Talking with patients about their asthma attacks and how it affects their daily lives.
With my last asthma attack I had a lot of wheezing and shortness of breath. And I wasn’t able to get any relief from my inhaler.
An attack just feels like you just can’t get air in or out. Just sudden … I don’t know, almost like a helpless feeling.
I picture somebody reaching in here and actually grabbing my lungs and starting to squeeze.
It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest and I just couldn’t catch my breath, as well as I couldn’t get the air out.
It felt like, you know, you’re breathing in but you’re not getting anything out. You feel like you’re puffing up, and puffing up and puffing up and … you’re getting air, but it’s not getting to your body.
I begin to wheeze a bit, and to be honest, anxiety really sets in and it begins to feed upon itself in my case. I’d get more worried about it, start panting a little more. I may begin to cough. And when the coughing starts that’s when I know I’m in trouble — because generally, at some point, I will start to cough and I won’t be able to breathe in.
I got taken to the emergency room. I was hooked up to all kinds of different machines checking, you know, all types of different types of vital signs. I was given breathing treatment and basically monitored for quite a long time.
It was not fun. So I went to the hospital and got breathing treatments and had a lot of relief from that.