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What did you do today IN SPITE of asthma??

Too many times I've let asthma bully me and push me around … but as I've gotten older, I've decided to put my foot down. 

Today, for instance, my sister helped me prune my overgrown azalea bushes — I hauled the limbs and branches away as she pruned. It helped that we did it in the rain — washed all that pollen away! I got my 5K steps in early today!

So what did YOU accomplish today despite asthma?

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  • Kathy P

    WTG on getting the azaleas trimmed!

    We went camping a few weeks ago – even though I knew that the campfire was probably going to be a bad idea! But I did OK and even hiked up some steep hills – and we were in the high desert at 2500ft elevation!

  • K8sMom2002

    Woohoo! Glad that it was a fun trip — although MY idea of roughing it is in an RV with an AC and a microwave oven — and a very comfy mattress!

    This morning when I walked the dog, she was frisky and wanted to jog — so I did — no asthma attack! (Okay, so it was 30 seconds of running, but it felt good and I didn't have to use my inhaler!)

  • Kathy P

    I love camping! It was great to totally unplug – we were off the grid, no cell service.

    Hey, even a 30 sec jog counts! You should a pic of you and your pooch to the !

  • K8sMom2002

    :LOL: Seeing me without makeup and in my old Polartec bedroom shoes (leather soled, so I can take them outside for a limited amount of travel) would have INDUCED asthma for some of our folks!

    However, ahem, I will get dolled up and take one for the team. First I have to have a spare few minutes to give the pooch a long overdue bath — why IS it that dogs hate baths? She's an indoor dog and she has dry skin, so we try to stretch out the time between The Tortures in the Tub as long as possible. But I think that sorta backfires on us, because it makes it more traumatic. On ALL of us.

    Late in the evening I managed to get a walk in with my walking friend — we walked nearly an hour! We haven't had a chance to walk in a while, and it was nice to catch up in person. She's a fast walker, so it's practically a jog for me.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, this was one that I did DEFINITELY in spite of asthma … DH mowed the grass this afternoon when I got back from grocery shopping, which meant he had to move my car out of the garage in order to get the mower out. (Don't ask … it's like a jigsaw puzzle, as our garage is supposed to be a two-car garage, but it's really made for two Matchbox size cars.)

    So … while it was clear, I thought it would be an excellent time to blow out the dust and dirt — we never got around to replacing the defective garage door when we moved in, so we have no garage door and lots of dust and dirt.  

    There I went, just a-blowin' all that dust out with my electric blower. I actually did fine and was preening a bit, planning to post how I blew out the garage today and that's how I #TackleAsthma.

    Only … well, you guessed it. A few minutes after I got done and back inside, my chest suddenly started feeling like I'd inhaled a whole bunch of feathers and I started the coughing and sputtering. 

    I was lucky, though … managed to do without my inhaler, which was a good thing as I had a migraine last night, and the inhaler almost always triggers migraines anyway. 

    Next time, I'll use a mask. Asthma won't get me!

  • Katie D

    Glad to hear you didn't need to manage with the inhaler.  We have a garage door and still manage to get a lot of dust and dirt in through the air vents!

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Katie D! Today my goal is to get back in the exercise habit … I could check that off with a dozen pushups (did 'em in bed before I got up — my tradeoff for hitting the snooze button!) and some crunches and a 30 second plank (also during my snooze time!) …

    Now if I can just make that a habit. Back when I was doing pushups daily, my lungs were so much happier!

  • K8sMom2002

    Woohoo! Saturday I did something I didn't think I could do — I hiked up a mountain! And DD went with me — or I went with her??

    Here's a pix of her at the summit of Crowders Mountain, NC — she looks fresh as a daisy, no? Me? I was a tad more wilted.

    What have you done in spite of asthma?

  • K8sMom2002

    I'm feeling a little under the weather today, so I thought I'd  this thread to remind myself that, if I put my mind to it, in small ways I can live life in spite of asthma and other health limitations. 

    What'd you do in spite of asthma today?

  • Pljohns

    I know the thread is old, but it's a good reminder that we CAN still do things-what did I do-got my black belt in Korean Karate and mastered 4 different weapons.  Can't do the karate now-just don't have the lung capacity for it-but I LOVED it when I was able to.

  • K8sMom2002

    PLJohns! Thanks for this thread — I'm going to think tonight of all the things I did today despite asthma and report back tomorrow!

  • Jen

    pljohns – Have you found something to take the place of karate?

  • Pljohns

    No-I generally go to the Y and walk 3-4 days a week or will ride the stationary bike but it's not the same.  I miss it but there is just no way around it.

  • Jen

    It is hard when you can't quite find as satisfying of a replacement.  That is great that you are going to the gym a few times a week.  While it may not provide quite the same release, it is still great for stress and your overall health.

  • Shea

    I went to my older brother's birthday hosted by my younger brother at his apartment, because my older brother has cats (My soon and I are severely allergic to cats). We both still got a little allergy, possibly from dander carried on my brother, his wife, and another owner, but its much better than going into a home with cats and dogs, AND I do not like missing family events due to allergies. I am glad that we schedule things keeping our allergies in mind. (I still wish my brother would find homes for his cats, he has allergies too, although not nearly as bad as mine, and he gets sick a lot, plus I'd rather not get allergic at all, my eyes were so itchy it was hard to drive home, and my asthma flared so I had to use extra rescue inhaler, and my son is up and coughing today). But, we made it through OK and it was really nice being with family.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, that is so great that your family was willing to meet you part way to help you avoid you and your kiddo's allergies/triggers! 

    PLJohns, bummer on the karate — it is hard to give up things. But it's good that you are still getting exercise — who knows, maybe one day you'll be able to pick it up again. 

    For me, getting in all my steps in is something that I've managed despite asthma. The pollen counts have been so high for weeks on end, and that just doesn't mix with my asthma, which can also be triggered by exercise. So I've been doing indoor "laps" first thing in the AM. I drive my DH nuts by pacing up and down the hall, but today I met my goal of 6K steps. I also have a stationary/exercise bike. I need to use it more — got to build up, I think. 

    My goal is eventually to get in 10K steps a day. Being able to walk inside means I can "excuse bust" my daily walk. And I'd like to try to get at least 10 minutes a day of cardio work in on my exercise bike. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, I managed to fix my dryer despite all the lint and dust that had collected! I now have a better working dryer with an improved vent duct, and a firm belief that the best exercise in the world is to lie down in the floor and get back up at least a hundred times a day.

  • Jen

    Let's hear some more of those success stories about accomplishing things in spite of asthma.  While you're at it, be sure to enter our .  

  • Payton's Mom

    Yesterday after we got back from the doctor, Payton begged me to let her go play outside and I was just sick of telling her no and to go relax. Plus after weeks of her not being allowed to do gym or recess or play outside because she has been in such a bad place, I felt bad for the kid. So I let the little bird free and she was biking and scooting all over the place. She even got a ride on her dad's motorcycle to the corner and back. She was in heaven. She survived. We came in and needed a neb treatment eventually, but lived to see another day 🙂 Sometimes, it's worth the risk.

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, yay! I'm so glad she was able to play!  What sort of pre-treatment plan do you guys have in place for exercise usually?

    I know my doctor has advised me to pre-treat before exercise … maybe that could be an option? Because being able to play and run around has got to boost the spirits of any kiddo!

  • Payton's Mom

    She needs 2 puffs of albuterol 15 min before any physical activities.

    It really did make her happier

  • Payton's Mom

    K8SMOM2002 I agree that random house maintainence tasks are the exercise that do the most. I mentioned spending Saturday cleaning out Payton's room, and I am still sore in the legs. Seriously, no workout ever hurt so bad . . . At least in this moment I can't imagine anything hurting so bad.

  • Jen

    payton's mom – I hope the soreness has eased up.  When I get like that, I find that stretching, massage and ibuprofen are my friends.

  • Pljohns

    So glad Peyton got to go play and did OK.  I can't imagine how tough it is on kids to not be able to play.  I agree-sometimes it's worth the risk and we know what to look for to mitigate that risk.

  • Kathy P

    Woo hoo for Payton getting to play!And kudos to her mom for knowing how to balance things to minimize possible fallout. 

  • K8sMom2002

    @Payton's Mom, too true on unexpected soreness from things you do around the house! I did a DIY repair job over the holiday, and I'm STILL sore! 

    So let's see … what have I done this weekend in spite of asthma? Well, okay, I grilled out! There have been times in my 'asthma career' that I wouldn't have been able to do that, especially with a cantankerous smokey grill. 

    I didn't get my exercise in this AM, but I did get the floors mopped — does that count??

  • K8sMom2002

    Over the weekend, I started work on installing my drip irrigation and timer set up for my tomato plants … the air was thick and heavy, but thanks to tips from @GigiGibson about controlling my breathing, I was able to hang in there! I still haven't finished, but I got the worst of it done.

    The good thing is that this will pay off in spades — I won't have to be out in the heat and humidity daily to water the plants!

  • GigiGibson

    Smart lady! We have some skinny cucumbers on the vine and a few cherry tomatoes. Peppers are blooming nice. Da boy is the Gardner this year so yay me I just look at them from driveway to door, lol. I do have some annuals in a couple pots that are doing nicely. That's about it, waiting for two nice plumbago plants and I'll be done. 

  • Jen

    @hockey9256 Tell us more about playing ice hockey while managing asthma.

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, if I were really smart, I would have remembered to buy a new hose for my irrigation system. I forgot it last Saturday as I was scrambling to try to get all the last minute things for DD's summer camp. 

    But last night about sundown I actually — wait for it — walked outside! It was so nice to see the sunset — very vivid pink that made me think of @Rfinchertaylor's beautiful artwork. 

    It was humid, but I kept my pace slow and I'd waited until the temperature had cooled off a bit. It's really nice to be able to take in nature while you're walking.

  • K8sMom2002

    I walked outside last night and probably shouldn't have, but I made it okay. I'd had some stress yesterday, but the walking helped. So maybe it warded off an asthma attack that stress could have induced? A friend of mine is always encouraging me to get my natural endorphins going … maybe she's onto something?

  • K8sMom2002

    So this weekend I braved some of the heat (I did this early AM or late evening when it was cooler) and worked on filling the knot holes and sanding my porch railing. I didn't use a power sander because it creates too much dust. 

    It's still not finished, so no porch pix yet, but it's getting closer to when I can share my pride and joy with y'all.

  • Jen

    What have you managed to accomplish lately in spite of asthma?  

  • Kathy P

    Last night, I cleaned under my bed! It might not sound like much, but it involved masking up and then letting everything settle before I could go back into the room! But the dust bunnies under there were getting mean! 

    What was your small win for the day?

  • Pljohns

    Way to go Kathy!  If I didn't have a robot vacuum that gets under my beds, I'd be too afraid to even look-wtih 3 dogs, the dust bunnies have legs!

  • Kathy P

    Yeah, there's "stuff" under there that would trip up a robot vac! And that's one of the reasons it tends to breed killer dust bunnies! But since I have a dust mite allergy….I have to evict them at least periodically In the summer, it's pollen and stuff too since we have a patio door right there that we keep open. All the stuff just blows in and under the bed! Yikes!