Very unpleasin' sneezin' & wheezin'
August 16, 2014 6:39 AM Subscribe
At the ripe old age of 40 something, I have been diagnosed with adult onset asthma. Nope, I wasn't one of those wheezy kids, so this is a whole new world for me. And no, I've never smoked. I'm getting a handle on the medical side of things, but it's the everyday stuff that is proving a challenge.
For instance, I need to carry an inhaler, spacer and epipen. Toting it all to work in my regular bag, that holds my lunch and such is easy, but outside of that, I don't usually carry a purse, how do folks carry this stuff around, when out and about, or exercising? Do I have to rock the fanny pack, or is there a niftier alternative? I've seen pouches designed to carry an inhaler, but the spacer is a bit bulky and definitely won't fit those.
Also, I'm reacting badly to perfumes, air fresheners and the like. Riding the elevator at work in a high-rise office building can have quite unpleasant results if I'm stuck in there with someone marinating in perfume. Ditto with coworkers in my office. We also have a mad Lysol sprayer on staff. How do I deal with this without sounding like a jerk? Or do I just need to learn to hold my breath longer?
I've been told I can carry on with my normal life, but I enjoy many outdoor activities. Any advice from asthmatics who hike, camp, canoe, etc? Am I being paranoid wondering about the distance to the closest ER (not that I've needed that yet)?