My asthma journey started in June this year. Things are finally settling down some. I’m now on Breo Ellipta 200/25 once a day, xyzal 5 mg (but I am now taking 1/2) because I was soooo tired, and albuterol inhaler as needed every 4 hours. They found I was allergic to mold, dust mites and ragweed (which we don’t have in Oregon,yet, they said). I have an asthma doctor. I have yet to make it to one of her “I’ll see you in 6 months or I’ll see you in 6 weeks”. The longest I’ve gone is 4 weeks with a phone call in the middle to get prednisone.
So my last visit on friday went well. All is pretty stable. One of the things I told her was that exercise bothers my asthma and causes me to cough and have SOB. She said, even with the Breo? I said, well, I haven’t really tried it out with the Breo (I’ve been a little scared to try). So, last night my DH and I went Contra Dancing (its folk dancing in a line, not a square)- it’s steady movement, definitely exertion. I did okay for the first 2 sets. At the start of the third one I was coughing a lot, struggling to breathe, breathing fast and getting scared. I didn’t want to let my dance mates down, but then decided that collapsing on the dance floor would be worse, so I stepped out for a moment and used my rescue inhaler twice. Thank goodness that worked. I was able to rejoin.
Is this going to be the new norm for me (I was diagnosed with Moderate Persistent Asthma)? It was scary and now even a day later I’m anxious about it.
Thanks for your input and ideas!