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Have I ever mentioned that I have asthma? Probably not, since it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but I thought I would talk about it tonight.
I developed asthma when I was five years old. I ended up staying in the hospital for a week because the doctors couldn't regulate my oxygen levels. After that, I ended up taking daily medications to help control the asthma, and had to do my nebulizer at lunch every day throughout as much of elementary school as I can remember.
The asthma has gotten better over the years. I used to be on seven medications daily, but now I'm only on three. I don't need nebulizer treatments all the time, and it's rare that I even need a puff of my emergency inhaler. But every once in a while, my asthma acts up and it's really annoying. Like yesterday and today, when I keep feeling like I'm not getting a deep enough breath and a cough is making it even worse.
It might sound funny, but I used to feel like asthma was a joke, like it wasn't a real health problem. When I couldn't run a mile in the allotted time in high school, I felt like maybe I just wasn't trying hard enough; it wasn't asthma preventing me from going all out, it was just me not doing my best because I was lazy. But I was wrong, and it was asthma that was keeping me from going all out. When I don't feel like doing my nebulizer, and my mom tells that I need to do it, deep down I know that she's right.
You know what's even crazier than me having this weird relationship with my asthma? Both of my little sisters have it too. We're not biologically related, but the twins and I have the same birthdays and all deal with this awful sickness. It may not seem like much, but it's weird how many similar characteristics are shared in my family. I'll have to talk more about that on another day.
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