You take my breath away

But probably in a day way…

So in the summer of 2020, my basement apartment flooded and I had a hard time breathing because I am allergic to mould and my whole room just smelled like mould. I went to my doctor and they gave me a puffer, which my landlord reimbursed me for immediately. Which was nice.

I’ve had that puffer ever since. I used it that summer, and then this winter the cold air just hit my lungs like never before! I was walking to the bus stop during the first really cold snap morning and by the time I got there (a 10 minute walk in snow) I was coughing and hacking and oh my goodness it hurt so much. I took my puffer, it relieved by airways and it was all good.

But lately, I’ve been feeling that restriction in my airways a bit more. And especially this last week. My puffer expired in September 2021, so almost a year ago, but two puffs and it used to be ok. Until a few weeks ago. I’ve needed a dose maybe once every 2-3 weeks lately. Except this week I’ve needed puffs at least 3 different days.

On Thursday, I had a student go home because of his severe asthma. Humidity was at 99%, it felt like breathing water, and our temp increase by 13 degrees over the actual temperature outside. I did two puffs at like 9:30 in the morning. Our health and safety officer saw me and asked if I was ok, and I nodded (because I was holding in the puff) and then said yes I just was coughing a lot. I took two puffs but it didn’t really offer that immediate release I was looking for. About an hour later my lungs started to relax a bit.

Last night, around 2am I woke up in a coughing fit. I did my normal things but nothing worked so I got my puffer. I did 3 puffs. That took about 10 minutes to kick in and then I was relaxed enough to go to sleep.

This morning, I got up and went to the walk in clinic. It was only open from 10am-12pm, so I got there at 9:15. I was 4th in line. I was in a waiting room before 10am and was seen very quickly. The doctor renewed my blue puffer, and then also gave me an orange one. He says if I need the blue one a lot, I need to see a specialist to get tested for asthma properly. I need to take the orange one twice a day, every day now. And the blue one just whenever I need it. It’s 2 puffs at a time, 4-6 hours apart. If it gets to me needing 6 puffs in one week, that’s when I need to be seen by the specialist.

So I might be developing asthma? LOL who knows!

I also got him to give me a referral to a gynegologist because I want to switch my birth control from a pill to an IUD or an implant lol but he said they will call me in a few months….so hopefully that happens sooner rather than later. My current pill I just started in Februrary so I have refills until next February, but still. I don’t really like how it’s affected my body in the few short months I’ve been on it. And I’d rather a more permanent type, and one I don’t have to remember to take every day lol.

Anyways, that was my Saturday morning! I got home and had been coughing a lot, and hard, since about 10am. I took one single puff of that new blue puffer and BAM instant relief. I love it.

5 thoughts on “You take my breath away

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  2. You can absolutely develop asthma as an adult! I did after moving to the UK. Now I have a pink inhaler to take twice a day like you and I almost never need my blue one. I only take it as a preventative before hikes/runs/horse riding lessons. This time of year is rough though, with the humidity and high pollen count… Loratadine has been a life-saver! 😂

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