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Today I wore my mask because….

…the rental car we just picked up had an overpowering smell from whatever it was recently cleaned with. Within minutes, I could feel the asthma attack coming on. I took my inhaler, but that wasn't stopping it because the trigger was still blowing in my face. My mask was in the front of my bag, so I put it on. A couple good coughs later, I'm feeling much better!

Did you put your mask on today? What trigger were you trying to avoid? Add your mask selfie! 

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  • LK

    Good thinking to have your mask so handy, Kathy!

    I have taken to keeping my mask in my purse no matter where I am going.  Any time I have to walk on a sidewalk where there is traffic, I wear it since exhaust gets to me.  I also wear it at PT since other patients' perfume/cologne/hair products scents get to me.  Not sure I am brave enough to post pictures of me wearing my mask yet!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Take your time, Lisa! It's enough to have your words of encouragement about how much masks can help!

  • Shea

    I didnt have my mask with me today at walmart (i recently washed it and didnt put it back in my purse) but i wish i would have because a lady with a dog (which of course I am severely allergic to and is a huge asthma trigger as well) in walmart was following me (seemed to be at least– I kept trying to get away from her and BAM there she was again and again– she even checked out in the line next to me!!!) My skin was itching but the mask wouldve helped my breathing at least– I got dizzy and wheezy– and I swear it was not a therapy dog either but I just wanted to get outta there abd my complaints have fallen on deaf ears in the past…. Makes me so mad I cant go anywhere– but I just HAVE to remember my mask next time!!!

  • Pljohns

    Shea-UGH-how awful!  People have no concept of how much their pets affect others that may be seriously allergic.  I’ve learned to keep my mask in my purse so I have it if I need it.  Hope you are feeling better by now

  • LK

    Oh, Shea!!  That's horrible!  Hope you don't have any more reactions from that encounter!

  • Melissa G

    Shea, that is terrible! Why in the world would anyone take there dog in Wal-mart?! How are you feeling now Shea?

  • Shea

    Thank you all. It is nice to have some compassion on here. I am still plagued by heavy fatigue, puffy eyes, rash, and headache. I so want to have energy– everyrhing is a struggle and I just want to cry right now. But– Im not giving into it– I just need another coffee.. And for my blood to move around.. Its do humid and all the lawn people are outside so im going to do some indoor warm ups to get my blood flowing… I think i will get tommy into it and start with our PE stretches and see if we can put in some marches… But first i have to crawl outta bed again and try another cup of coffee because the first one did nothing for me.

  • LK

    Oh, Shea,    Sounds like it is a very rough morning!!  Hope your second cup of coffee helps!  And moving around!

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs on the lady with the dog and the struggles of the morning! I'm with Lynn … I hope that second cup of coffee helps. And I love the meme!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Last night I wore it on my way to and from grad class…AQ was moderate/USG, and I had no problems. I'm getting more comfortable wearing it in public–even had a few conversations with people…including one with a young woman who graciously helped me to get back up after I tripped over my own feet …Landed on both knees and hands. Thankfully I only had a bruised ego, skinned knee and ripped jeans. As the student said, "Now the jeans are in fashion!"

    I'm still a little nervous about what people think when they see me, but I'm getting more confident…Here's a picture of me walking to class–before I fell. 

  • Melissa G

    Ouch Brenda! How are your knees and elbows today? And she is right, your jeans are now in fashion…

    I love the pattern on your mask! You look great! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Thanks Melissa!! Knees and elbows are surprising pain free–put a couple of band aids on my knee and I was good to go.

    I thought for sure I broke something because I landed so hard..I would hate to have to started the new school year with two broken wrists! (That's what I was envisioning in my head as I was getting back up). I actually was grateful to have the mask on so no one knew who I was or could see the grimace on my face.

  • LK

    Awesome look in your mask, Brenda!    Glad to hear that you are okay after your fall!  Your sense of humor is intact, that is good!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Brenda, SO glad your knees are no worse for the wear AND that you now have fashionably "distressed" jeans without the premium price. I swear, I refuse to have to pay MORE for ripped jeans for DD than perfectly good jeans. 

    I really like the pattern of the mask! How easy is it to talk through the mask? Can people understand you?