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Crumbs part 2

I didn’t go to Ireland. I just didn’t get it together to pack or anything, so I decided not to go. Not least as I have a bit of history if I try to travel when not well then I get much more ill. The day I should have travelled, Sunday, I woke up feeling much worse both with cold and asthma. Today first thing I got an emergency appointment, and my various numbers were such I was nearly sent to hospital. It was a close call. Now I am home with lots of the usual pills, and strict orders to see someone immediately if any of the numbers deteriorate. Glad to say it has been a slight improvement. Long may it last and improve more.

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Good call to cancel your trip. That sounds sensible. Hope your medication helps and you feel more comfortable very soon.

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Thank you. I hope so too.

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Hope things manage to stabilise for you without needing further treatment. I’m glad you weren’t too upset about the missed trip

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Not really upset at all! It was (is) a conference, but part of an organisation where I have many friends. When I was due to leave, on Saturday, it just felt like a relief to opt out. I have a strong tendency to ignore/dismiss symptoms as being too trivial to stand in my way - and in particular I ‘must not’ to be a wuzz about it. There is still a strong, inner anti-wuzz voice, but the more sensible part of me ( and having been told off by people who want the best for me) has learned the hard way it is stupid. Sadly I thought I would have a full week off all responsibilities, as I had cancelled everything in order to go, and I was going to relish it, sort of waft about, doing what I want in kind of carefree way, but it was not to be. Still a bit concerned about symptoms which haven’t properly turned round, especially the lack of oxygen in my system. Oh, well.

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Glad you’re listening to your body (something I must admit to being bad with too 😂). Be sensible and if you need it/things don’t improve head for help x

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Indeed! Head for help, that is, if this all does not go in the right direction. ........ And I have been pretty much in good control this past 6 months! Waaaah!

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Always the most irritating place to be when you’ve been well a while 😅. At least colds and infections are a notorious trigger so don’t feel too bad if you need a little extra boost

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Absolutely. Viruses and its ilk definitely are bad news, and I have had several this winter. My other worst is actually cold air, not as bad as colds by far, but not great. We had longlegged, keen walker friends here during the recent cold snap and it was hard for me to keep up, especially as I am more chubby sausage dog than gazelle,so I probably have to take 2-3 steps to their one. One of the factors that, viruses aside, this year has been so much better, I think is due to not sleeping with the window open all the winter, just a tiny crack but still open. We dropped that this year, and things have been better.

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And, by the way, I really hope your new biological is working for you! With bearable side effects, or even better, none at all.

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Thanks! So far (touch wood) my asthmas been a lot better! I may or may not have come down with a chest infection the day after getting it (couldn’t tell if infection or side effects but lasted long enough that I got ABs just in case). Despite this tho I managed to stay out of hospital, on 25mg pred and (mostly) in yellow zone so very happy!

Only other issue is I’ve done my back in (old injury) which again may just be me or may be side effects 🤷‍♀️😂. I’m going with blame it all on me til I’ve had a few injections and can spot any patterns 😂😅.

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I am really glad it sounds like it may be working well!

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Hope that you soon feel better. It is hard to cancel or postpone trips away, but sensible not to travel when unwell.

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The main thing that made it hard was the stoic in me. I did not relish the idea of the possibility of getting more ill while away, perhaps in a bed where I could not have a cup of tea next to me (the conference is in some kind of religious order or mission, and thus is has some rules that are not like a hotel), even less the idea of possibly ending up in hospital in Newry, away from all that is familiar. So apart from my inner stoic it was quite easy. If ill I wanted to be at home. And thank goodness I didn’t go, as it got pretty bad yesterday, and today has felt like a bit of a battle using every asthma weapon we could think of to not allow various levels to cross an unacceptable line. Just now I think we are very slowly winning. Also tomorrow am I am seeing an asthma nurse just to check all again, and that also feels good.

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Yes I can understand that. Being ill is bad enough but if away from home and coping with a strange environment it can be tough. Happened to me once when I had a residential course and a bad allergy reaction. I expect you feel quite wiped out. Hope you continue to slowly improve.

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