Sonya, these parts of the article really hit home with me:
"I explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn't have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted."
"I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day's plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom."
So very, very true. Thank you for sharing this with us.
May you and others on this board never run out of spoons.
There are several asthma inhalers that come in a dry powder form. The most common are Asmanex, Advair, and Foradil, although there may be others.
A dry powder inhaler may deposit powder on your vocal cords, causing hoarseness and coughing. This can happen even if you are very good about rinsing your mouth after using your inhaler.
If you are taking a dry powder inhaler and experience hoarseness and/or coughing, discuss it with your asthma doctor and ask whether you could try a similar type of inhaler that is not dry powder. The link above from one of the professional allergists' associations lists different types of asthma inhalers.
Also, it's important to know that some of these dry powder inhalers (e.g., Asmanex, Foradil) contain lactose, a milk product, so if you or your child are allergic to milk, you should avoid those.View Thread
Here are a few informative sites about saline sinus rinses. You can guy a kit at the drugstore for about $12, or you can make your own (one of the sites has a recipe). These are cheap, easy, and IMO excellent for relieving congestion -- drug free!View Thread
This is a brief but wonderful introduction to learning about asthma -- symptoms, medications, and examples of what to do when you have an attack. When I was an asthma newbie I found this link to be very helpful, especially when I was worried about what to do. I love how the authors walk you through examples of the different ways that asthma attacks can occur and the different causes of asthma attacks, and what to do in particular situations. It's practical information that I haven't found anywhere else on the web or in print.
I hope that the link helps you, too. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread