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The backside of asthma and allergies – by Annelie Molin

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Imagine you got asthma. Put yourself in the position of the asthmatic, and do this while you read this..

You got asthma. What does that mean to you? When you breathe in things that are bad for you, your immune system tells the lungs that this stuff is really bad for you, and your lungs react to the impulse and your bronchi in the lungs get filled with mucus and the muscles around the bronchi spasm and narrows the airways even more so that you get hard to breathe.

This is your position and it follows you wherever you go in life. How much you would even want to get rid of the problem this brings you, you can never really be free of it.

You are asthmatic and this is your life.

Very many things can make you sick. Some depends on what your immunesystem reacts on. You either react against one thing or several (most common is to react against several), but one thing that is sure is that if you keep the stuff around you get sick from,  then your health decline. Your declining health about asthma means that the more you are subjected to what makes  you sick, the more asthma problems you get. You use the problem solver you got, your asthma medicine, the inhalations that is your life saviour. If you are able to avoid the allergens and irritants you will not get as sick.

At home you clear out all that make you sick to have a good life, to not have to medicate so much and not have to get sick all the time.

The doctor told you to take your medicines, and you do, but you also know that it is best to stay clear of all that make you sick, since it is the only way to not become unnecessarily ill. Even so, you kan not stop using your medicines, and you know this. You can not stop because if you do you would let the chronic inflammation flare free with heavy difficulty breathing as a result.

At home you got your free haven, you managed to clear it for as many allergens and irritants as possible. The air is clear for all the stuff that you get sick from, and you are constantly aware of not bringing any “bad stuff” into your home. All to not provoke your illness.

Taking your medicines and having the free space, your home free for allergens and irritants, you can manage the illness rather good. Most days are good, even though not all.

Your biggest problem is the rest of the world. The problem is the use of others of stuff you get ill from, and they do not know  you get ill from it, and they put themselves and their preferred wants and likes first. And in this world you must join if you are not going to lock yourself inside your home and live your life alone.

Those people believe that by using all the stuff you get ill from they are more pleasing to other people, that others find them more attractive and sociable. It starts every day already in the morning. In the many thousands of homes they get up in the morning and take the daily shower  (that is good) but they wash themselves in perfume, the perfumed body and hair hygiene products, dry themselves with the perfume washed towel, remove hair with perfumed products, smear their face with perfumed products, add deodorant that is perfumed,  to avoid dry skin they smear perfumed lotion on them, and style their hair with perfumed products, spray hair spray, and many also add cosmetics that are filled with perfume (mostly women) and then add newly washed clothes washed in perfumed products, to their wardrobe and it is their choise to dress in. Rather many also add the final spray of perfume or after shave. Ah, they think to themselves each time, I smell so nicely. : ) Then they go out in the world to meet with other people in believes that it will be appreciated by all that they smell nice as they feel it.

Then they meet you in town, and they stand beside you, there where you are and where you need to go. They do not know you got asthma, and in their minds they are in their full right to smell and spread the smell to others. It is only nice they think – smiling over the thought…

But you stand there, maybe in the que in the grocery store, and need your food like anyone else. The persons in front of you and behind  you smell of all the perfumed products that they added this morning, you feel the scent in the air. In your mind you recognize that is yes smell nice, but in the same second you know this is not good for you. And in the same second as you think that you feel a raspy sensation in your lungs, and you know that this is the start of an any level asthma attack. You start to cough, first mildly, people around you look at you in pity believing you got a cold, but you have not a cold, you got something worse. Then you start coughing more and more and you cough up mucus coming from your lungs. It is there, but you are indoors and where to spit?  Start looking for paper in your pockets.  You continue coughing and your lungs work to get air. While they do that you breathe in more of the scent around you, and you get even more subjected to what you get ill from and cough even more. It becomes a bad circle and you start to get heavy breathing. Already you have started to take your medicine to get through the situation. To manage to stand there in line to be able to pay for the food you need. It lightens up a bit thanks to the medicine, but the perfume continues to hit your lungs while you breathe, and you must take more inhalations of medicines to manage to stay there. The que goes slowly. You have to breathe, it is a natural thing, everyone does, and for every breath you breathe in more of the perfume, and get affected by the asthma time by time as time pass. You take even more medicine to help the situation. People take no notice of you. It is so common to see people using inhalator that no one notice. You stand there and wish that they could stop using that awful perfume… even though it smell nice. Lines moves slowly. You get more sick and you take more medicine. Finally it is your turn. You address the cashier, and feel the smell of perfume from her too and hairspray. F…k you think to yourself. And you feel the lungs again and medicate even more. You stand there and get stressed and wish your were out of there for long time ago. – Why do the woman work so slow? – I want out of here NOW!  you think to yourself. Finally all is paid for. Finally I can get out of here! You pack the bags while you feel the scent of the person beside you packing their bags, soon you will be free of it! Walking out of the store. Soon fresh air outdoors : )) *Your happy thoughts..* You pass by the perfume and beauty shop, and the smell of all the products is spread in the air, and you go to the other side of the entrence hall to get so far away from it as possible to avoid more scents. … There is the door. : )) Outside stands several people, and you wonder if they are only talking or if they are smoking? The last thing you need right now is smoke down your longs too. You medicate even more to press down the fury in your lungs. When you get closer to the doors you see the glow from the cigarettes, people stand there talking and seem to have a good time, but you get stressed by the smoke and wish they could go somewhere else, you have to pass to get out.. You pass, and as everyone else you have to breathe, and you therefore breathe in the smoke. It takes 1-5 seconds before your lungs that are already sensitive because of the perfume before, closes up and you get heavy breathing. You stress to get pass them at the same time as you are medicating even more. After a 100 meter walking in fresh air you feel your lungs calm down a bit. Finally out of there. But your lungs are not all well yet, so you take more medicine to get better. And then you feel it. Your heart rate are getting higher and you get shaky hands. The side effects of the medicine strike you and you get that on top of a tight chest.

You think to yourself that – If they only knew, maybe then they would stop using all that stuff? Now you only need to get home and find your peace at home, and wait until the storm blows over.

Take more medicine, eat some healthy food, look at some movie, read some emails.

What would  you think if all this really was you?

Next time you need to fill you cabinet, please go for the 100% perfume free producs in bless that you do not cause pain on anyone else.

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Thank you.

Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

One thought on “The backside of asthma and allergies – by Annelie Molin

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