This is how asthma can affect your life, or rule it.
Due to the bad roads were I work I have a bad work-day all days at work. One get shaken, not stirred. Badly shaken.
I have asked to get a new bus, a bus that better absorb the movements and shaking released from the bad road and give a better day.
If I do not get that I have two options.
- endure. Wich I will not. Workday is too bad.
- change workplace. But then I have my asthma to consider. I might end up getting it like before having a bad asthma day every day.
As a bus driver one meet people all day long. All these people mostly wear some fragrance, either as perfume and aftershave, or as fragrance products on their person or in their clothes. Also very many smokes and stink of tobacco chemicals. All of this are substances that makes me sick in asthma. Result is clogged lungs all day long and forced to use a lot of medicine.
I like the job as a bus driver, but the part of the job that include humans too often force on me what make me ill:
- tobacco chemicals
Where I work now there are less of this air pollution. Less perfumers and less smokers, and even fewer people = less of the chemical air pollution. We also clean the busses and offices fragrance free for the benefit of my health. Even cleaner air. And it works. I rarely have any asthma problems now. It is a long time since I was ill actually. I am still sick since asthma is chronic, but I rarely have any symptoms now. That is really good. It is lovely! In this it feels like life is finally smiling again after so many bad asthma years. I actually did not believe it was possible to ever get this well, and I want it to last.
Now I am in the situation that the bad roads and the bad bus make a bad work environment and it affect both my work day, my health and my will to be working there. One is so many hours at work. I am badly shaken and totally worn down every day at work. I just wish for a better day.
A new bus would improve the situation. A better bus would make it better, but honestly it would not eliminate the shaking. Maybe I would have a little better day, but it will not improve the roads.
Get a new job you say?
I could just make a call to the main office and ask for a transfer, but then again I risk getting those bad asthma days back. Looking for a total new place to work always hold in store the same risk.
To have to choose between the two:
Having a bad day worn down, or risk getting sick like before years. I do not want to get sick in asthma all day long again, it is too hard, and I do not want to have a bad work day feeling worn down at the end of every day.
That is the asthma trap. Loss of freedom to easily change a situation.
A fragrance free and smoke free world, and good roads.
If I could only have it all.
But then again, how to make everyone go tobacco and fragrance free?
I wish there were a law against such polluting of the air we all share and make people sick, and I wish people could think of their fellow-man who get ill from their use of fragrance and tobacco.