Something my sister said to me when we were little stuck in my mind , she said that grandad was a blacksmith. I was looking up stuff about asthma online and one site said that asthmatics were known to hold some muscles in their body rigidly tense without realising that they were doing it. I have had these muscular tensions all my life and just considered them part and parcel of being asthmatic , i have them in my arms soulders and abdomen and my right foot which causes me to dig my big toe into the ground when i walk. Most of the time i'm oblivious to these muscular tensions. I also found out online that some of our genes are passed from our granparents. To cut a long story short i was walking to work a few years ago thinking about these muscular tensions when i remembered what my sister said to me about grandad being a blacksmith and wondered if there was a connection. When i got home i decided to copy the physical movements of a blacksmith at work , so using a bag of sugar because it approximates the weight of a blacksmiths hammer and gripping my bicycle pump as a blacksmith would grip his tongs i began raising the bag of sugar as a blacksmith would raise his hammer. After a while i noticed that all the muscles i was using to do this were the very same muscles i had kept rigidly tense all my life and i have never been near a blacksmiths forge , i was even digging my big right toe into the ground to gain purchase to raise the 'hammer'. When i looked up my family tree on a geneology website my great great granfather was indeed a blacksmith. so i think that he passed these muscular tensions onto my grandfather who had asthma and he passed them onto me through my mother. So i call blacksmithing my genetic occupation ! If any other asthmatics have researched their family tree have a look and see if there are any blacksmiths that contributed to your genetic make-up and let me know. should be interesting
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