Ok people...let's just get something straight RIGHT FUCKIN NOW! Yes I was just off work on sick leave for two months. NO I wasn't off having a jolly old time! I was off because I was hospitalized 3 times since August for my asthma! NO asthma is not some pussy thing that they make fun of in the movies because only losers and nerds have it. Asthma is a VERY serious condition that...by the way....CAN kill you. Suddenly people seem to be judging me like I am some dead beat trying to skip out on work, or that I took 2 months to get over a simple cold type illness. uh..no. Have you ever beeen punched in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of you? Painful right? Imagine that feeling lasted hours, days, weeks or even months. How would you cope? That in a nutshell is what we with asthma suffer through too many times.
Did you know that 500 people die each year in Canada because of asthma? Does this mean everyone with asthma will die because of it? No. It does mean each and everyone of us is at risk at any given time though, depending on environment, stress levels and other things that can contribute to an asthmatic episode. I fyou have an episode in your sleep? Lights out.
So why is it that people take it so lightly?
I am what is classified as a "silent asthmatic". The definition of this is: Silent Asthma; Asthma attacks which give very little or no prior warning and very little wheezing. They are usually severe and can be life-threatening.
Doesn't sound so minor now does it?
There is the link to the Asthma Society of Canada. Those of you who think you know all about asthma despite the fact that you yourself do not suffer from it nor have you ever educated yourself on it? Take the time to read it and be informed before you decide you have your PHD.