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Doing better

Dec 26, 2009 - 0 comments

The 3 days of 20mg/day of prednisone worked well. My airways opened up and now I find the mucous is easy to cough up.

It feels like bronchitis and I"m hoping I will soon be coughing up less mucous. I don't like to feel it rattle in my chest, as i get worried it may turn into a bacterial infection. But so far so good.

My peak flows aren't bad either. As long as I stay above 400, then there should be no problem with the mucous turning bacterial. So the holidays are going well :-)

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Too busy

Dec 17, 2009 - 1 comments

Uggh. I've been so busy lately, that I'm afraid I've neglected my health. The asthma is acting up and I need to buy another peak flow meter, to see how bad it is.

I have some left over prednisone from the last exacerbation, enough for 3 x 20 mg/day. Shall see if three days of this puts me back on track. Otherwise it's back to my doctor.

Yesterday, the mucous wasn't moving from the lungs, but today its loosening up, so it's looking positive.

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woke up bad this morning

Dec 16, 2009 - 0 comments

Last night went to bed with tight chest, but was too tired to deal with it and slept on it, only to wake up at 5:00 am breathing even worse. Took inhalers, dropped daughter off at school. Then came back home took salbutamol and went to sleep for another 1.5 hours or so. Feeling bad all day with a really heavy chest. Couldn't cough up my normal mucous. Can't find peak flow meter, but I'm certain I"m probably about 70% of best.

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Not coping well with asthma

Nov 01, 2009 - 12 comments

I'm not dealing well these days with my asthma. I was told by my specialist that I have to live with daily symptoms as they are not considered detrimental as I am on the highest inhaled steroid dose allowed over a long term basis. It's hard as most days I spend my mornings coughing up all of the excess mucous in my lungs that have accumulated over night. Then there are days of asthma symptoms on top of that. I was told to just keep taking reliever medicine, such as my Oxeze to relieve symptoms. I'm taking 1600 ug/day of pulmicort with 3 x puffs of Oxeze 12 ug/day.

I feel tired a lot because of the daily coughing, chest tightness and occasional shortness of breath. My day is busy as it is and I need to be functioning a 100% at work, and these days my boss is complaining about my work as I am not as sharp as I used to be. What happens then is my sleep becomes disrupted because I am way over tired trying to perform as "normal" and then it becomes this crazy vicious cycle of bad sleep due to sheer exhaustion and very little stress tolerance.

I don't know how long I can keep this up. I've been thinking about changing some of my daily activity, so that I"m not dead at the end of every day. Also my weekends are spent doing house cleaning because it has all caught up from the course of the week. And this results in more exhaustion because of trying to catch up on the weekends. I just can't seem to function at the levels I used to . And is this normal? I thought that asthma treatment was supposed to make life functional. Has my asthma gotten so bad? I was also told that there had to be a balance between the side effects of the drugs to the amount of acceptable symptoms. this is hard and not something i"m used to at all.

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