i've gone a long way since lugging a ventolin or symbicort inhaler, wherever i go, every day because of a vulnerability to asthma. sort of defeated this vulnerability by changing jobs with less stress in 2003, learning yoga breathing, and just not following doctor's advice, particularly in not taking inhalers every day for 'maintenance'. if there is such a bullshit word in asthma-related pharmaceuticals this is it - 'maintenance'. that in order not to get asthma, one must inhale ventolin, symbicort or any toxic drug every day. bullshit! doing so would only lower your immune system, weaken your lungs even more because normal functioning, normal inhaling, is replaced by artificial means - the inhaler. one of my good friends, Peddy Palomar, should know because his wife, an asthmatic who relied on inhalers all her life because of this 'maintenance' crap, suffered a stroke and was in a coma for two years before finally succumbing to it in 2004. 'maintenance' is just a promotional gimmick so that pharmaceutical companies could go on making and selling asthma inhalers.
but i did get to use symbicort today. for a reason that made me miss blogging yesterday.
got asthma in less than 2 hours staying in my friend's house for dinner. she had two cats, black and hairy which were actually very lovely, with round small faces. i'd know it by the breathing. it starts by becoming labored, then heavy then constricted. got to sally's house around 545 and by 7pm, i had to go out of the porch to get some fresh cat hair-free air. by 8pm, the nose started getting watery and by the time we prepared for the drive home at 930pm, i was already sneezing inside her car. at windelya close to 10pm, the sneezing fits were on, together with the heavy constricted breathing.
i was still hoping drinking hot water and sleeping would cure it. having removed the day's clothes and using new ones also.
but by 230am got awakened by the wheezing and until 6am, just couldn't sleep.
had to break the fast just after 6am to drink cortisol (to stay away from inhalers) but after staying 30min in bed, still hearing the wheezing, couldn't take it no longer. took the symbicort from the drawer and had my first dose in over a year.
hayyyyyy....what a relief! wheezing gone in 5 seconds.
but still it's just for today. i'm still not lugging symbicort inside my bag here in perth. but would be quite careful about cat hair...