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Silver lining to asthma?

This might sound like a crazy question, but have you guys discovered any silver linings to asthma that carry you through the tough days? When you’re in the middle of a flare or struggling with break through symptoms or pred weaning, it can be hard to avoid getting discouraged and down. 

For me, two silver linings have been removing me from an unsustainable  working environment and reminding me of the importance of family. 

Thanks for reading, Em

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  • dory2005

    Yes! Love this, Em! I've become an advocate for myself, and I don't just do something if I know that it might trigger a flare. I'm learning to say NO to things that I just physically cannot do. I'm working on the not feeling guilty part of it, but I'm getting there!  Also, I can't tell you how much more I appreciate my family as a result. Great thread, Em! 

  • LK

    What a great topic Em!  I second everything that Dory just said!  

  • Shea

    I am really happy that I get to stay home from work, and just focus on the day to day tasks of grocery shopping, making healthy allergy-free meals for Tommy and I, taking care of the home, being a learning-coach for Tommy for virtual school, and visiting my parents on the weekends. I am always busy and the thought of working full-time on top if all I do– even if I was completely healthy– just seems to throw off balance. 

    I am happy that I was able to see some people's true nature and get away from them before they sucked all the life from me like parasitic worms. 

  • Amber Says Shine

    I have learned attunement to myself and my needs FIRST, from simple resting to sprinting to urgent care. Self-advocacy in a healthcare system that all too often dismisses women. Also, to be gentle with myself and others, we are each struggling with something, let's connect there and walk each other home. 

  • ThatJackrabbit

    Definitely agree! Having asthma has taught me a LOT about being my own advocate….something I didn’t used to do very often!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Yes. And be proactive. Learn the best way to manage your symptoms! Stick to your treatment schedule! When you do, you'll find that you are likely to have a few less unpleasant surprises! 

  • Wheezy Me

    Good topic!

    *I appreciate breathing better

    *I learned to respect my limits but not to give up

    *I tried new forms of exercise when walking outside got harder to manage

    *I became more aware of the environment and air pollution, and try to minimize it in my everyday life

    *I found a wonderful pulmonologist

    *I found this forum

     

  • Pljohns

    Sort of still looking for that silver lining-

    * family doesn't get it

    *work doesn't get it

    *still way too much to do

    *still not enough time for me

    *I guess I have learned to do some education when it's possible on asthna

  • Wheezy Me
    Pljohns posted:

    Sort of still looking for that silver lining-

    * family doesn't get it

    *work doesn't get it

    *still way too much to do

    *still not enough time for me

    *I guess I have learned to do some education when it's possible on asthna

    Nobody ever gets it if they don't know it closely… but we do! We're so lucky to have each other!😊

  • Deborah Bartlett

    My DH hasn't got a clue. We're the only people that get it. We are very lucky to have each other. Otherwise, we'd be lost.  😲😵😟

  • Vickie314

    I'm lucky. My mom was an asthmatic child and my new boss raised an asthmatic son who spent many nights in the ER. This has made it much easier at work.  She explained everything to my coworker who didn't get it which has also made things more relaxed between us. Plus management is working on a fragrance policy. I'm not the only one who has problems but recently I had a very bad asthma attack and they had to call the paramedics and transport me to the hospital. I got their attention. My triggers are strong fragrances and chemicals. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hello Vickie. Sorry that you had to go through that. I have a huge problem with fragrance and chemical as well. Very bad triggers for me. 

    Debbie 😁