June has been a different kind of month. It has been tough with various and frequent reactions. I’ve been busy and exhausted, and haven’t had the energy or time to write my blog. There has been a couple times this month that I have had a full blown asthma attack. The type where your airway violently and expectantly just shuts tight. At that point you only have a minute until you pass out. And God forbid, don’t make it. I have had these in the past. Two times close together in a month, on top of anaphylactic reactions, is pretty tough. Mind you, I have a background in nursing, with a very strong respiratory training background. I stay calm in an emergency naturally. It’s my personality. I run towards an emergency and try to take action. When you are in the throws of what could be a life ending asthma attack, you have to remain calm and be analytical. Otherwise, you might not make it through. You can break down and cry later, after everything is over with. The first thing I do is make sure I grab my bag of meds. I have my meds throughout my home, because every second counts. If I am out, I have a small expedition bag just for my meds. In it I have 2 epi-pens, Bronkaid tabs which is ephedrine, a Proventil inhaler (which is albuterol), and plenty of Benadryl fast melts. I also always have my phone with me. To also be prepared, I have an epi-pen tag hanging on my expedition bag, and I wear a USB bracelet on my wrist. The first thing you need to do after having your meds, is to resist the urge to breathe in through your mouth. In my personal experience, that is the worst thing you can do. You are actually making it worse. There is no way those muscles can stop the tight spasm they are in, if you are fighting it. You need to try and breathe in only through your nasal passages. I even had to do my inhaler through my nasal passages once. Wow, does it burn. But it started the opening process. I also puffed the inhaler in my mouth, because the med can start to work it’s way in. If you have an epi-pen, use it. If not, make sure someone will use it on you if you pass out. I also throw myself into a certain position. That way if you lose consciousness, you won’t hit your head when you pass out. If I am at home, I get on the ground on my knees, round my back, and put my elbows on the ground. Kind of like being in a turtle position, lol. Rounding the back really opens the lungs. I was in McDonalds this past week, with my son and mother. I leaned over to the side of my seat, and was able to stop some of the spasms with attempting to pull air in through my nose, and putting albuterol in my mouth. I was about to use the epi-pen when it started to work. You can’t get up and move around afterwards. Stay put. Anything will make it reoccur. I had to use my inhaler frequently over the next 20 minutes. You have to be able to pull in a somewhat stable breath before you attempt moving around. We stayed there for a good 40 minutes before leaving. It’s a very scary thing to go through. Always be prepared, and know what to do.
Some of the anaphylactic reactions I had this month were on 6/13, 6/17, and 6/21. I had other’s prior, I just can’t remember the dates unfortunately. I also had a couple reactions where chewing my ephedrine pills, instead of using an epi-pen worked. One of these reactions actually required two epi-pens. That’s always a tough one. Father’s day we went to McDonalds. The lady behind the counter handed me two cups, but then called me back and said she thought she saw something in one of the cups. It turned out to be chocolate syrup. I told her I was allergic to it, and that it would have closed my throat. She handed me two more cups. And, yes, there was more chocolate on them. I quickly gave the cups back and ran to the bathroom to wash my hands. That’s all it takes, it was anaphylactic reaction time. This is the first epi-pen that has made me bleed though. My body is tired with all of my constant anaphylactic reactions. I think that’s why the increase in my severe bronchial asthma attacks. I have been using a lot more eucalyptus oil under my nostrils. I have even used Frankincense essential oil. That really helps too.
Practice what you need to do. Make sure all your meds are where they need to be in home and when you are out. Only you can help yourself. My mom sat there and said what should I do. I mean, really? People freeze in an emergency. Know what to do, even if that includes texting 911, asthma attack and doing what you need to. Too many people pass away every year from asthma attacks. Way too many people!
A quick shout out for my husband. He’s my rock. I get so much strength from him and his intense love.