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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fighting Asthma

the cold temperature inside the shop at IGA-Winthrop must have done me in, including the low resistance from the lack of sleep and a nasty run of colds.  by the time roxanne and i got home past lunch, i was already coughing. with intervals of 30min at first, until it became more frequent. it was only in the evening that a dose of cough syrup was taken, from an old supply of bisolvon inside the medicine cabinet. good, not yet expired.  the asthma i observed also last night, but was drowned out by the cough syrup.  around 4pm today, i heard a slight wheezing. and until now, there's a pause in my breathing that only asthmatics know is asthma. still i refuse to use the inhaler. saka na, when i can't hold it anymore, can't take in air as manageably as i can now. it breathing already interferes with toothbrushing.  to use the inhaler means taking two doses, one in the morning and another at night, for 7 straight days. the risk of losing my voice then is high, which does not bode well for the november 3 presentation of research findings. so now, the wheezing will be endured and the natural fight against asthma would continue.

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