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As many of you know I had an asthma attack the other night-the first one in my life. It is scary-no doubt about it. I occasionally use a bronco dilator but had run out of it. I really don't need it that often-that won't happen again that is for certain. Well I managed to wait until daylight and drove myself to the Emergency Room. I was there from around 7:30 am until I walked out against medical advice at around 3 pm. This was after 4 sessions with what was supposed to help me breathe. It didn't work--my lungs if anything were tighter then when I got there and I was shaking like a leaf. They wanted me to stay overnight so they could put me on IV's of steroids. Well--I don't do too well on those--no way was that happening. I left--went to my local pharmacy and got my inhaler-then went home. Some of you will remember my message that I was going to be late on all the threads and I truly appreciate the outpouring of well wishes that were forth coming.
Content Owner: Michael J. Schumacher, MB, FRACP
Now I may be wrong here but why would you want to tighten up the lungs instead of loosening them? Shouldn't you want to cough up all that phlegm? Once I got home and used my inhaler and slept for four hours my lungs started to loosen a little. The shaking had stopped (thankfully)and I began to feel a bit better. This is going to take some time I am aware and a lot of fluids. That stuff they had me breathing in even totally dried out my nasal passages. I did go to my own doctor the next day and have to go back in 3 weeks--at least he is letting me only use the inhaler-steroids really are no good for me and from what I have been told and from what I have read those are the medicines of choice. I am questioning why.
Now I am a smoker which obviously does not help and I am trying to cut back. These are my own observations and the observation of a couple of other people who have been given this therapy. I am not going to argue and I agree to disagree with one and all.
If you work in the medical profession I would just like you to think about this--not everyone's body is the same nor do they react the same--so why keep on giving the same therapy when it is obvious the patient is getting worse or no better? Wouldn't it be better for the patient to be able to clear their lungs instead of just tightening them up?
Again I would like to thank everyone who wished me well-and yes-I am feeling a bit better as the days progress.
If you would like to read more about the human lungs and the diseases which can affect them I suggest you go to Web.MD to begin.
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