When the doctor told me I had asthma a couple of weeks back, I was – to put it mildly – giddy with excitement (see last week’s post for a bit of background). I felt like I might be able to get a new lease of life, if you will. However, when I announced the news to family and friends, their reaction was unanimous. “Oh no, poor you!”
Which got me thinking along quite different lines…Are there things I can no longer do? Things I’m no longer ‘allowed’ to do? Can I still go on the rollercoasters at Tivoli? Foods I should avoid? Foods I should eat? If it’s windy, can I go outside?! Eek! I even caught myself sitting up in bed at 10.30pm one night last week, iPhone in hand, checking a website about whether it was safe for people with asthma to scubadive… For Pete’s sake, I don’t even like snorkelling or, for that matter, swimming in areas where it’s all dark on the seabed…scary! There’s no way you’d get me on a boat with a gas tank on my back, asthma or no asthma! 😉 [For the record, I closed down the browser at that point so, if you want to find out about scubadiving with asthma, you’ll have to go google.]
Two weeks into the (brown inhaler) medicine and I’m beginning to feel a difference. I run around at home a lot in the morning and I feel ‘lighter’ somehow. I used the blue inhaler a lot the first few days but don’t feel the need for it now unless I’m going out to run or on my bike. Or if I’m excited! 😉 Have had a few headaches (not a common thing for me) – no doubt a reaction to all the drugs sloshing around in my system – but they seem to have stopped again. And the good news? My sweetie friend C and I did a long run last Monday. I took a puff of my blue inhaler before we started, halfway through and again at the end. Guess what…we ran 6k! The longest distance I’ve ever run! 😀
This is my sweetie friend C. The beach is straight ahead.
So maybe a life with asthma is going to be okay after all? Check back with me next week to find out!
Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂