December 17, 2011

My Adventures in Asthmaland

It was about this time last year that I developed a really bad cough. I was around 22 weeks in my pregnancy, but I had remembered reading somewhere in all the pregnancy information that you can find on the internet that the health of the mother is the most important thing, and when you have Asthma you should not avoid using your inhaler simply because you are pregnant. To help take care of the cough, I was using my Asthma inhaler and avoiding cough medicine, and I would take Tylenol for any headaches or fever-like symptoms. I finally reached a point where the inhaler was doing nothing to help me -- a doctor in a walk-in clinic once told me that people with Asthma have a greater possibility of developing bronchitis if they have a cough for longer than three weeks.

I woke up in the middle of the night a few days before Christmas to begin having my first Asthma attack since I was 6-years-old. I called my mother to ask her what I should do, and she told me to call my doctors office emergency line. The doctor on the other end told me to head into the emergency room, so that is what my husband and I did. We left the house at 1:30am and did not get home until after 6:00am -- do you know how hard it is to find a drug store that is open 24-hours in this city. The doctor in the emergency room gave me a nebulizer -- which was fun because I felt like the caterpillar in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -- and prescribed me some better drugs to control my cough. They worked like a charm, and within a few days I was already starting to feel better. 

It is nervous to go through those kind of health experiences when you are pregnant. You worry that anything you do or take to help yourself get better will harm the baby, but the doctors know what they are doing and they are there to help you first. Yes, they want to make sure baby is safe, but you are the person carrying the baby, and if you are not healthy, neither is the baby. That is a lesson that I learned that hard way a couple of times during my pregnancy. I'll share the next story in a couple of weeks -- it happened in January.


 Me n' my nebulizer



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