Just now I remembered an episode last summer. I was sick from asthma and needed to have my Optichamber with me at all times, since that was the only thing giving me relieve at the moment. A Optichamber distributes the medicine more effectively and enable it to better enter the lungs.
We were going to the mall and I had my Optichamber in my hand since I had no bag to carry it in, and it is too big to carry in a pocket. Personally I am to old, self-secure and mature to even bather to care what people around think about me carrying an inhalation chamber in my hand at the mall. Who cares? But my friend… That was a whole different matter.
He actually looked at the Optichamber, then at me and looked very embarrassed.
It amazes me what people can come up with that makes them embarrassed. A Optichamber is for giving relief from breathing problems, medicine to make and keep me healthy. An under-treated asthma or a asthma not treated, can in fact kill the person being sick. Should I not medicate to please other people? It becomes all too stupid. It is not like I have ordered for asthma on the internet in hope to get it. It is not like I have ordered for asthma for the “true joy” having to medicate everyday and have to use a Optichamber or an AeronebGo to keep my asthma away.
What is it to be embarrassed over? Embarrassed over the need to medicate? Embarrassed over that fact I do not care what people think? Or embarrassed over the Optichamber itself? Would it be less embarrassing if I would have been walking using a cain?
It is not like the use of a Optichamber is something unusual. There are 300 million people in the world who have asthma. Really many of them must use a Optichamber. Being embarrassed… How stupid is that? People with that attitude need to relax and grow up.
(This is more about the behaviour than about the specific person.)
Writing is a struggle against silence. ~ Carlos Fuentes