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Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
When I was a kid and my asthma struck I'd often open my window, set my elbows on the window sill, my face up to the screen, and inhale the cool, fresh air. This seemed to give me some relief in my efforts to gain control of my breathing.
One hot summer my mom gave me a fan, and I refused to give her that fan back even when summer was over. By the time I was 16 I had a fan running in my room round the clock, even during the winter. (I still do this to this day.)
I also kept my window open a crack, even during the winter. My mom didn't like me doing this, so I'd wait until she was asleep, shut my door, and crack the window ever so slightly.
Dr. Henry Hyde Salter was a fellow asthmatic and asthma doctor from the mid 19th century who made a similar observation. So I'm not alone in making this observation.
When I started as an RT in 1995 I observed that most of my chronic lung patients -- those with COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, etc. -- insis...
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