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You know you have asthma when…..

This quote from @K8sMom2002:

You know you have asthma when you are hoping to hear from a friend her review on her newest neb … Forget car and electronics product reviews … we want that neb that's small, powerful and portable.

and this one from @GigiGibson:

Lol. Yep. You know u have asthma when you log in the refill meds on cvs weekly or more…

sparked a conversation about starting a thread like this.  I figured I'd get it going and that you could all chime in.  

How would you finish this statement?  You know you have asthma when _____.

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  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh! I'll play along!

    You know you have asthma when Valentine's Day, with its perfume and flowers, is NOT your favorite holiday! 

  • K8sMom2002

    You know you have asthma when, at the first cough, you think, "asthma attack? or just a cough?"

  • Mandy

    You know you have asthma when your pharmacist knows your voice at hello….

    You know you have asthma when you see your Respirologist more than your friends…

    You know you have asthma when you go out and reach into your bag and pull out an N95….

    Lol I could go on and on!

  • K8sMom2002

    , Mandy! I resemble some of those remarks! Our pharmacist not only recognizes my voice, but he can even remember our insurance plan on the fly.

  • Jen

    Lol I could go on and on!

    That's what this thread is for, Mandy. 

  • GigiGibson

    You strategically park at stores avoiding the staff smoking areas and to best avoid idling vehicle fumes.

  • GigiGibson

    You have already hit your out of pocket max for your prescription coverage. Lol. No Rx copay the rest of 2016!!!! Woo hoo!!!!

  • K8sMom2002
    GigiGibson posted:

    You strategically park at stores avoiding the staff smoking areas and to best avoid idling vehicle fumes.

    Oh, yeah, Gigi! My favorite parking spot at Kroger now takes me by a gathering spot for staff who smoke. Ugh! 

    And I don't know whether to say to no more out of pocket $$ or to go that you've maxed out before April. BTDT. I hope it was a SMALL OOP max. Have you seen the reminder for the ? Even if you can't watch it real time, registering means they will send you a link to the recording. Yo won't have to dig it up later. 

    Let's see … you know you have asthma when, on your first cough or sputter, your kiddo asks, "Do you need your inhaler?" 

  • Pljohns

    You know you have asthma when people start grabbing your hands when you have a coughing fit to see if your nails are blue

    AND I can beat the OOP max before April-Try out of pocket cap in Feb!  My meds are $2200/month-and that's if I don't get sick!

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, my goodness! Ugh on the OOP max … definitely check out that webinar about insurance!

    And I'm hoping that when your folks start inspecting your nails, they aren't blue that often!

  • Pljohns

    Not too often thank goodness but that's when you know what you have because they won't let you blow it off with a "I'll be fine"

  • K8sMom2002

    You know you have asthma when you skip right over the weather report on your phone and scroll down to the pollen count. 

    We've had days and days and days of high pollen alerts. 

  • Shea

    …your friends and family don't steer clear from you anymore when you have a wheeze or cough, but if they find out you had to get a steroid shot, thery avoid you like the plague

  • Mandy

    When according to those around that don't know you, you must have that cold going around…like everyday of the year…

  • GigiGibson

    People ask you " so how are your allergies in all this pollen ?" And you are like blank faced and just respond " you know, just taking my meds!" Because explaining the cascade and constant battle of asthma and allergies and how if pollen was your only issue life would be sweet is just too tiring.

  • Jen

    Mandy – So if people think you have a cold, do they look at you like you have the plague all the time?

  • K8sMom2002

    You know you have asthma when song lyrics and poems that say "you take my breath away" don't sound the least romantic.

  • K8sMom2002

    You know you have asthma when your (during high pollen days!) is a red alert kind of deal. Other folks can line dry clothes, but not your family!

  • K8sMom2002

    You know you have asthma when you see this, and you go, yep, sometimes that's a full day's work! BTDT!

  • Jen

    Shea – the only thing better than that would be iv caffeine.  I swear, there should be a way to have a child to parent energy transfusion. 

  • Shea

    I totally agree Jen! Or if I could discipline my son to put his energy toward helping more! Like, if I could to teach my energetic 5 year old how to mop the floor, and garden, maybe grow some awesome vegetables, ….but all he wants to do is dance around like a chicken and do Mario kung fu moves…. and it is not like I can fight him on it, because he has more energy!!!–plus he is just too cute running about having fun spending it for me to stop him! But I do try… the boy acts like I am asking the world of him just to get himself dressed in the morning

    But that reminds me that having energy alone does not solve the problems of the day, and it does give me a little pick-me-up/ pat-on-the-back moment knowing that I certainly do a lot for a woman with little energy… grocery shopping, cleaning, making meals, running errands, helping family, going to appointments, and teaching my little one. But if I also had the energy of my son… who knows what I could do?  

  • Pljohns

    I think I want both-the inhaler and the IV!  THEN I MIGHT get through the day.  

    Shea-just a suggestion because every child is different and I have never been one to give any type of parenting advise but when my boys were about the age yours is, I bought a small plastic square bucket with handles on both sides that they could handle.  I made it their dirty clothes bucket and they kept it in their room.  They were plenty big enough to bring it to the laundry room every morning after they dressed (their PJ's, and clothes from bath the night before were put in it).  I would wash the clothes and every night, they carried them back to their rooms and helped me put the clothes away.  It get them in the habit of seeing where the clothes went.  They are now 16 and 18 and REFUSE to let me replace the buckets and their jeans are so big now that one pair with nothing else will fill up the bucket!  

    For years now, they have done ALL of the laundry-they know how to sort it, start the washer and put them in the dryer and just as important, fold them and put theirs away-every night.  It is a HUGE help to me that I don't have laundry piling up and it doesn't wait on me to do it.  It was a big help to DH when I was in the hospital-one less thing he had to deal with.

    They change their own sheets and put them back on the beds too-and have for several years.  If nothing else, when they move out, they know how to do laundry and their wives will appreciate that.

    Sounds like your son is adorable-I miss those years!

  • K8sMom2002
    Jen posted:

     I swear, there should be a way to have a child to parent energy transfusion. 

    Once they hit teen years, it needs to go in reverse, because sometimes my DD is waaay too laid back and I'm waaaay too hyped up about a situation.

    Shea, I love that inhaler! 

    Here's an idea — how about making your son some dust-mop slippers so that he gets to boogie around the house and dust the floor at the same time? 

    has a blurb about them — not the most efficient manner of sweeping, but you could at least get something out of all those Kung Fu moves. 

    on what PLJohns suggested. My DD could sort clothes at age three — how I did it was I had a three-compartment hamper, and she started by adding "like" with "like."

    This would be a great new thread, by the way! How to get our kids and family to help us out!

  • Shea

    I like those creative ideas for helping around the house, and the idea of starting a thread of how to get kids/husbands/family to help out. Right now my son will help me vacuum the couch and he puts his clothes in the hamper… I sometimes have him help fold and put away clothes, which works for a few items but then he runs away lol. I have a chore board to help remind me to have him help around the house and themn I can look at it and say: "hey we did good this week!" .. or "oops I fed your fish this week BC I was too lazy to get you to….." Because it IS easier to do everything yourself in the short run, but in the long run…. Its better to train the house members! 

  • Laura Jeanne

    You know you have asthma when you recognize a fellow asthmatic when they do that special little cough…you know the one, mouth closed..cough cough. 

  • GigiGibson

    You cough in the office and it's like EF Hutton  spoke. "Are you ok?" Everyone says. They are so sweet. 

    Little persistent attack this morning. On neb number three but it feels promising. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, when I was younger, we could find our entire family in any store we were in by the sound of their coughs … even this past weekend, my DD heard a cough as we came up to my sister's door and recognized that it was her aunt in the backyard. 

    Gigi, hope that three's the charm!

  • Laura Jeanne

    My father and I have similar mouth closed coughs. Usually precedes strong, do I need my inhaler kind of cough? 

    One of my clients coughed similarly and all I said was, asthma? She said, yes. And we understood each other without another word  

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, that's a definite "you know you have asthma …" when that one word just speaks volumes. 

    You know you have asthma when you complain more about the weather than a farmer … it's too cold. Nope, now it's too warm. Nope, now it's too dry. Nope, now it's too wet. 

    I swear to goodness I'm a strictly subtropical variety — anything outside of a narrow range of temperature and humidity, and I wilt like a sullen orchid.

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Jen!  And here's another … You know you have asthma when your lungs predict the weather better than the local tv weather forecaster. 

  • Jen

    ….when you're at your daughter's lacrosse tournament and hear a mom asking her kid if she need to use her inhaler.  It's all you can do to not jump in and tell her that she should use her inhaler if she feels tight.  

  • K8sMom2002

    You know your kiddo has asthma when your standard goodbye is, "Got your inhaler? Yeah? Love you!"

  • Jen

    What are some good summertime "you know you have asthma when"…. things?

  • Pljohns

    You know you have asthma when you can't go near a pool because of suntan lotion smells and chlorine.

  • Shea

    You know you have asthma when people want to use you as a mold detector, or to find out if a building has good air quality. Lol… I am like… "cant you train a dog to detect these things?", and then, "nevermind I am allergic to dogs, I will just go and test it, lol"  

  • K8sMom2002

    Bummer on the chlorine and the suntan lotion, Lynn! Indoor pools for me are the worst because of the chlorine. Does suntan lotion at the beach bother you? 

    Shea, I'm not sure how I'd feel about being the canary in the coal mine! I don't think I'd like it.

  • Kathy P

    I hear ya Lynn! I have a hard time finding a sunscreen I can stand the scent of on myself!

    Sheesh Shea…the gal with asthma shouldn't be used as the canary in the coal mine!

  • Shea

    Lol I know, kathy!!! Haha,  I never did use myself as a tester, but it was a funny thought