How have your allergies been these past few weeks? I know I’ve heard complaints of allergies even from non-allergic adults. And I kept thinking, “Aren’t I lucky? They haven’t affected me so much this year”.
That is until I realized I’ve been overlooking the obvious: the heaviness in my chest; the cough that sounded a bit deeper that it should; the slight constriction when I take a full breath.
What is it? My allergic asthma.
I’ve had asthma since I was four years old. I spent a childhood on medications, knew my local ER too well, and got every sickness that went around-it always became worse when it hit my chest, still does. However, these days my asthma is of the mild variety, thank goodness. I don’t use my rescue inhaler often and after a decade on cromolyn sodium solutions, I only take Advair daily as a preventive because of some back to back bronchitis I had two years ago that I couldn’t quite shake.
Right now, there’s no wheezing, just a background of slight tightness. My doc even had a listen-there’s was nothing he could hear. But I know what I feel. And there’s nothing really to do, I don’t think, but relax, stay in air conditioning, keep taking my Advair, and enjoy a cup of caffeinated tea.
Tea is my cure-all (though not a cure of course, and I take big meds when necessary). Tea was my favorite drink as a baby and I can’t tell you how many tight chest instances have been helped by a cup of steamy Lipton’s or Twining’s Earl Grey.
To those of you out there with asthma, what helps you, meds or otherwise?