Where I'm at
Now, the other things up there were not so kind to me. It was a very crowded campground, and I was exposed to a lot of tobacco and wood smoke, which proved to be harmful. I also learned that heat and humidity are secondary asthma triggers for me: They make things worse if I'm already keyed up. So, yeah, wasn't feeling that great. But, even when I wasn't feeling well, I still had fun most of the time.
Still, I was really hoping I wouldn't have environmental triggers, just allergic ones. Unfortunately, I must add smoking, dirty air, perfume, and very humid heat to the list of things I need to watch out for. Cold air and respiratory infections I haven't tested yet (PLEASE don't let me have winter asthma, I LOVE winter sports so much). On the positive side, I'm now quite sure exercise isn't a trigger. If asthma is acting up, obviously my ability to exercise is impaired, but if my lungs feel good at the start of the workout, they'll probably feel just as good at the end. Which is a huge help, because people with EIA use a lot of albuterol, and I can't tolerate it.
The drug situation is an ongoing annoyance. Albuterol and salmeterol both cause me to suffer acid reflux, which can make the asthma worse. Same for Benadryl. As for other antihistamines, Zyrtec and hydroxyzine cause burning pains in my stomach, like Advil does, and Claritin simply doesn't work no matter how much I take. Inhaled steroids: 200 mcg per day is enough to help somewhat, but 400 per day is much better. Unfortunately, 400 makes me terribly hoarse all the time.
I want to try Singulair, though it might upset my stomach like all the other meds. I want to try a bronchiodilator that isn't a beta-agonist, because it'd be really nice to have a rescue inhaler that'll make me feel better instead of worse. Maybe I should try an HFA steroid rather than a dry-powder one, because I've heard those are easier on the vocal cords. I want the allergy shots to work, though I won't know whether or not they did until next spring.
Most of all, I want to stop thinking about all of this. I just want something to work, so I can take my medicine and go about my day.
Posted 08-24-2010 at 10:25 AM by Sunsetnan
Updated 08-24-2010 at 10:26 AM by Sunsetnan
Posted 08-24-2010 at 03:38 PM by janewhite1