎈

  • Shea

    Congrats to you and your wife on being pregnant! 

    But, bummer on the hospitalization–that is scary getting to the point nebs at home arent working .

    Ugh on sick people at work :/ Maybe you can get your doc to write you a note about how you shouldnt be around sick people at work– (no one should and the sick person should be sent home!!!) Work places actually save money by sending the sick worker hone so bacteria and viruses dont spread. Viruses and bacterias hit people with asthma and allergies exceptionally hard. Sometimes workplaces just need a reminder of that.

    And recovery can be challenging. Sure you might feel like a (slightly erratic) million bucks after getting a steroid iv or shot in the butt, and taper to take home– (my usual treatment along with increaded nebs), but then as the taper starts it gets tough and that energy level flip flops hard (at least for me it does)… And you have to adapt to less energy again. Ntm, the prednisone makes you MORE susceptible to infections along with fatigue as your body adjusts to javing to make its own cortisol again to cope with stress. So during the taper, keeping low stress and not around bacteria/viruses is important.

    On your own, you can do things like get a HEPA purifier for the bedroom or even the office (if you work in an office), which work to get irritants like allergens and if it has UV light like most do can kill bacteria and viruses, and/or if there are sick people at work you could wear an asthma mask– I have a few that I keep with me that are designee style ones for when I am out (Cambridge and vog mask are two companies you can order masks from on amazon). 

    Allergens are tough in Florida too– many year-round things– ragweed and mold… And people bring their dogs everywhere here.

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Shea posted:

    Congrats to you and your wife on being pregnant! 

    But, bummer on the hospitalization–that is scary getting to the point nebs at home arent working .

    Ugh on sick people at work :/ Maybe you can get your doc to write you a note about how you shouldnt be around sick people at work– (no one should and the sick person should be sent home!!!) Work places actually save money by sending the sick worker hone so bacteria and viruses dont spread. Viruses and bacterias hit people with asthma and allergies exceptionally hard. Sometimes workplaces just need a reminder of that.

    And recovery can be challenging. Sure you might feel like a (slightly erratic) million bucks after getting a steroid iv or shot in the butt, and taper to take home– (my usual treatment along with increaded nebs), but then as the taper starts it gets tough and that energy level flip flops hard (at least for me it does)… And you have to adapt to less energy again. Ntm, the prednisone makes you MORE susceptible to infections along with fatigue as your body adjusts to javing to make its own cortisol again to cope with stress. So during the taper, keeping low stress and not around bacteria/viruses is important.

    On your own, you can do things like get a HEPA purifier for the bedroom or even the office (if you work in an office), which work to get irritants like allergens and if it has UV light like most do can kill bacteria and viruses, and/or if there are sick people at work you could wear an asthma mask– I have a few that I keep with me that are designee style ones for when I am out (Cambridge and vog mask are two companies you can order masks from on amazon). 

    Allergens are tough in Florida too– many year-round things– ragweed and mold… And people bring their dogs everywhere here.

    Hey Shea. Yeah your right about the work thing. Companies make people come to work sick and then others get sick which leads to a larger portion of a sick workforce. Great idea of the masks and I never honestly thought about those. Since it's obvious things are setting me off kind of no matter where I am…the mask is a great idea. I will have to invest in one. I will check out the brands you mentioned later today.

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Shea posted:

    Congrats to you and your wife on being pregnant! 

    But, bummer on the hospitalization–that is scary getting to the point nebs at home arent working .

    Ugh on sick people at work :/ Maybe you can get your doc to write you a note about how you shouldnt be around sick people at work– (no one should and the sick person should be sent home!!!) Work places actually save money by sending the sick worker hone so bacteria and viruses dont spread. Viruses and bacterias hit people with asthma and allergies exceptionally hard. Sometimes workplaces just need a reminder of that.

    And recovery can be challenging. Sure you might feel like a (slightly erratic) million bucks after getting a steroid iv or shot in the butt, and taper to take home– (my usual treatment along with increaded nebs), but then as the taper starts it gets tough and that energy level flip flops hard (at least for me it does)… And you have to adapt to less energy again. Ntm, the prednisone makes you MORE susceptible to infections along with fatigue as your body adjusts to javing to make its own cortisol again to cope with stress. So during the taper, keeping low stress and not around bacteria/viruses is important.

    On your own, you can do things like get a HEPA purifier for the bedroom or even the office (if you work in an office), which work to get irritants like allergens and if it has UV light like most do can kill bacteria and viruses, and/or if there are sick people at work you could wear an asthma mask– I have a few that I keep with me that are designee style ones for when I am out (Cambridge and vog mask are two companies you can order masks from on amazon). 

    Allergens are tough in Florida too– many year-round things– ragweed and mold… And people bring their dogs everywhere here.

    And your right about it being scary the nebs didn't work at home and then they did the set of three at the hospital…then upped the dose and did it for I think they said continuous hour or so? I don't remember I was out of it a bit at that point. Just a lousy thing. I knew I wasn't well but figured I would get some neb treatments there and be okay again. Anyways, waking up off and on. But still no wheezing and feeling great to be able to breathe! Not fun waking up due to…side effects from what I assume to be the medicine at the ER. 

  • Shea

    I am so glad the wheezing is gone and you are able to breathe!!! (Breathing is really great, lol… I remember saying that to my family after attacks, and they give me a funny look– but people with asthma know!) Just getting a real breath on and out with ease is the best!!! 

    And yeah– the meds can kerp a person waking up. Hopefully your body will catch up on rest over the next few days– because– after breathing– sleeping is the best!

  • K8sMom2002

    IA-TXFisherman, ugh on the side effects … are you on a prednisone taper by any chance? So glad your lungs are better and breathing is better as well!

    I love Lisa's suggestion about chatting with allergists in the new area to hear their thoughts and to see if you like them. If you want to try to find an allergist in that area, you can use these two search engines …

    Quite a few allergists DON'T recommend moving to escape allergens, because they've seen patients develop allergies to new allergens in the new location. But if it were an air-quality matter — say, smog or pollution — that could be a different thing. 

    I love Shea's idea about masks and air purifiers. Maybe you could share AAFA's blog post, , with your employer?

  • IA-TXFisherman
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    IA-TXFisherman, ugh on the side effects … are you on a prednisone taper by any chance? So glad your lungs are better and breathing is better as well!

    I love Lisa's suggestion about chatting with allergists in the new area to hear their thoughts and to see if you like them. If you want to try to find an allergist in that area, you can use these two search engines …

    Quite a few allergists DON'T recommend moving to escape allergens, because they've seen patients develop allergies to new allergens in the new location. But if it were an air-quality matter — say, smog or pollution — that could be a different thing. 

    I love Shea's idea about masks and air purifiers. Maybe you could share AAFA's blog post, , with your employer?

    Hey K8SMOM2002. Yeah my allergy/asthma doctor never mentioned a move to escape them. I do currently see the allergy and asthma doctor and he's great. I don't think pollution is really a major issue here in SA most of the time if ever really. People at work really need to be more…aware when it comes to causing environmental triggers by spraying chemicals, cologne/perfume, using heavily scented lotion at work. I've had to leave a few times because of those things. I see the allergy asthma doctor again on the 26th for the next round of Xolair so will speak with him about all this then as well. Your right we can and do develop new allergies. There really is no escaping that wherever you go. The masks are a great idea. Tons of great ideas here . 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    IA-TXFisherman posted:
    you could wear an asthma mask– I have a few that I keep with me that are designee style ones for when I am out (Cambridge and vog mask are two companies you can order masks from on amazon). 

    Hey Shea. Yeah your right about the work thing. Companies make people come to work sick and then others get sick which leads to a larger portion of a sick workforce. Great idea of the masks and I never honestly thought about those. Since it's obvious things are setting me off kind of no matter where I am…the mask is a great idea. I will have to invest in one. I will check out the brands you mentioned later today.

    @IA-TXFisherman, Congratulations to you and your wife!! That's such wonderful news!

    Ugh on being in the hospital for two days!  But, I'm glad that the doctor thinks that you are recovering well–that's great news! I agree with Shea about the masks…I love mine!

    The vog mask has helped me many times since I started needing one in June. Unfortunately, I didn't get one until mid July, but ever since then, I've kept it in my purse…even when I'm hopping in and out of the car and I know that the air quality is yellow, I'll still put it on b/c my lungs won't have to breathe in the yucky air for even the 1 minute it takes me to get into the store. When I'm out and about, I usually wear it around my neck, so that I can easily remember to put it back on when it's time to go back outside. It's still not a habit yet…I have to remind myself some days.

    But, my point is that it works!  I know I've prevented asthma attacks by using the mask when I've needed it. I was able to go see a James Taylor/Eagles concert with my husband (tickets were expensive, so it was his 2017 xmas present and 2018 birthday present)…I didn't want to cancel on him and have him go by himself…but I knew I wouldn't be able to be outside in the heat and poor air quality…using the mask allowed me to be outside and not struggle to breathe.

    I'm surprised that the air quality isn't getting better during the winter..granted it's not as bad as it was during the summer…Since pollution occurs every day, I really shouldn't be surprised.  

    – Brenda

  • IA-TXFisherman
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    IA-TXFisherman, ugh on the side effects … are you on a prednisone taper by any chance? So glad your lungs are better and breathing is better as well!

    I love Lisa's suggestion about chatting with allergists in the new area to hear their thoughts and to see if you like them. If you want to try to find an allergist in that area, you can use these two search engines …

    Quite a few allergists DON'T recommend moving to escape allergens, because they've seen patients develop allergies to new allergens in the new location. But if it were an air-quality matter — say, smog or pollution — that could be a different thing. 

    I love Shea's idea about masks and air purifiers. Maybe you could share AAFA's blog post, , with your employer?

    Sorry I forgot to say I am on a prednisone taper. 3 20 mg tablets a day. Do you all recommend taking them all at once or spacing them throughout the day? I normally space them out to try and avoid some side effects. But I did notice the bottle said take them all AM this time.

  • LK

    Definitely ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to take your pred.  I was also told by my doctor and pharmacist to take them all in the morning.  It seems to help me sleep better just a tiny bit!  

  • Shea

    I take them all at once in the morning because I read that naturally our body makes a boost of cortisol in the morning but I also read that sometimes taking 3 times a day is better because prednisone releases alot at once unlike the more gradual production in the body, so it might have more constant levels that way. I just notice if I take it late oftentimes I have difficulty sleeping so I usually take mine early eith food. So…. its tough to say.

    Here is the study I looked at:

    Here is an excerpt about natural cortisol production:

    "Circadian rhythm of cortisol in 33 individuals with 20-minute cortisol profiling. Peak cortisol levels are reached at around 08:30 and nadir cortisol levels at around midnight. The peaks of cortisol at noon and around 18:00 represent meal-induced cortisol stimulation. (Reproduced with permission from The Endocrine Society and )."

     

  • IA-TXFisherman

    Thanks everyone, that makes sense. I did take the three prednisone AM today and I meet with the PCP tomorrow for follow up. That's some great information Shea, thanks so much! Y'all are right, I feel more relaxed and like I could sleep. Not that…weird yet yet awake sensation.

  • Melissa G

    Good luck with your PCP today! Let us know how it goes.

    How do you feel today? Did you sleep better last night?

  • IA-TXFisherman

    PCP appointment was alright, but this leave stuff is confusing and I didn't have all the correct forms for him to fill out. He went over the basics with me and I had some questions which he said the allergy/asthma doctor would be more qualified to answer and I see him on the 26th. The odd thing is Dr. Stahl (allergy and asthma doctor) hasn't really seen me at my worse as my worst attacks normally happen in the evening. I'm going to re-print everything out and take it to him so he can see whats going on and see what they said at the ER and when I was admitted. Sleep was broken and in small streaks last night. I came home today and slept after the PCP appointment. It sounds like I did everything I could and this kind of thing just happens sometimes. It's why I was put on Xolair as it's hard to manage for me without or frequent steroids. I'm confident soon the Xolair will take effect and start making a difference.

     In the meantime I just need to try and stay positive and believe in the process. Allergies and asthma are chronic conditions that can take a little while to get under control and I tell myself that's what's going on here. My wife is going with me to the next allergy and asthma appointment as well so that'll be nice to have her there.  Before the viral bronchitis (as they're calling it) I was actually feeling like I could breathe better at night and throughout the day and my rescue inhaler usage had dropped as I didn't need it as often.

  • Shea

    IA-TX, I think that is a great idea to bring your wife along to the appt (it is nice to have another set of eyes and ears and an advocate), and the print-out from the ER as well. 

    I think you mentioned a key component which is that your asthma is hard to manage without frequent steroids (which is not an acceptable long-term treatment strategy) and that things (like viruses you are exposed to at work) are especially harmful right now in your recovery. You need a little time for the xolair to kick in, and for you to get off the steroids without relapse, so that you can stabilize and then get back to work–and that is why the Leave recommendation is a good one- if you can get it–and your doctors should support that. In my opinion at least. 

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Shea posted:

    IA-TX, I think that is a great idea to bring your wife along to the appt (it is nice to have another set of eyes and ears and an advocate), and the print-out from the ER as well. 

    I think you mentioned a key component which is that your asthma is hard to manage without frequent steroids (which is not an acceptable long-term treatment strategy) and that things (like viruses you are exposed to at work) are especially harmful right now in your recovery. You need a little time for the xolair to kick in, and for you to get off the steroids without relapse, so that you can stabilize and then get back to work–and that is why the Leave recommendation is a good one- if you can get it–and your doctors should support that. In my opinion at least. 

    Yeah it is. I've researched and having to use steroids often can increase your risk for things like Cushing's syndrome. I really need to drop some weight as when I weighed in the 180-200 pound range things weren't as bad as well. I have lost some as at one point I was probably over 350. It's nearly impossible right now to do any prolonged exercise. The viral things are a big concern right now as steroids negatively effect your immune system with frequent use. By the way…how the heck do I calculate what my peak flow normal reading should be? they gave me one to use at the hospital. I've researched online for a peak flow calculator and haven't had much luck.

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Brenda Silvia-Torma posted:
    IA-TXFisherman posted:
    you could wear an asthma mask– I have a few that I keep with me that are designee style ones for when I am out (Cambridge and vog mask are two companies you can order masks from on amazon). 

    Hey Shea. Yeah your right about the work thing. Companies make people come to work sick and then others get sick which leads to a larger portion of a sick workforce. Great idea of the masks and I never honestly thought about those. Since it's obvious things are setting me off kind of no matter where I am…the mask is a great idea. I will have to invest in one. I will check out the brands you mentioned later today.

    @IA-TXFisherman, Congratulations to you and your wife!! That's such wonderful news!

    Ugh on being in the hospital for two days!  But, I'm glad that the doctor thinks that you are recovering well–that's great news! I agree with Shea about the masks…I love mine!

    The vog mask has helped me many times since I started needing one in June. Unfortunately, I didn't get one until mid July, but ever since then, I've kept it in my purse…even when I'm hopping in and out of the car and I know that the air quality is yellow, I'll still put it on b/c my lungs won't have to breathe in the yucky air for even the 1 minute it takes me to get into the store. When I'm out and about, I usually wear it around my neck, so that I can easily remember to put it back on when it's time to go back outside. It's still not a habit yet…I have to remind myself some days.

    But, my point is that it works!  I know I've prevented asthma attacks by using the mask when I've needed it. I was able to go see a James Taylor/Eagles concert with my husband (tickets were expensive, so it was his 2017 xmas present and 2018 birthday present)…I didn't want to cancel on him and have him go by himself…but I knew I wouldn't be able to be outside in the heat and poor air quality…using the mask allowed me to be outside and not struggle to breathe.

    I'm surprised that the air quality isn't getting better during the winter..granted it's not as bad as it was during the summer…Since pollution occurs every day, I really shouldn't be surprised.  

    – Brenda

    Thanks for the advice and thoughts Brenda. Sorry I missed this somehow. Sounds like the mask helped you out when needed and helped you to do some things you enjoyed and avoid triggers. That's great. I will look into getting one for sure ASAP. Your right about the winter air quality and how seemingly it should be better, however, it's not always the case. Winter is great for the environment and cleaning things up. *Example is looking into a frozen lake and seeing how winter time is the time lakes clear a lot of the pollutants and bad stuff from the water. I would imagine it essentially does the same with air quality, but maybe it doesn't. Cold and such is a big trigger in itself as well as winter being prime virus and illness time Seems like triggers abound for us no matter the season. (Btw, love The Eagles. I bet that was an amazing concert!*

  • Kathy P

    It's not just air pollution that can cause issues. The cold air itself can be a trigger for some. Until you get a mask, you can try loosely wrapping a scarf over your nose and mouth when you go out in the cold. 

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Kathy P posted:

    It's not just air pollution that can cause issues. The cold air itself can be a trigger for some. Until you get a mask, you can try loosely wrapping a scarf over your nose and mouth when you go out in the cold. 

    Very true, the cold air and weather changes in general are a trigger for me as well. Thanks for the tip. I do have a scarf to use in the mean time. 

  • Shea

    Yes– I am stuck on steroids for my chronic allergic disease called Churg-Strauss Syndrome– have been for 7 years now   It is really rare for people with this disease to get all the way off prednisone but I want to get down to 10mg (I am on 20mgs) and I definitely have the side effects of Cushings and Osteopenia and weight gain (I am 80lbs heavier than I was prior to being stuck on prednisone). So I really have been working hard the past 7 years and have had a few unsuccessful attempts at lowering below 20mgs but I am going to try again if my PFT next month is even close to normal (it hasn't been). But the  main thing I discovered is it doesnt matter how much I want to be off it—- it matters that I can breathe and have a decent day to day life MORE– and so prednisone has given me a lot and I am thankful for it (Churg-Strauss used to be much more fatal before prednisone with life expectancy less than 5 years especially when it was as bad as mine had gotten affecting the heart). I try to just do light low impact exercises because I do have joint pain and knee pain and asthma that gets worse with exercises plus allergies to so many things, so I find that I will regularly do exercises that I enjoy and dont bring me lots of pain– a lot of walking, some stretching, occasional dancing, playing with my son.

    I do not track my peak flow but if you put a new post about that– I know a lot of people on here do know a lot about it and they will see it better and chime in I am sure. 

    If I don't pop in before–have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Shea posted:

    Yes– I am stuck on steroids for my chronic allergic disease called Churg-Strauss Syndrome– have been for 7 years now   It is really rare for people with this disease to get all the way off prednisone but I want to get down to 10mg (I am on 20mgs) and I definitely have the side effects of Cushings and Osteopenia and weight gain (I am 80lbs heavier than I was prior to being stuck on prednisone). So I really have been working hard the past 7 years and have had a few unsuccessful attempts at lowering below 20mgs but I am going to try again if my PFT next month is even close to normal (it hasn't been). But the  main thing I discovered is it doesnt matter how much I want to be off it—- it matters that I can breathe and have a decent day to day life MORE– and so prednisone has given me a lot and I am thankful for it (Churg-Strauss used to be much more fatal before prednisone with life expectancy less than 5 years especially when it was as bad as mine had gotten affecting the heart). I try to just do light low impact exercises because I do have joint pain and knee pain and asthma that gets worse with exercises plus allergies to so many things, so I find that I will regularly do exercises that I enjoy and dont bring me lots of pain– a lot of walking, some stretching, occasional dancing, playing with my son.

    I do not track my peak flow but if you put a new post about that– I know a lot of people on here do know a lot about it and they will see it better and chime in I am sure. 

    If I don't pop in before–have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

    Merry late Christmas Shea! You and everyone else on here are an inspiration. You've been through a lot and keep fighting. I hope eventually you'll be able to wean down on the steroids as well but like you said what's most important is being able to breathe. I hope your and your families Christmas was a good one. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine went well. Took it easy and had good food. 

  • Shea

    Thanks IA-TX, and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

    We had a nice Christmas with the family, excellent in spirit, tough in body– and Im just recovering today in my body, resting in bed. 

    I am glad you had a good one!

  • K8sMom2002
    IA-TXFisherman posted:

    By the way…how the heck do I calculate what my peak flow normal reading should be? they gave me one to use at the hospital. I've researched online for a peak flow calculator and haven't had much luck.

    IA-TXFisherman, steroids are a double-edged sword, that's for sure. But sometimes they are necessary. It sounds like you're asking all the right questions, and I hope your appointment (it was today, right?) went well!

    You asked about figuring out your peak flow … here's what one member shared about . 

  • IA-TXFisherman
    K8sMom2002 posted:
    IA-TXFisherman posted:

    By the way…how the heck do I calculate what my peak flow normal reading should be? they gave me one to use at the hospital. I've researched online for a peak flow calculator and haven't had much luck.

    IA-TXFisherman, steroids are a double-edged sword, that's for sure. But sometimes they are necessary. It sounds like you're asking all the right questions, and I hope your appointment (it was today, right?) went well!

    You asked about figuring out your peak flow … here's what one member shared about . 

    Hey K8SMOM.  The appointment went well. The doctor is going to do my FMLA paper work. I discussed the peak flow meter with him and I gathered he doesn't have the greatest impression of it. Thanks for the link! I can utilize all the tools available . Doesn't hurt to use it. He said that the breathing tests they do in the office tell more of a story and help them guide things more I guess. I go back to work tomorrow which is exciting, yet nerve wrecking. I've been using my nebulizer more lately (haven't been using it enough. As evident by getting a breathing treatment there). I kind of confided to the nurse who does all the Xolair stuff I haven't breathed the best in so long…Sometimes I don't know what is considered good or bad. Lung function was back down. Sounds like it's normal after this kind of thing.

    I have been having pretty bad chest tightness and my body feels so heavy. To be honest, some nights I'm extremely anxious. The nebulizer treatment increase has helped. As you all know this can be stressful. My allergies and asthma went unchecked for so long (really mostly my fault) that I tell myself it's going to take awhile to get better.

    My energy is nonexistent currently and it's hard to do much. I've decided I'm going to eat better. Eat less. Hopefully lose some weight and hopefully gain enough energy to do some form of exercise. I'm really afraid to do much of that right now.

    Everyone around me seemingly thinks it's not a big deal sometimes I feel. I don't tell my wife, but sometimes I need help around the house. Cleaning. Etc etc. As things stand right now, it's a struggle. I know she's pregnant and energy is lacking big time for her… But I physically can't do the majority like I used to do as far as house work . My brother I talk to is sick of hearing about things. I understand. Sorry for the rant and rave and that I missed your reply until now. Thanks for checking in K8SMOM. Things will be okay, I just have to keep pushing through. 

    ..

     

  • Melissa G

    Very happy to hear that your appt went well! Yay! How was your first day back to work? Are you doing ok?

  • IA-TXFisherman
    Melissa G posted:

    Very happy to hear that your appt went well! Yay! How was your first day back to work? Are you doing ok?

    Thanks Melissa G! I'm actually getting ready to head in now. . I'm actually feeling quite better today. I will let you know how the day went when I get off after midnight . (Work the 3:30 PM-12 AM shift)

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    IA-TXFisherman posted:

    I have been having pretty bad chest tightness and my body feels so heavy. To be honest, some nights I'm extremely anxious. The nebulizer treatment increase has helped. As you all know this can be stressful. My allergies and asthma went unchecked for so long (really mostly my fault) that I tell myself it's going to take awhile to get better.

    My energy is nonexistent currently and it's hard to do much. I've decided I'm going to eat better. Eat less. Hopefully lose some weight and hopefully gain enough energy to do some form of exercise. I'm really afraid to do much of that right now.

    Everyone around me seemingly thinks it's not a big deal sometimes I feel. I don't tell my wife, but sometimes I need help around the house. Cleaning. Etc etc. As things stand right now, it's a struggle. I know she's pregnant and energy is lacking big time for her… But I physically can't do the majority like I used to do as far as house work . My brother I talk to is sick of hearing about things. I understand. Sorry for the rant and rave and that I missed your reply until now. Thanks for checking in K8SMOM. Things will be okay, I just have to keep pushing through. 

    Hi IA-TXFisherman, You never have to apologize for ranting…we get it! 

    Asthma is a big deal. Not being able to breathe is a big deal. I totally understand the anxiety aspect at night…when my chest is feeling heavy, it is hard to think of anything else.

    How is your energy now? Any better? 

    Brenda

  • K8sMom2002

    IA-TXFisherman, checking in to see if the FMLA was approved … and if you have been able to figure out how to get the housework done without giving yourself out. It's really hard when you don't feel the best, and other family members are not their best, either.

    My DH dreads it when we're ALL sick at the same time … that's when I say it's okay to break out the paper plates and use our easiest meal ideas. We triage the things that are the most important and work on getting those accomplished.