It has been awhile since I stopped by. Along with summertime activities, my extended family has experienced some very serious medical issues. My aunt, at age 76, almost died a few months ago; she's home now but, if she does not step up to the plate and begin to properly take care of herself, her health will become critical yet again.
Hearing this from my cousin, that many of my aunt's choices or refusal to make a choice, which in effect, is a choice, led to her being critically ill. This was not something that happened in a short amount of time, but rather, a process over years of not properly attending to her health in a more proactive way.
Thus, the title of my post, Taking Control of My Asthma Before it takes Control of Me, Again.
It wasn't until about 5 years, maybe less that I was diagnosed with asthma. Last October I began allergy shots and seeing an asthma doctor; my PCP is very knowledgeable about asthma and really worked hard with me to get things under control, but it just didn't happen.
I have improved with the new regimen and meds set up by the asthma doctor, but I'm not where I want to be. My family and I have made many lifestyle changes such as no perfumes, frequent bathing of pets, lots and lots of cleaning, changing filters, etc.
However, at almost 56, birthday next month, my physical health is the worst I can ever remember it being. Partly from the allergy/asthma issue; partly by neglecting my self care. I guess I should mention serious depression on top of it all.
I Want to Be Healthier! I stand 5/6 and I weigh 238. I have not even tried to maintain any semblance of an exercise program since 2014; the asthma doctor said I will need to start slow, really slow. Like walking up the steps until I begin to feel winded, then stop. Folks, that's about 3/4's of the way up, on the first trip! (Can't go outside because of pollens here).
My diet is such that I am borderline at being put on meds for chloresterol. I don't want yet another med; my goal is to reduce my meds. Generally, it's not about overeating for me but the choices I make. My excuse is that because of my allergies, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome, which reduces, significantly what foods I can eat without a reaction, hives & a nasty headache (and really really grumpy). Those limited food choices are within the fruit and vegetable categories. Add into the mix there are some choices in those categories that are not going past these lips, and there's not a whole lot left.
So, before I end up in the hospital some day by sheer neglect of my own health, I thought I would 1) write it out here to get it off my mind & 2) ask how others in this community how they have maintained or even improved their health while living with asthma? 3) if it was slow going, how did you keep your eye on the prize and not get discouraged?
Enough about me. It's coming up on Fall. The main irritants in this area, ragweed, grasses and chenopods are just about in full force. ACHOO, achoo!