I was hospitalized a week ago for asthma after going to the doctor to get refills on my asthma medication. When walking into the office the nurse asks me if I knew that I am wheezing. I told her, I maybe because it is really cold outside. At that time it was 15 below 0, go figure and I had to run into the office because I was running late. She said, I need to give you a breathing treatment. I said, ok. After the treatment I began to cough, which I wasn't doing prior.
The nurse came in and asked how I was feeling. I said the same. She said, you need to go to the hospital. "
" I told her it was not necessary. She said, I can not let me leave. I told her I could drive myself to the hospital. She said, I can not let you do that either. In 10 minutes the ambulance was there and they were wheeling me out of the office. I was so embarrassed!! I put the blanket over my head and started crying. Once getting to the ER I was poked and pushed for 4 hours until I was admitted to the local hospital for 3 days...fun!!!
That night the house doctor came in and told me I am having to many episodes with asthma. He said we need to get it under control. I told him I am taking my medication and don't know what else to do? He reminded me of my last visit in the hospital 4 months ago when they put me in ICU for asthma. I had no air moving and they were not able to give me any medication. He said, he did not want that to happen again. I told him I didn't either, what do I need to do different. I think it is the cold weather? Are you going to pay for me to move to a warm climate?
Over the past 5 months I have learned how serious asthma is and what can happen if it goes undiagnosed. Even though mine is and I am taking my medication. The cold weather is my downfall. I have never had an attack until september and never wanted to have another one since. I have been following all of the doctors orders and staying out of the cold weather. I also have to wear a mask when going outside in the cold. I do not care what people say or think. I love my life and want to live a long one. My lungs are not the strongest but I will do whatever is possible to make them stronger. If you have been told you have asthma do not let it fall on death ears, it is a silent killer!!!