1. "Aren't you worried about all the meds you're on?"
Not if it means I can breathe, no!
2. "You should try x inhaler, that's what I use."
I already have.
3. "*I* have the flu but *I* still came to college.."
Yes, and I hate you because of it!
4. "Just calm down and focus on your breathing."
5. "Ughhhhh I have this cold I'm so ill I'm literally DYING…"
a) no you aren't. b) no you aren't, and c) no you aren't.
6. "*I* only need a blue inhaler…"
Well, lucky f---ing you.
7. "But you look fine to me."
Wow, you have such fantastic powers of observation(!)
8. "Have you tried…"
9. "OMG LIKE NIALL FROM 1D?!?!?!"
No, nothing like Niall from 1D.
10. and last but by no means least, "Oh, it's just asthma."
I don't think it's 'just' anything. It's 4 inhaled meds, 2, 2, 3, and
4 times a day respectively. It's tablets in the evening. It's not
being able to hang out with college friends because of people
smoking. It's having to skate away from a drill like a cop-out
to use your inhaler while everyone else works hard. It's telling
complete strangers or new friends or people who hate you not
to use their e-cigs in the bus/train/rink because the vapour so
easily could land you in resus. It's flu jab and pneumo jab. It's
popping out 8 tablets a day for a week or three every couple
of weeks to take down the raging inflammation in your lungs.
It's nebulisers that taste like sick and make your hands shake
so badly you can't even write a number. It's midnight trips to
A&E because your bronchi and bronchioles have closed up so
tight that no air can go in or out. It's testing your lung function
4 times a day at least. It's working your ass off at ice hockey
only to end up back in the hospital and back to square one.
It's hospital stays in your summer holidays, or hospital stays
when it's nearly Christmas, or hospital stays which mean you
miss a stack of work. It's doctors. Nurses. Nurse Practitioners.
Specialists. Consultants. Pharmacists. Meds. Meds. Meds.
It's knowing that your immune system could so so so easily
It's not 'just' asthma. So don't tell me that.
Anyone any to add? I was thinking of doing a post like this on my blog, because I have quite a few posts I am slowly working on but I need some quick stuff so that on the off-chance that anyone reads my blog they don't get bored!