Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Nå har det skjedd igjen. Jeg måtte på doen, og jeg sprang inn på bensinstasjonen like ved, det var krise. Da jeg kommer inn på toalettet ser jeg denne duftmaskinen henger på veggen og med astma er dette en helsefare, man får tette lunger og vansker med å puste og får ikke luft, men jeg hadde å velge på dette og gjøre i buksen. Ingen vil gjøre på seg så jeg måtte gå, det forstår du også, men det er kjipt å måtte velge mellom å få gå på do og astmaanfall. Samme gjelder jo for øvrig også i andre lokaler, man skal ikke måtte unngå å gå steder, og på den måten bli utelukket fra å delta.

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Bildet er tatt under mitt astmaanfall, dette er ekte.

 

I flere timer etterpå hadde jeg vanskelig å puste og måtte bruke mye medisin.

Dette handler om tilgjengelighet, et toalett som er til for publikum skal alle kunne bruke, det skal ikke være slik at kun personer uten funksjonsnedsettelse kan bruke toalettet.

Dere som produserer, selger og bruker disse produktene støtter dere gjerne på at det er godkjent av IFRA, International Fragrance Association, som hevder dette er greit og ikke gir allergi og sjukdom. Det dere må forstå er at IFRA er en interesseorganisasjon for parfymeindustrien og de går industriens ærend, de er ikke interesseorganisasjon for oss med astma og andre lungesjukdommer, allergi, mcs, shr og andre sensitiviteter. Uansett hva de påstår så er ikke dette trygge produkter for oss. Jeg er et levende bevis for dette og jeg er bare en av veldig mange. WHO anslår at der er 300 millioner personer med astma i verdenen (tall fra 2011 slik at det er sikkert fler i dag) og i Europa er det anslått å være ca 30 millioner personer med astma (tall fra WHO og Ginasthma og The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), da er ikke alle andre lungesjukdommer og sensitiviteter medregnet i de tallene, ikke heller mcs og shr og øvrige sensitiviteter. I Norge teller man at ca 20-25% av befolkningen, ca 1 – 1,2 millioner mennesker har astma og allergi. I følge tall fra Norges Astma og Allergiforbund (NAAF) er 1,4 millioner personer i Norge sjuke av parfyme, og 0,5 % blir så sjuke av parfyme at de ikke kan deltake som alle andre gjør i samfunnet.

Jeg ga beskjed til stasjonsinnehaver om å ta den ned, alle skal kunne bruke toalettet. Ingen skal måtte velge mellom å bli sjuk og gå på toalettet, eller noen andre rom heller. For oss med astma er Ventoline en nødline og vi må dope oss med Ventolinne hele døgnet for å leve, mens andre ikke skjønner bæret og forurenser luften med parfymestoffer. I dag pga et dobesøk hos Circle K fikk jeg et kraftig astmaanfall fordi jeg måtte bruke toalettet på Circle K, det var først lite men etter 4 minutter slo det ut i full blomst og jeg hostet kraftig, trange luftrør, pipelyder da jeg FORSØKTE puste, det var ikke lett å få luft, øynene ble blodsprengte, jeg ble kraftløs og hadde oxygenbrist.  Det var problemer å få medisinen ned i nebulizern (inhalatoren du ser på bildet over) fordi jeg var i så dårlig stand, jeg var meget plaget. Da var jeg komt til kontoret og kollegene spurte masse, de visste vel ikke hva å gjøre. Etter hvert fikk jeg i meg medisinen likevel og etterpå kunne jeg snakke og forklare hvorfor det var så ille.  Skylden denne gangen var en duftmaskin på  veggen  på toalettet.

Nå vil jeg oppfordre deg som har slike på veggen i dine lokaler om å ta den ned uansett i hvilken bedrift eller sted, uansett hvor den sitter, om den er på toalettet eller annet lokale. Har produsenten fortalt deg at det ikke utløser allergi? Da er du blitt løyet til.  Den duften du sprer i rommet inneholder en masse stoffer som irriterer luftveiene i lungene og aktiviserer allergisk reaksjon, det gjør at dine kunder og besøkere blir sjuke av besøket og det henger i fra noen timer til flere dager avhengig av hvor sensitive personen er som ikke tåler det. Da man har fått et slik stort astmaanfall av et besøk hos deg da er man også mer sensitive for alt i flere dager etterpå.

Jeg vil gjøre det klinkende klart: Det har ikke betydning hvem som har satt det opp, eller hvem som leverer til hvem, det at det i hele tatt er produsert og tatt i bruk er det som er problemet. Vi er konstruert å puste luft, ikke kjemisk forurensning, det som er relevant her er at luften blir utjenlig å puste.

Jeg vil også opplyse om at det er et lovbrudd å utestenge dem som ikke tåler det i henhold til Likestillings og Diskrimineringsloven §9.

LHLorg-parfyme-diskriminering-§9-Skjermbilde

Skjermbilde av nettsiden til LHL Astma og Allergi:

“LHL mener at det må presiseres at kravet til universell utforming i diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven § 9 også omfatter tiltak for å forebygge eksponering av ulike irritanter, herunder parfymerte produkter.

LHL mener også at det bør settes av midler til forebyggende opplysningsvirksomhet slik at flere vil ta hensyn til at parfymerte produkter kan påføre andre helseskader.

LHL oppfordrer til at:

  • offentlige virksomheter innfører parfymefritt arbeidsmiljø av hensyn til brukere og de ansatte.
  • privat næringsliv og arbeidsgivere gjør det samme.
  • privatpersoner tar hensyn ved å unngå parfymerte produkter i situasjoner der man kommer tett på andre mennesker.

LHL Astma og allergi har laget en plakat som opplyser om parfymefri sone. Plakaten kan lastes ned og henges opp der det er behov for det.” LHL Astma og Allergi

FN har vedtatt tilgjengelighet og rettigheter for personer med funksjonsnedsettelse, blant annet:

“e) Recognizing that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others,
h) Recognizing also that discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person,
j) Recognizing the need to promote and protect the human rights of all persons with disabilities, including those who require more intensive support,
l) Recognizing the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country,
n) Recognizing the importance for persons with disabilities of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices,” UN.org

Du finner informasjon om Tilgjengelighet og Universell utforming i FNs deklarasjoner om funksjonsnedsettelser her

Hva er en funksjonsnedsettelse?
Lungesjukdommer som astma m.fl, allergi, og andre sensitiviteter er en funksjonsnedsettelse,  et handikap. Hvordan det?  Definisjonen på et handikap er:

Ifølge norske offentlige utredninger,
NOU 2005: 8 om likeverd og tilgjengelighet. Rettslig vern mot diskriminering på grunnlag av nedsatt funksjonsevne. Definert funksjonsnedsettelse som:
“Funksjonshemming oppstår når det er et gap mellom individets evner og design eller funksjon i omgivelser / miljø / bygg.”

Merk deg at det ikke står angitt spesifikt hva som er handikap, det står for eksempel ikke bevegelseshemmet, blind, døv osv, det står kun angitt hvordan noe er en funksjonsnedsettelse, et handikap. Dette er samme definisjon som er vedtatt av FN, dok er FNs versjon noe mer utvidet og gjelder alle land.

Jeg har mottatt relevant informasjon om Tilgjengelighetsloven fra Regjeringen ved FRP som var en av de partiene som svarte på min henvendelse om retten til frisk luft.

sitat “«Diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven» fast følgende; § 9. Plikt til generell tilrettelegging (universell utforming) «Offentlig virksomhet skal arbeide aktivt og målrettet for å fremme universell utforming innenfor virksomheten. Tilsvarende gjelder for privat virksomhet rettet mot allmennheten» Gjennom diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven får mennesker med nedsatt funksjonsevne et diskrimineringsvern. Alle virksomheter rettet mot allmennheten blir pliktige til å arbeide for universell utforming og individuell tilrettelegging. Krav om universell utforming trekkes inn i stadig flere forskrifter og lovverk. Finnes også omtalt i «Plan – og bygningsloven. Brudd på plikten til å sikre universell utforming etter tredje ledd regnes som diskriminering.»” Regjeringen ved FRP. Sitat slutt

Den samme loven er også i Sverige, se nedenfor for mer informasjon om det.

Publikasjon av NAAF og Husbanken:

Universell-utforming-NAAF-Skjermbilde2

Husbanken publikasjon Skjermbilde

”Universell utforming er utforming av produkter og omgivelser på en slik måte at de kan brukes av alle mennesker, i så stor utstrekning som mulig, uten behov for tilpassing og en spesiell utforming.”
Krav om universell utforming trekkes inn i stadig flere forskrifter og lovverk. Gjennom diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven får mennesker med nedsatt funksjonsevne et diskrimineringsvern. Alle virksomheter rettet mot allmennheten blir pliktige til å arbeide for universell utforming og individuell tilrettelegging. ” Husbanken.no

Les Publikasjonen her:
http://biblioteket.husbanken.no/arkiv/dok/Komp/Uu_bygg.pdf

Jeg forstår at du kanskje ikke visste dette, derfor vil jeg fortelle deg det at parfymer og slike doftmaskiner gjør 1 av 4 sjuke. Du vil nok ikke dine kunder, besøkere, klienter, kolleger, elever eller venner noe vondt?

Skru opp ventilasjonen istedenfor og vask oftere med parfymefrie rengjøringsmidler, parfymefri oppvask, parfymefri håndsåpe og bruk ellers parfymefrie produkter, lufte ut og gi oss alle frisk luft å puste, da vil vi som er de 1 av 4 av dine kunder / besøkere kunne benytte dine tjenester og lokaler på likt med alle andre og uten å måtte gå der fra med tette lunger og pustevansker. I verste fall kan det bety at vi ender opp på sjukehuset, og at vi unngår å besøke dine lokaler eller å bruke bedriften din og andre lokaler, og bruker pengene og tiden vår et annet sted. Det er ingen hyggelig handel og besøk om man må bli sjuk av luften. Nå har jeg forklart deg det, og jeg håper og ber at du hører på og gjør som jeg ber om. Jeg er trøtt på å ikke kunne benytte meg av lokalene dine.

Oppdatering søndag 4. september 2016

Jeg måtte akutt til sjukehuset.

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Dag 3: Søndag nå  Jeg har hatt pustevansker siden fredag pga av den duftmaskinen som var aktiv på Circle K stasjonen, nå siden fredag har jeg hatt gjentatte pustevansker og svie helt fra øvre luftveiene og ned i lungene, min egen medisin har ikke gjort nytten så jeg måtte dra akutt til legevakta på sjukehuset hvor de har sterkere medisiner. CRP var under 5, ingen bakterieinfeksjon eller virus. Jeg må også på økt medisinering med Prednisolon nå 60 mg og mer astmamedisin for å få bort betennelsen som er blitt av den kjemiske påvirkning av parfymekjemikaliene i rommet fra duftmaskinen. Når er det at folk skal skjønne at parfyme ikke er en harmløs nusselig ting til glede for alle? Det finns ikke velvære med kjemisk forurenset luft.

Hvorfor skal jeg måtte lide for dine vaner? Hvorfor skal jeg måtte gå på et slik medisin regime og på sjukehuset fordi du parfymerer?

Ikke bare at jeg må ta medisiner, men det betyr stor lidelse i hverdagen, og for å være dønn ærlig man kan dø av astma, et alvorlig astmaanfall kveler.

“4.4 Advarsler og forsiktighetsregler
Dersom pasienten må øke forbruket av β2-agonister med kort virketid for å kontrollere astma-symptomene, tyder dette på en forverrelse av sykdommen.  Plutselig og tiltagende forverring av astma-symptomene er potensielt livstruende, ” Statens Legemiddelverk Slv.no

Les mer om det her Astma dreper og Astma er potensielt livstruende

Hva er astma?

Astma er en sjukdom i lungenes luftveier bronkiene og bronkiolene, det er en kronisk betennelse i disse,  det er styrt av sensitivitet eller allergi (immunologisk) og forverring kommer av å bli utsatt enten av allergener (stoffer man ikke tåler) eller irritanter  (stoffer som irriterer luftveiene), og da dette skjer tettes lungenes luftveier av slim samtidig som musklene rundt disse luftveiene kramper og gjør luftrøret meget trangt, disse begge tingene bidrar til liten passasje for luft å passere og man får problemer med å puste. Forskjellen ved astma og KOLS er at astmabesvær oppstår kun ved negative påvirkning av ting personen ikke tåler, mens KOLS betyr pustevansker 24/7 men med forverring av irritanter, det betyr at sjukdomstilstander og symptomer ved astma og andre lungesjukdommer kan unngås ved å verne den sjuke for disse emnene og situasjonene.

Parfyme er en av de tingene som provoserer og utløser astmaanfall – og også andre lungesjukdommer, allergi og sensitiviteter.

Dere må revurdere deres bruk av parfymer der offentligheten ferdes, enten det er parfymerte produkter, doftmaskiner, scent marketing, så kalte luftoppfriskere, parfyme på deg selv, i dine kle, håndsåper osv, eg. kjemisk luftforurensning.

Jeg er oppriktig drittlei av å måtte lide for andres dumskap. 😠

Besøk også LHL sin side og Renere uten kjemikalier og Parfyme – Luftforurensning

Oppdatering mandag 5. september 2016

Dag 4: Jeg hadde håpet det ville gi seg nå etter at jeg var  på sjukehuset i går, men ikke, slimdannelser i lungene og hoster opp slim, fullt uslag på allergisk rhinitt så nesen renner konstant, svært lettirriterte lunger, hoste, tungt å puste da jeg skal gå en lengre strekning, og har måttet ta 60 mg Prednisolon i dag, og 6-8 doser 2 mg/ml Ventoline inhalasjonsvæske for å roe lungene og jeg er ikke ferdig ennå. Flere timer til før dagen er omme. Alt pga en  doftmaskin som spruter ut parfyme i et rom. Skal til legen i morgen igjen så da skal jeg ta dette opp.

Oppdatering tirsdag 6. september 2016

Dag 5: I dag morges kl 0400 våknet jeg av å være tett i lungene og hostet meget kraftig og hostet opp sikkert en kopp med slim, alt fra lungene. Min allergiske Rhinitt lar nesen renne ustoppelig. Var til fastlegen, CRP var under 5 igjen så altså var der ingen bakterieinfeksjon eller virus. Etter at jeg kom fra legen i dag traff jeg naboen utenfor huset som spurte om jeg var sjuk? De hadde våknet av min hoste da jeg hostet opp slim som tettet bronkiolene og bronkiene i lungene for å rense luftveiene for å få pust. Ja sa jeg, og forklarte hva som hadde skjedd. Oppvåknet var før frokost, og frokost var full dose medisiner: 60 mg Prednisolon, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 doser Symbicort Forte 320/9, og en ampull Ventoline 2 mg / ml inhalasjon. Så noe frukt. Jeg var til fastlegen og tok opp astman. Jeg har vært på 60 mg Prednisolon  i tre dager og legen sier jeg må ned på 40 mg i morgen fordi ellers vil binyrene kunne ta skade, man skal ikke gå på så høy dose Prednisolon i mange dager da det er farlig. Så må jeg sakte trappe ned over flere dager for å ikke ta skade av medisinen. Jeg må ta inhalasjon med 2,5 ml 2 mg / ml Ventoline inhalasjon så fort jeg kjenner at astman begynner å reise seg igjen for å holde luftveiene frie, det blir et kart om 10-15 kapsler per dag, ca en i timen eller oftere. Legen tok som sagt også CRP som ikke viste noe som helst, altså ingen luftveisinfeksjon av bakterier eller virus, dette er ren astma. Legen sa at om vi ikke får bukt med astman din nå da må vi legge deg inn på sjukehuset. All denne medisinen gjør også at jeg får bivirkninger i form av hjertebank, og skjelving på hendene. Nå er jeg sjukmeldt ut uken. Og alt dette fordi det parfymeres i lokaler der offentligheten ferdes.

Jeg har et spørsmål til Norges Astma og Allergiforbund NAAF. Dere sier dere vil aldri forby parfymering i det offentlige rom til tross for at dere vet at ca 20-25 % av befolkningen, dvs 1,4 millioner personer i Norge er sensitive for parfymer, og at 0,5 % personer av disse er så ille rammet at de ikke kan deltake i samfunnet. Der er mennesker som er på trygd fordi de ikke kan deltake i samfunnet fordi der er så mye parfymekjemikalier i luften. Og dere har satt en NAAF på lederplass i FKMI og de går på samme linje nå. Når er det at dere skal ta oss som er hart rammet på alvor? Nå har dere lest hva som er skjedd meg. Skal dere noen gang ta ansvaret og forbedre levekårene for oss som har astma og andre lungesjukdommer, allergi, mcs, shr, og annen sensitiviet, målgruppen dere er satt å jobbe for? Jeg bare spør?

Dette er ikke et enkelt tilfelle at jeg har blitt utsatt for slik som dette, slike maskiner finnes overalt i samfunnet, på toaletter, i foajeer, i entreer, på hotell, restauranter,  i kjøpesentra, i butikker, på kontorer, og mange andre steder. Når er det at vi skal få frisk luft å puste?

I frisk luft er jeg frisk, i forurenset luft er jeg sjuk, det er såre enkelt så hva har dere tenkt å gjøre med saken? Jeg er målgruppen deres!

Oppdatering onsdag 7. september 2016

Dag 6: Jeg ble altså sjukemeldt fra i går av. Jeg er av den sorten at jeg forsøker å  stå på og gjøre mitt beste i lengden men i går sa kroppen altså nei. Jeg hadde gjentakende pustevansker som jeg måtte dempe med sterke medisiner, hostet opp slim, var trøtt og slapp, følte meg svak og svettet, jeg måtte gi opp og la kroppe leges, det fungerer ikke å jobbe da.

I dag våknet jeg også veldig tidlig og hostet opp slim, jeg har fortsatt pusteproblemer og må ta medisin. Kroppen har roet seg noe da jeg kan være hjemme i mitt allergitrygge hjem og hvile meg. Ellers har jeg samme medisinregime som tidligere bortsett fra en noe senket dose Prednisolon til 40 mg som jeg skal trappe ned til 20 mg om tre dager. Jeg sovnet igjen etter 4 timer og sov lenge. Pusten min høres ut som en gammel sko som knarrer da jeg trekker været ut og in. Jeg har slim i de nedre luftveiene i lungene 0g slimet er seigt og det er vanskelig å hoste det opp. Å ha dårlig pust påvirker også tale og allmentilstand da man må ha god pust for å snakke, og god pust for å ha det bra. Jeg må altså være hjemme fra jobben.

Klokken er nå 19,30 på den 6. dagen med alvorlig astma og all hosting og pustevansker har gjort at jeg har meget vondt i torso, jeg har vondt i musklene i overkroppen i brystkassen. Kroppen er overanstrengt. Det er så vondt å hoste at jeg nesten ikke klarer det. Og også om jeg er hjemme nå så tar det lang tid å bryte ned den betennelsen som er bygget seg opp i lungene pga den kjemiske forurensningen.

Jeg er frisk i frisk ren luft og sjuk i forurenset luft.

Oppdatering torsdag 8. september 2016

Dag 7: Jeg våknet igjen ca kl 0600 av tette lunger og hostet opp slim, jeg er fortsatt låk i brystkassen pga all hosting så å hoste opp slimet er vanskelig. Jeg føler meg sliten, og kraftløs i brystet, og det er vondt. Medisinering var i dag morges som vanlig 40 mg Prednisolon, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 doser Symbicort Forte 320/9 (også til kvelds alle dager), en ampull om 2,5 ml 2 mg/ml Ventoline. Jeg hoster litt mindre i dag men er fortsatt tett og har slimdannelse. Det er slitsomt.

Opplevde i dag igjen følelsen av å utmattet sovne på sofaen for å senere våkne av å ikke få pust, og da jeg forsøker å hoste opp slimet er muskulaturen i brystkassen for sliten til å klare jobben. Hoster i 20 minutter og tar inhalasjon for å få det til.

Ellers har dagen gått i roens tegn med film og surf, og medisin, hosting, slim osv hele dagen. Hostet så jeg holdt på å kaste opp. Ja, det var så galet.

Oppdatering fredag 9. september 2016

Dag 8: Det er fredag en uke etter at jeg var inne i det rommet med doftmaskinen. Jeg våknet kl 0600 av hoste igjen og har vært våken siden, hoster opp slim med jevne mellomrom. Jeg har tatt medisin 40 mg Prednisolon, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9, Acetylcystein Sandoz 200 mg og en 2,5 ml 2 mg/ml Ventoline inhalasjon. Må ta alt dette før jeg engang får spist, kan ikke spise med sånn hoste og slim. Normalt sett tar jeg bare 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9 om morgenen (og 2 om kvelden), og jeg kan ta det etter frokost. Jeg har fæle bivirkninger av den sterke Ventolinen, jeg er skjelven til de grader på hendene, holder jeg hånden opp så rister fingrene som ved tremor.

Jeg var til butikken for å kjøpe mat i dag, det var første gangen jeg var ute blant folk siden onsdag den 7. september, jeg hadde preparert meg skikkelig med medisin før jeg for men etter 10 minutter i butikken fikk jeg forverring av astman igjen, tung pust, heshet, vanskelig tjukk slim og begynte å svette som en følge av det. Astma er anstrengende for kroppen og et stressmoment.

Jeg er sliten, jeg er drittlei, men det går heldigvis rett vei nå, ja bortsett fra forverringen i dag. Jeg er mye bedre enn jeg var sist lørdag, men nå er det tyngre å puste igjen, jeg er ikke helt frisk ennå og fortsatt mer sensitive enn ellers. En allerede irritert lunge reagerer mer og lettere på alt man ikke tåler.

Oppdatering lørdag 10. september 2016

Dag 9: Til sjukehuset akutt midt i natta

Låg i sengen og gråt, trøtt sliten, hoste, slim og tung pust. Ringte sjukehuset for å få hjelp. Var der klokken 0320. CRP var 5, ingen bakterieinfeksjon eller virus. Fikk inhalasjon. Syresetning bedre. Sjukesøster var fantastisk snill og omtenksom, jeg er så sliten at jeg begynte å strigråte på sjukehuset, og sjukesøsteren var så snill og strøk armen og skulderen min og trøstet mig.  Hjemme igjen klokken 0450. Har ikke sovet i natt.

Nå er det litt utover på dagen og jeg har litt svie i luftveiene, pustevansker er små, men jeg må fortsatt bruke den sterke Ventolinen 2,5 ml 2 mg/ml inhalasjonsvæske med nebuliseren for å ha det bra. Da medisinen avtar i virkning, da kommer hosten tilbake, og jeg hoster opp slim, og i tillegg kjenner jeg en brennende følelse i lungen, og det er vippepunktet for om det går galet eller ikke. Bare litt så tipper det over feil vei. Det er vanskelig å forklare for noen som ikke har opplevde det selv, men det føles omtrent som; tenk det at du har en ild du vil tenne, der er et lite glor, og det er enten så brenner gloret eller så dør det ut, og det er akkurat sånn det er nå at minste lille kan få astman å forverres eller så blir det ikke så ille, så jeg må ta medisin for å ikke rammes verre. Normalt sett klarer jeg meg en vanlig inhalator for å ta bort små problemer og har god pust med PEF 500, men altså ikke nå pga denne parfymeringen. Tung medisinering og sjukemeldt.

Oppdatering søndag 11. september 2016

Dag 10: Våknet i dag morges med meget tette lunger, for å forklare det hørtes ut som en bil med startproblemer, den der tette hese lyden som da bilen ikke får luft og følelsen er som om lungene var fylte med Glava. Jeg har fått forverring igjen. Medisinene jeg har gjør ikke nytten så jeg må til legen igjen i morgen.

Dere må forstå at astma er ikke som en lett hodepine du bare kan ta et piller for så går det over. Den betennelsen som blir i lungene av allergener og irritanter man ikke tåler det sitter i flere dager. Det er en betennelse i lungenes luftveier og som bekant så tar betennelser lang tid å gå bort. Så vær så snill og vis hensyn!

Oppdatering mandag 12. september 2016

Dag 11: Var til fastlegen og ble ordinert sterkere og mer medisin pluss lungerøntgen på sjukehuset. Så nå har jeg Atrovent 2,0 ml 0,25 mg / ml som skal blandes med min Ventoline 2,5 ml 2 mg / ml  og inhaleres – og lungene er røntget.

I tillegg ble jeg sjukemeldt ut uken.

Noe positive jeg så på sjukehuset var dette.

Oppslaget sier:

“Hallo!!
Tror du sneiper (du kaster) forsvinner av seg selv??!! RØYKFRITT!!!”

Flott med et sjukehus med bein i nesen. 👍👏👏👏👏👏👏

Oppdatering tirsdag 13. september 2016

Dag 12: I natt fikk jeg faktisk sove hele natten gjennom, endelig! Jeg tror det er den nye medisinen som hjelper. Jeg hoster fortsatt og hoster opp slim men jeg tror den nye medisinen er mye bedre. Den hjelper!

Dagens medisindoser er som følger: 20 mg Prednisolon, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9, Acetylcystein Sandoz 200 mg, 2,5 ml 2 mg / ml Ventoline blandet med Atrovent 2,0 ml 0,25 mg / ml inhalasjon hver fjerde time og i tillegg Ventolinen igjen ved behov. Slik skal jeg ha framover.

Men pga pustevanskene så har jeg et seriøst problem å snakke. Det er helt vanlig at ha taleproblemer da man har astma og pusteproblemer fordi for å klare å snakke må du ha god pust, luften er med på å lage lyd i stemmebåndene. Og da jeg fortsatt har pustevansker og betennelse i lungene da påvirker det røsten. Denne videoen under ble tatt opp i dag. Om du vil ha teksting da trykker du på tekstkortet nede til høyre i videoen (på engelsk)  Lær om astma, pust og røsten her:

Oppdatering onsdag 14. september 2016

Dag 13: Jeg har kunnet trappe ned litt på Ventoline, jeg tror det er takket være den nye Atrovent som jeg har fått, den har lengre varighet enn kun Ventoline. Astman har roet seg litt, dok er jeg ikke frisk ennå (eg. symtomfri da astma er kronisk).

Jeg har ikke sovit godt i natt, den økte medisindosen har gitt meg bivirkninger med tørr munn, jeg har våknet flere ganger i natt og vært tør som en ørken i munnen og har måttet stå opp for å drikke og spise noe for å hjelpe på det hele.

Jeg må øke Symbicort Forte 320/9 til 3 x 2 doser for dag. Symbicort Forte er forebyggende medisin.

Stemmen er fortsatt ikke helt god da jeg fortsatt sliter, men jeg hoster ikke like mye og ille lengre, i hvert fall ikke så lenge som jeg tar medisinen. Jeg såg meg selv i speilet i dag, jeg er blå under øynene og blek, det har vært en vanskelig tid.

Kanskje det går riktig vei nå?

Oppdatering torsdag 15. september 2016

Dag 14: Jeg tar fortsatt de samme medisinene, men jeg tok en ekstra dose Atrovent + Ventoline i natt (altså totalt 5 doser istedenfor 4), og det virker som om det fungerer. I morges da jeg våknet hostet jeg bare lett, men var meget tør i munnen pga bivirkninger. Dok da medisinen avtar i styrke da får jeg en brennende opplevelse i lungene og tyngre pust, for å forklare hvordan den brennende følelsen kjennes ut så er det som om jeg har halsbrenne i lungene, det brennende følelsen minsker i styrke og blir nummen bort da jeg tar medisinen. Jeg får i mellom medisindosene tung pust, og da jeg var på butikken i dag var det ille, og røsten min bar ikke og det var vanskelig å prate. I kveld har jeg altså “halsbrenne” i lungene, hoster lite, og jeg har nettopp tatt mer medisin. Men det virker som om medisinen gjør jobben sin da jeg sakte blir bedre enn jeg var, så jeg skal ta en ekstra i dag også. 5 ganger for dag er egentlig mer enn legen sa jeg skal ta, men 4 er for lite kjenner jeg så for å hjelpe meg selv så tar jeg 5. Den ekstra dosen tar jeg på natten fordi ellers blir det for mange timer uten inhalasjon i løpet av natten. Jeg skal til legen i morgen igjen. Jeg er ikke bra ennå.

Oppdatering fredag 16. september 2016

Dag 15: I dag var jeg til legen, han lyttet til lungene, det ble gjort spirometri, og jeg bli remittert til en spesialist. Er fortsatt meget følsom på astman for minste lille. Pga at det er farlig å gå for lenge på Prednisolon er denne tatt ut. Jeg fortsetter som vanlig med de andre medisinene. Sjukemeldt til og med 26.9.

Oppdatering lørdag 17. september 2016

Dag 16: Jeg våknet kl 0600 og tok medisiner. La meg og sovnet igjen. Våknet med tung pust og måtte ta inhalasjon.

Før dette skjedde har jeg normalt kunnet bare ta litt Symbicort Forte 320/9 og astma- og allergipillene mine om morgenen, jeg hadde det bra. Nå må jeg starte morgenen med sterk akuttmedisin. Jeg har begynt å uroe meg over at jeg har fått en kronisk forverring av de kjemikaliestoffene som ble sprøytet ut i luften. Skal jeg måtte ha det slik i framtiden?

Oppdatering mandag 19. september 2016

Dag 18: Jeg sto over å oppdatere i går, det skjer ikke så mye. Jeg tar fortsatt Ventoline + Atrovent i tillegg til den vanlige dosen, fordi om jeg lar være så får jeg lett forverring. Så lenge som jeg tar medisinen så greier jeg meg. Dok er jeg fortsatt meget lett påvirket av irritanter og allergener i luften, mye mer enn før, så legen har bestemt at jeg skal være hjemme til det har stabilisert seg. Slik har jeg ikke hatt det før dette skjedde, jeg var veldig sensitive, men det er verre nå. Jeg ble jo også remittert av min lege til en lungespesialist i byen, de ringte fra lungespesialisten i dag, jeg har fått time på fredag.

Om jeg har fått varige men, hvem skal jeg melde og stemme? Jeg kan ikke la dette gå upåaktet hen. Sånn som dette får det ikke være i samfunnet, og hva om jeg får nedsatt arbeidsevne? Jeg tenker på dette.

Oppdatering fredag 23. september 2016

Dag 22: I dag var jeg til lungespesialisten som min fastlege remitterte meg til, og det var et givende møte på flere måter. For det første så fikk jeg gjøre flere pustetester, faktisk mer grundig enn det ble gjort på lungepoliklinikken da jeg var der for noen år siden, totalt gjorde det nye lungelegekontoret hele 3 forskjellige pustetester, Spirometri og to andre: en for vanlig rolig pust hvor jeg også skulle holde pusten i 7 sekunder,  og et annet test som simulerte gåing i trapper med tung pust og pustestopp (maskinen gjorde pustestoppet og meg måtte puste mot det). Deretter traff jeg legen som viste seg å være samme legen som remitterte meg til Arbeidsskadeavdelingen ved Trondheim Sjukehus ca 2008/2009, det det var gammel kjenning.

Det var mye prating om astma og det som skjedde meg den 2. september som var grunnen til at jeg ble sendt til ham. Siden jeg blogget sist mandag den 19. september  har pusten min bedret seg betraktelig og jeg har kunnet kutte ut inhalasjonen av den sterke Ventolinen og Atrovent på fast basis, nå er det bare en gang inn i mellom. Pusteprøvene jeg gjorde viste at jeg har fått tilbake pusteevnen. Den ligger på ca 95% av 100% nå, og det er bra, og jeg håper det blir enda bedre. Det skal nok gå om jeg holder meg unna alt, og det betyr alle situasjoner, som betyr kontakt med det jeg ikke tåler, det betyr også å unngå personer som bruker parfyme og parfymerte produkter. Nå tar jeg bare mine vanlige medisiner Symbicort Forte 320/9, Singulair, Ceterizin og en liten dash med den vanlige inhalatoren, slik som jeg gjorde før jeg ble sjuk den 2.september. Siden onsdag har jeg bare brukt de sterke medisinene 2-3 ganger, noe som er et stort framskritt.

Vi kom også i samtale legen og jeg om Symbicort Forte, han sa det innholder et langtidsvikende Ventoline som er en av virkestoffene i Symbicort Forte. Det var nytt for meg. Jeg leste også tidligere på Legemiddelverket om Ventoline at om man må ta for mye av Ventoline da kan kroppen venne seg til medisinen og da mister den effekt. Jeg fant ut at da jeg også tar en stor dose av Symbicort Forte som innholder langtidsvirkende Ventoline pluss måtte ta så store mengder av den sterke inhalasjonsaerosolen Ventoline, så måtte kroppen sikkert ha fått for mye og kuttet ut effekten av det, og det var derfor jeg måtte få Atrovent. Atrovent har hjelpt meg veldig. Takket være Atrovent har jeg fått orden på det, og jeg kunne kutte ned på mengden Ventoline. Nå sliter jeg ikke mer med bivirkninger. Astma og den medisinske verden er mer komplisertenn man tror. I dag har jeg bare tatt en dose Ventoline + Atrovent. Fortsetter det så bra som nå de neste dagene da skal jeg jobbe på tirsdag. :)

 Oppdatering fredag 7. oktober 2016

Nå har jeg jobbet siden 27. september. Den er ikke helt okej den astman, jeg må ta mer medisin i hverdagen enn jeg gjorde før jeg ble utsatt for den kjemikaliepumpen på doen den 2. september, men det går. Jeg må ta Ventoline inhalasjon på både inhalator og nebuliseren oftere, før 2. september klarte jeg med bare forebyggende medisin og inhalatoren av og til, så jeg er redd at jeg har tatt permanent skade av den forurensningen den luftparfymeringen. Slik gjør luften utjenlig å puste. 

Jeg ba jo stasjonsinnehaver om å ta pumpen ned. Jeg har fått gledelige nyheter.

Den ble tatt ned for ca 3 – 4 uker siden. Dette gleder meg veldig at eier av bensinstasjonen tar sine kunders helse seriøst. Jeg håper inderlig at alle andre bedrifter og andre som har lokaler der offentligheten ferdes at de tar etter hans eksempel og tar ned alle slike apparater og begynner å bruke parfymefrie rengjøringsmidler og håndsåper.

Tusen takk kjære deg før at du lytter! ❤❤❤❤

Hva er parfyme?

Lær av Professor Anne Steinemann ved Melbourne University (klikke på linken for mer info om henne). Det er lett å tro at reglene er bedre i Europa og Skandinavia, men faktum er at industrien er ikke pålagt å fortelle deg innholdet i det som skjuler seg i ordet parfyme. Det får du vite her:

Jeg ønsker et forbud

Jeg ønsker at det skal bli forbudt å parfymere inneluften, og at det skal bli forbudt å vaske med parfymerte rengjøringsmidler og å bruke sprayflaske ved rengjøring der offentligheten ferdes og oppholder seg. Viser til at et forbud vil kun styrke rettighetene til oss med astma og andre lungesjukdommer, allergi, mcs, shr og andre sensititeter. I henhold til universell utforming og Tilgjengelighetsloven §9, og FNs deklarasjon om Tilgjengelighet og Universell Utforming, er det jo i grunn allerede forbudt å bruke slik at et forbud i praksis mot parfymerte produkter vil kun styrke de lover som allerede er på plass. Det er et strev å måtte kjempe aleine og melde til LDO hver eneste gang parfymerte produkter er brukt eller brukt en slik doftmaskin, sånn skal vi ikke måtte ha det, det skal være tilgjengelighet også for oss og vi skal ikke måtte bli sjuke.  Les også:

” Kjent helserisiko – Det er allerede kjent at det er en kobling mellom bruk av rengjøringssprayer og økt risiko for astma.”
Til denne artikkelen kan jeg tilføye egne erfaringer:
Jeg brukte JIF produkter i jobben som renholder fra 2005 -2007 og det blir mye på 8 timer for dag på heltid, jeg var frisk da jeg begynte i den jobben, etter to år hadde jeg utviklet astma. Jeg leste så HMS Produktdatabladene for JIF som LiIleborg AS produserer og selger og der sto at det inneholder stoffer som kan utløse allergi, så Lilleborg AS lyger i artikkelen, de vet meget godt at det ikke er ufarlig. Der var annet som var aerosolt også som vi brukte og så var der folk som røykte også (jeg har aldri vært røyker det var passivrøyk). Det ble for mye for min helse. Så kjære dere som leser, tenkt på helsen, jeg kan signere på at om du blir sjuk i astma så er det noe som vedvarer hele livet ut, og du vil bli sensitive for veldig mye. Så kjære deg, ta dette på alvor.

Og jeg viser igjen til Husbankens informasjon som er utviklet i samarbeid med NAAF.

Og hvorfor deler jeg nå denne personlige informasjonen? Fordi jeg vil at du skal forstå alvoret.

I frisk luft er jeg frisk, og i forurenset luft er jeg syk, det er så såre enkelt.

Å tilsette parfyme til inneluften er et brudd på Tilgjengelighetsloven.

Annelie Molin

For den svenske loven les her:

Det finns en lag mot sådant som luftparfymering i Sverige också.

Bristande tillgänglighet är en form av diskriminering. Från och med 1 januari 2015 införs bristande tillgänglighet som en ny form av diskriminering i diskrimineringslagen. Bristande tillgänglighet innebär att en person med en funktionsnedsättning missgynnas genom att man inte har vidtagit skäliga åtgärder för tillgänglighet för att personen i fråga ska komma i en jämförbar situation med personer utan denna funktionsnedsättning.
Det finns vissa undantag från förbudet. I arbetslivet gäller förbudet inte den som gör en förfrågan om arbete. Att tillhandahålla bostäder är också undantaget från förbudet. När det gäller att erbjuda varor och tjänster gäller förbudet inte för privatpersoner eller för företag som vid det senaste kalenderårsskiftet sysselsatte färre än tio arbetstagare. I fråga om tillhandahållande av varor och tjänster gäller förbudet inte om det krävs åtgärder i fastigheter och byggnadsverk som går utöver de krav på tillgänglighet och användbarhet som har ställts i bygglov eller startbesked för den aktuella fastigheten eller byggnadsverket.
Ordet funktionshinder ersätts med funktionsnedsättning i diskrimineringslagen, lagen om Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, skollagen och lagen om uthyrning av arbetstagare.

(Prop. 2013/14:198)

Lag (2014:958) om ändring i diskrimineringslagen (2008:567)

Lag (2014:959) om ändring i lagen (2008:568) om Diskrimineringsombudsmannen

Lag (2014:960) om ändring i skollagen (2010:800)

Lag (2014:961) om ändring i lagen (2012:854) om uthyrning av arbetstagare

Källa: https://www.notisum.se/News.aspx?itemid=11999

Att inte montera en doftmaskin är inte något som påverkar

“…om det krävs åtgärder i fastigheter och byggnadsverk som går utöver de krav på tillgänglighet och användbarhet som har ställts i bygglov eller startbesked för den aktuella fastigheten eller byggnadsverket.” Notisum.se

Jag kan därför inte se at ett förbud mot eller krav om att inte sätta upp doftmaskiner kan vara undantaget från lagen.

Vad är universell utformning, tillgänglighet och skäliga åtgärder?

Sverige och EU har tillsammans med 160 andra stater ratificerat FN konventionen om rättigheter för personer med funktionsnedsättning. Åtagandet innebär att staterna ansvarar för att genomföra universell utformning, tillgänglighet och skäliga åtgärder.

Tillämpningen av universell utformning innebär att alla nya produkter, tjänster, miljöer och program utformas så att de kan användas av alla i största möjliga utsträckning utan behov av anpassning eller specialutformning. När man utvecklar nya varor, tjänster, miljöer och program är målgruppen alla människor.

Utgångspunkten är att vi som användare har olika funktionsförmåga och egenskaper. På så sätt skapar vi ett samhälle där alla kan delta jämlikt. Producenter, myndigheter och företag kan också nå långt fler. Tillgänglighet för personer med funktionsnedsättning som grupp är en rättighet. För att skapa fullständig tillgänglighet är det en ovillkorlig skyldighet för staterna att gradvis undanröja befintliga hinder i byggnader, transport, information och kommunikation, inklusive IT samt varor och tjänster som riktar sig till allmänheten. Kostnader får inte användas som argument mot detta, Staten har ansvar för att säkerställa diskrimineringsskyddet” HSO.se

Annelie Molin

In English

Visit with trouble

Open letter

Now it has happened again. I had to go to the toilet, there was crisis and I ran into at the gas station close by. When I come into the toilet I see this fragrance machine hangs on the wall and with asthma, this is a health hazard, one gets lung congestion and difficulty breathing and can not get enough air, but I had to choose at this and do in the pants. Nobody want to do in their pants so I had to go, it is easy to understand, but it sucks to have to choose between go to the bathroom and asthma attacks. Same actually goes for all localities, one should not have to avoid going there and in that sense be locked out.

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A scent machine on the wall, cause breathing difficulties all day, and more.

For several hours afterwards I had difficulty breathing and had to use a lot of medicine. This is about accessibility, a toilet to the public should all be able to use, it should not be such that only people without disabilities can use the toilet.

You who produce, sell and use these products you support happily that it has been approved by IFRA, the International Fragrance Association, which claims this is fine and not causing allergy or other illnesses. What you must understand is that IFRA is an organization for the perfume industry and they go industry errands, they are not any interest organization for us with asthma and other lung diseases, allergies, mcs, shr and other sensitivities. Whatever they say this is not safe products for us. I am living proof of this and I’m just one of very many. WHO estimates that there are 300 million people with asthma in the world (figures from 2011 so it is certainly many more today) and in Europe it is estimated to be approximately 30 million people with asthma (figures by WHO and Ginasthma and The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), then not all other lung diseases and sensitivities are included in the figures, nor mcs and shr and other sensitivities. in Norway counts that around 20-25% of the population, about 1 to 1.2 million people have asthma and allergies. For example stated by The Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF) is that about 1,4 million people in Norway get health issues from fragrance (regardless of source), and 0,5% can not participate in the society of that cause.

I notified the station owner to take it down, everyone should be able to use the toilet. No one should have to choose between being sick and going to the toilet, or any other rooms either for that matter. For us with asthma Ventoline is a necessary lifeline and we must medicate with Ventoline 24/7 the whole life, while others do not realize a thing and pollute the air with fragrance substances. Today because of a trip to the toilet at Circle K I got a really bad powerful asthma attack because I had to use the toilet at the Circle K, first it was only little but after 4 minutes it struck out in full bloom and I coughed powerfully, narrowed windpipe in the lungs, wheesing heavily when I TRIED breathing, it was not easy to get air, the eyes were bloodshot, I was out of strength because I had lack of oxygen. There were problems getting the medication into the nebulizer (inhaler in image above) because I was in such a bad shape, I was very sick. Then I had came into the office and colleagues asked lots, they surely did not know what to do, and why I was so ill. It was problem medicating. Eventually I got in me medicine anyway and afterwards I could talk and explain why it was so bad. Blame this time was a scent machine on the wall in the toilet.

Now I urge you who have such on the wall of your premises to take it down in whatever business or place, wherever it is located, if it is in the toilet or other facilities. If the manufacturer has told you that it does not trigger allergies? Then you have been lied to. The scent you spread in the room contains a lot of substances that irritate the airways in the lungs and activates allergic reactions, it makes your customers and visitors will be sick by the visit and it hangs in from a few hours to several days depending on how sensitive the person is being unable to tolerate the. When you have received such a large asthma attack by a visit with you then one is also more sensitive to everything for days afterwards.

I want to make it very clear: It’s not important who is using it, who has installed it, or who delivers to whom, what is the problem is that it is produced and put into use. We are designed to breathe air, not chemical pollution, what is relevant here is that the air becomes unfit to breathe when fragranced.

I would also like inform you that it is an offense to disclose those who do not tolerate it in accordance with the Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act § 9.

LHL website screenshot, in English below:

LHLorg-parfyme-diskriminering-§9-Skjermbilde

“LHL say that it must be emphasized that the requirement for universal design in Discrimination and Accessibility Act § 9 also includes measures to prevent exposure to various allergens and irritants, including scented products. LHL also believe that it should be allocated for preventive educational activities so that more people will pay attention to that scented products can inflict injury. LHL urges that:
◾public enterprises and government services adopt perfume-free working environment in the interests of users and employees.
◾privat businesses and employers are doing the same.
◾private persons do take into account sensitive persons by avoiding scented products in situations where you get close to other people.

LHL Asthma and allergies have made a poster stating fragrance free zone. The poster can be downloaded and posted where it is needed. ” LHL Asthma and Allergy

The United Nations (UN) has adopted accessibility and rights for people with disabilities, including:

“e) Recognizing that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others,
h) Recognizing also that discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person,
j) Recognizing the need to promote and protect the human rights of all persons with disabilities, including those who require more intensive support,
l) Recognizing the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country,
n) Recognizing the importance for persons with disabilities of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices,” UN.org

For information on Accessibility and Universal Design in the United Nations declarations on disabilities here.

What is a disability?
Lung diseases such as asthma and others, allergies and other sensitivities is a disability, a handicap. How? The definition of a disability is:

According to Norwegian public reports,
NOU 2005: 8 of equality and accessibility. Legal protection against discrimination on grounds of disability. Defined disability as:

“Disability arises when there is a gap between the individual’s capabilities and design or function in an environment / environmental / construction.” Norwegian public reports NOU 2005: 8 of equality and accessibility

Note that it is not stated specifically what is handicap, it says for example not mobility impaired, blind, deaf, etc., it is only indicated how something is a disability, a handicap. The same statement you find in the United Nation (UN) definition of the accessibility act, so it is demanded of all countries.

I have received relevant information about the Accessibility Act of The Norwegian Government at FRP which was one of the parties that responded to my inquiry about the right to fresh air.

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” Discrimination and Accessibility Act “establish the following: § 9 Obligation to ensure general accommodation (universal design) “Public Sector shall work actively and purposefully to promote universal design within the undertaking. The same applies to private business to the general public “Through Discrimination and Accessibility Act give people with disabilities protection against discrimination. All businesses geared toward the general public are obliged to work for universal design and individual accommodation. Requirements for universal design is drawn into ever more regulations and laws. Also featured in “Plan – and Building Act. Breach of the obligation to ensure universal design pursuant to the public and workforce is regarded as discrimination. ” Norwegian Government FRP

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The same law is also in Sweden, see below for more information about this.

Publication of NAAF and Husbanken (Housing Bank), translation below:

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” “Universal design is the design of products and environments in such a way that they can be used by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
Requirements for universal design drawn into ever more regulations and laws. Through discrimination and accessibility law gives people with disabilities protection against discrimination. All businesses geared toward the general public are obliged to work for universal design and individual accommodation. “ Husbanken.no

Please read the publication here (in Norwegian):
biblioteket.husbanken.no/arkiv/dok/Komp/Uu_bygg.pdf

I understand that you might not know this, so I will tell you that fragrance products and such fragrance equipment makes 1 of 4 ill. You will probably not your customers, visitors, clients, colleagues, students or friends any harm?

Turn up the ventilation instead and wash frequently with fragrance-free detergents, fragrance free washing, fragrance free hand soap and use otherwise perfume free products, air out and give us fresh air to breathe, then we which are the one of 4 of your customers / attendants could use your services and premises on equally with all others and without having to go from there with lung congestion and difficulty breathing. At worst, it could mean that we end up at the hospital and that we avoid using your business or premises and spend our money and interests somewhere else. There is no pleasant shopping or visit to your localities if one must become sick from the experience inhaling the polluted air, no matter what source of the fragrance. Now I have told you that, and I hope and pray that you listen and do as I ask. I’m tired of not being able to avail myself of your premises.

Update Sunday 4 September 2016

I had to go acute to the hospital.

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3th day: Sunday now. I have had difficulty breathing since Friday because of the fragrance that was active at the Circle K station, now since Friday I’ve had repeated difficulty breathing and burning sensation from the upper respiratory tract and down into the lungs, my own medicine has not been enough so I had to take to the emergency room at the hospital. CRP was below 5, no bacterial infection or virus. I also have increased medication with Prednisolone now 60 mg and more asthma medicine to get rid of the inflammation that’s been caused on me by the chemical influence of perfume chemicals in the room. When is it that people will understand that perfume is not a harmless cozy thing for the benefit of all? There is no wellness in chemically polluted air.

Why should I have to suffer for your habits? Why should I have to go on such a medicine regime and at the hospital because you perfume?

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Not only that I have to take medication, but it does mean great suffering in everyday life, and to be totally honest one can die of asthma, a severe asthma attack suffocates the person having it.

“4.4 Special warnings and precautions
If the patient must increase the use of β2-agonists with short duration to control asthma symptoms, it indicates a worsening of the disease. Sudden and progressive deterioration of asthma symptoms are potentially life-threatening,” Norwegian Medicines Agency Slv.no

Read about  Asthma kills and Asthma potentially life threatening

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease in the lung’s airways called bronchi and bronchioles, it is a chronic inflammation of these tiny airways, it is caused by sensitivity or allergy (immunological reactions) and aggravation comes from being exposed either to allergens (substances not tolerated) or irritants (substances irritating the airways), and when this happens the lung airways are constricted of mucus while the muscles surrounding these airways spasms and makes airways very cramped, these two things helps narrow and block the passage for air to pass and one gets trouble breathing. The difference in asthma and COPD is that asthma symptoms occur only at the negative impact of things the persons health can not tolerate, while COPD means difficulty breathing 24/7 and with worsening by irritants, it means that the disease conditions and symptoms of asthma can be avoided by protecting the sick from these substances and situations.

Perfume is one of those things that provoke and trigger asthma attacks – and other lung diseases, allergies and sensitivities. You have to rethink Your use of perfumes where the public go, whether scented products, scent machines, scent marketing, perfume on yourself, in your clothes, hair products, lotions, hand soaps etc.

I’m frankly sick of having to suffer for someone else’s stupidity. 😠

Also visit LHL site (in Norwegian) and Cleaner without chemicals (in Swedish) and Perfume – Air pollution

Update Monday, 5 September 2016

Day 4: I had hoped the asthma would get better now after I was in the hospital yesterday, but not, I have mucus build up in the lungs and I am coughing up mucus, full scale of allergic rhinitis as nose runs constantly, very easily irritated lungs, cough, heavy breath and hard to breathe when I walk a longer distance, and I have had to take 60 mg Prednisolone today, and 6-8 doses 2,5 ml 2 mg  / ml Ventoline inhaler to calm the lungs and I’m not done yet, it is several hours before the day is over. All because of one scent machine that spreads perfume in a room. Going to the doctor tomorrow again so I shall take this up with my doctor.

Update Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Day 5: This morning at 0400 I woke up by constriction of the lungs, coughing very powerful and coughed up surely a cup of mucus, coming from the lungs. My allergic Rhinitis lets nose drain unstoppable. I was at my doctor’s office, CRP was below 5 again so therefore there was no bacterial infection or virus. After I got from the doctor today, I met the neighbor outside the house who asked if I was sick? They were awakened by my cough when I coughed up mucus that clogged the bronchioles and bronchi of the lungs to clear the airways to get breath. This was before breakfast, and breakfast was full dose of medicines: 60 mg Prednisolone, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 doses of Symbicort Forte 320/9, and a vial Ventoline 2,5 ml 2 mg / ml inhalation. So some fruit. I was to the family doctor and addressed the asthma. I’ve been on 60 mg Prednisolone for three days and the doctor says I have to reduce to 40 mg in the morning because otherwise the adrenal glands may be harmed, one should not go on such a high dose Prednisolone for many days as it is dangerous. Then I have to slowly decrease the dozage down over several days to not get damage by the medicine. I must take inhalation with 2.5 ml 2 mg / ml Ventoline inhaled as soon as I feel the asthma starts to rise again to keep airways free, there will be dosages about 10 to 15 capsules per day, about every hour or more often. The doctor took, as I said CRP that did not show anything, no respiratory infection by bacteria or viruses, this is pure asthma. The doctor said that if we do not prevail against the asthma of yours now then we need to admit you in to the hospital. All this medication also makes sure I get side effects in the form of racing heart beat and trembling of the hands. Now I’m on sick leave to the end of the week, and all this because of the perfumed premises where the public go.

I have a question to the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association NAAF. You say you will never forbid perfume to ring in public room despite knowing that about 20-25% of the population, ie 1.4 million people in Norway are sensitive to perfumes, and that 0.5% ie 5000 people are so bad hit that they can not participate in society. There are people who are on welfare because they can not participate in society because there is so much perfume chemicals in the air. And you put a NAAF editorialized in FKMI and they go on the same line now. When is it that you will take us that is hard hit by this seriously? Now you have read what has happened to me. Will you ever take responsibility and improve the living conditions of us who have asthma, and other lung diseases, allergies, mcs, shr, and other sensitivities, the group you are put to work for? I am just asking?

This is not an individual case that I have suffered like this, such machines are found everywhere in society, in restrooms, lobbies, entrance halls, hotels, restaurants, in shopping centers, in shops, offices and many other places. When is it that we should get fresh air to breathe?

In non-polluted air I am healthy, in polluted air I am sick, it is straightforward: so what do you plan to do about it? I am in your target group NAAF!

Update Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Day 6: I was set on sick leave by my doctor notified yesterday. I’m the kind of person that I try to carry on and do my best in length but yesterday my body said no. I had recurring breathing difficulties which I had to curb with strong medication, coughing up mucus, was tired and limp, felt weak and sweating. I had to give up and let my body heal, it does not work going to work like this.

Today I woke very early and coughed up mucus, I still have breathing problems and must take medicine. The body has calmed down somewhat when I could be at home in my allergy safe home and rest. Otherwise, I have the same medicine regime as previously except for a slightly lowered dose of Prednisolone to 40 mg which I shall step down to 20 mg after three days. I fell asleep again after 4 hours and slept long. To explain; my breath sounds kind of like an old shoe when walking when I breathe out and in. I have mucus in the lower airways of the lungs and mucus is sticky and difficult to cough up. Having difficulty breathing also affects speech and general condition then you have to have good breathing to talk. Because of asthma I must therefore be home from work.

The time is now 19.30 o’clock on the 6th day with severe asthma and all coughing and difficulty breathing have done that I have a very sore torso, I have pain in the upper body muscles in the chest. The body is overworked. It is so painful to cough that I can hardly do it.

I am healthy in the fresh clean air and sick in polluted air, simple as that. And even if I am at home an asthma attack like this takes time to curb since it is an active inflammation in the bronchi and bronchioles.

 Update Thursday, 8 September 2016

Day 7: I woke up again approximately at 0600 of lung congestion and coughing up mucus, I am still hurting in the chest because of all the coughing so to cough up mucus is difficult. I feel tired and weak in the chest, and it hurts. Medication was this morning as usual 40mg Prednisolone, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 doses of Symbicort Forte 320/9 (also for evening every day), one vial of 2.5 ml 2 mg / ml Ventoline. I cough a little less today but remains tight in the lungs and mucus formation. It is tiresome.

Today I experienced falling asleep exhausted on the couch to later be waken up by not getting breath, and when I try to cough up mucus the muscles in the chest are too tired to do the job. I coughed for 20 minutes and took inhalation to finally achieve it.

Otherwise, the day passed in a calm character with film and surf, and medicine, coughing, phlegm, etc. throughout the day. Coughed so I kept on throwing up. Yes, it was that bad.

Update Friday, 9 September 2016

Day 8: It’s Friday, a week after that I was in that room with this fragrance machine. I woke up at 0600 by coughing again and have been awake since, coughing up mucus regularly. I have taken medicine 40 mg Prednisolone, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9, Acetylcysteine Sandoz 200 mg and 2.5 mL 2 mg / ml Ventoline inhalation. I must take all of this before I even get to eat, I can not eat with this ongoing cough and phlegm. Normally I take only 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9 in the morning (and 2 in the evening), and I can take it after breakfast. Now I have ugly side effects of the strong Ventoline, I’m shaky to the point on my hands, when I hold my hand up fingers are shaking by tremor.

I was to the store to buy food today, it was the first time I was out in public since Wednesday, September 7th, I had prepared myself properly with medicine before I went but after 10 minutes in the store I got worsening of the asthma again, wheezing, hoarseness, hard thick mucus and began to sweat as a result of it. Fragrance is in the store too. Asthma is tiring for the body and a stress factor.

I’m tired, I’m fed up, but it is maybe hopefully on right path now, yes except for deterioration today. I’m much better than I was last Saturday, but now it’s harder to breathe again, I’m not fully recovered yet and still more sensitive than usual. An already irritated lungs react more and easier on everything my lungs can not tolerate (like for everyone else with this issue).

Update Saturday, 10th September 2016

Day 9: To the hospital emergency room in the middle of the night

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Lay in bed and crying, sleepy and tired, cough, phlegm, difficulty breathing and wheezing. Called the hospital for help. Was there at 0320 at night. CRP was 5, no bacterial infection or virus. Got inhalation. Oxygen level better. Nursing Sister was wonderfully kind and thoughtful, I am so tired and stressed by all this that I started to cry like a waterfall at the hospital, and nursing sister was so kind and stroked my arm and my shoulder and comforted me. Home again at 0450. Did not sleep this night.

Now it’s a little beyond the day and I have a little burning in the airways, breathing difficulties are right now small because of the medicine, but I still need to use the strong Ventoline 2.5 ml 2 mg / ml solution for inhalation with nebulizer to thrive. When medication decreases in effect, as will cough grow back, and I cough up phlegm, and besides that I feel a burning sensation in the lungs, and it is the tipping point for whether it goes wrong or not. Just a little needed to tipping it over the wrong way. It’s hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it themselves, but it feels much like; Imagine that you have a fire you will ignite, there is a little flare and it is either to burn or die out, and that’s just the way it is now that the smallest can make the asthma worsen, so I have to take medicine to not be hurt worse. Normally I manage myself using a regular inhaler to take away small problems and have good breath with PEF 500, but not now because of this perfume. And even cooking food can be a worsening problem since it gives away cookery fumes, but one have to eat. Heavy medication and sick leave.

Update Sunday, 11 September 2016

Day 10: Woke up this morning with very much lung congestion and constriction, to explain what it sounded like; almost like a car having starting problems, the dense raspy sound when the car does not get air and the feeling is as if the lungs were filled with insulating material. I have gotten worsening again. The drugs I have does not do the job good enough so I have to go to the doctor again tomorrow.

You have to understand that asthma is not like a light headache you can just take a pill for and everything will be over. The inflammation that are in the lungs of allergens and irritants caused by content ones health can not tolerate stick for several days. It is an inflammation of the lung airways and as known inflammation takes long time to go away. So please show consideration!

Update Monday, 12 September 2016

Day 11: I went to my doctor and was ordained stronger and more medicine plus lung x-ray at the hospital. I told my doctor that the medicine I get at the hospital works better so now I take Atrovent 2.0 ml 0.25 mg / ml to be mixed with my Ventoline 2.5 ml of 2 mg / ml and inhaled – and lungs are X-rayed.

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In addition he said, “-NO WORK THIS WEEK!” and put me on sick leave to the end of the week.

Something positive I spotted at the hospital was this:

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It is wonderful to find that ones hospital is tuff. Note says;

“Hello!!
Do you believe the cigarett butt (you throw away) removes itself???!!! SMOKE FREE!!!”

I can only applaud them. 👍👏👏👏👏👏👏

Update Tuesday, September 13 2016

Day 12: This night I have actually been able to sleep the whole night through, finally! I woke up at 0700. I believe it is the new medicine. I am still coughing and it is coming mucus when I cough but the new medicine helps a lot.

Today’s medicine doses: 20 mg Prednisolone, 10 mg Singulair, 10 mg Ceterizin, 2 x Symbicort Forte 320/9 (also in the evening), Acetylcystein Sandoz 200 mg, 2,5 ml 2 mg / ml Ventoline mixed with Atrovent 2,0 ml 0,25 mg / ml inhalation every 4th – 5th hour, and in addition the Ventoline when needed, and this I will have to take from now on, til I get symtom free.

Though I have a serious voice issue. One need air to be able to talk okay, and having an asthma attack one is also affected on the voice. Since I still have breathing issues even though I have new medicine, my voice is affected. This video was recorded today right before taking a new dose of medicine after 5 hours. The video is subtitled in English, if it does appear directly, please press the subtitle card at the lower right corner of the video. Learn more about asthma, constricted airways and the voice here:

Update Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Day 13: I have been able to scale down a bit on Ventoline, I think it is thanks to the new Atrovent that I have received, it got a longer duration. The asthma cools off but  I am not well yet (eg. Symtom free when asthma is chronic).

I have not slept well last night, the increased drug dosage has given me the side effects of dry mouth, I woke up several times a night and been dry as a desert in the mouth and have had to get up to eat and drink something to stop it.

I must increase Symbicort Forte 320/9 to 3 x 2 doses a day, it is the preventive medicine.

The voice is still not good, but I cough not as much and bad anymore, at least not as long as I take medicine. But man am I blue under my eyes, this has been a hart time.

Maybe it goes right way now?

Update Thursday, 15 September 2016

Day 14: I still takes the same medicines, but I took an extra dose of Atrovent + Ventoline last night (ie a total of 5 doses instead of 4), and it seems as if it works. This morning when I woke up coughing I only coughed more easy but I was very dry in the mouth because of the side effects of the medicine. Though, when medication decreases in strength after a few hours when I get a burning experience in the lungs and harder to breathe, to explain how the burning sensation feels like; it is as if I have throat burn in the lungs. The burning sensation decreases in strength when I take medicine. I get in between doses of medication heavy breathing, and when I was at the store today it was bad, and my voice bar not and it was difficult to talk. Tonight I have “throat burn” in the lungs, not so hard time to breathe, I have just taken more medicine. But it seems as if the medication is doing its job when I slowly being better than I was, so I’ll take a extra dose this night as well. 5 times a day is really more than the doctor said I should take, but 4 is too little, to help myself so I take 5. The extra dose I take at night because otherwise there will be too many hours without inhalation during the night. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow again. I am not well yet.

Update Friday, 16 September 2016

Day 15: Today I was at the doctor, he listened to the lungs, it was done spirometry, and I will be remitted to a specialist. I am still very sensitive in my asthma for slightest impact. Because of that it is dangerous to go too long on Prednisone it is now removed from my medicines. I continue as usual with the other medicines. I am on sick leave ’til 26.9.

Update Saturday, 17 September 2016

Day 16: I woke up at 0600 and took all pills and Symbicort Forte 320/9 medication, and then and fell asleep again.

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Woke with heavy breathing and had to take inhalation. Before this happened, I have normally been able to just take some Symbicort Forte 320/9 and my asthma and allergy pills in the morning, now I have to use heavy emergency medicine before breakfast. I’m starting to worry that I  maybe have gotten a chronic deterioration by the chemical substances were sprayed into the air, wilI I have to have it like this in the future?

Update Monday, 19 September 2016

Day 18: I did not update yesterday, it has not happened much. I’ll still take Ventoline + Atrovent in addition to the usual dose of asthma and allergy medicines, because if I do not then I get easily deterioration. As long as I take medicine so it works. Though, I’m still very easily affected by irritants and allergens in the air, much more than before, so the doctor has decided that I should stay home until it has stabilized. Like this I have not had it before this happened, I was very sensitive, but it’s worse now. I was  also remitted by my doctor to a lung specialist in town, they called from lung specialist today, I have gotten an appointment on Friday.

If I have gotten permanent injury, whom should I report and sue? I can not let this go unnoticed. It is not okay it being like this in society, and what if I have gotten an injury that lower my ability to work? I can not help thinking of this.

Update Friday, 23 September 2016

Day 22: Today I went to the lung specialist as my GP Remitted me and it was a rewarding meeting in several ways. Firstly I got to do more breathing tests than I have ever done before, in fact, more thoroughly than it was done by the lung clinic when I was there a few years ago. In total the new lung clinic did 3 different breathing tests, spirometry and two others: one for normal calm breathing where I also should hold my breath for 7 seconds and then breathe again, and another test that simulated stair climbing with heavy breathing and full constriction (machine simulated breathing stopped and me had to breathe against it). Then I met the doctor who turned out to be the same doctor who remitted me to The Occupational Injury Department at Trondheim Hospital about 2008/2009, fun he was know from before.

Much chatting about asthma and what happened to me on September 2, which was why I was sent to him. Since I blogged last Monday the 19th of September, my breathing improved considerably and I have been able to cut out the inhalation of the strong Ventoline and Atrovent on a regular basis, now it’s only once in between i use it. Breathing tests I did showed that I have regained breathability. It sits on about 95% of 100% now, and it’s good, and I hope it gets even better. It should probably work if I stay away from everything, and that means all situations which means contact with what my health can not tolerate, and that means even people using fragrance and fragrance products. Now I take only my regular medication Symbicort Forte 320/9, Singulair, Ceterizin and a small dash with the regular inhaler, as I did before I got sick the September 2nd. Since Friday, I have only used the strong medicines 2-3 times, which is a major advance.

We also came to talk the doctor and I about Symbicort Forte, he said it contains a long time preventive working kind of Ventoline which is one of the components of Symbicort Forte. This was news to me. I also read earlier at Medicines Agency about Ventoline that if you have to take too much of Ventoline when the body can get used to the medication and then lose the effect.  I found that when I also take a large dose of Symbicort Forte containing a kind of long-acting Ventoline plus had to take such large quantities of the strong inhalation aerosol Ventoline, so had the body certainly had been given too much and cut out the effect of it, and that’s why I had to get Atrovent. Atrovent has helped me a lot. Thanks to Atrovent I’ve got track of it, and I could cut down on the amount Ventoline. Now I struggle no more with side effects. Asthma and the medical profession is more complicated than you think. Today I have just taken one single dose of Ventoline + Atrovent. If it continue as good as now the next few days then I’ll work on Tuesday. :)

What is fragrance?

Learn from Professor Anne Steinemann at Melbourne University (click the link for more info about her). It is easy to believe that the rules are better in Europe and Scandinavia, but the fact is that the industry is not required to tell you the contents of the hidden word perfume. This you find here:

I want a prohibition

I want it to be prohibited perfuming indoor air, and that it should be forbidden to wash with perfumed cleaning products and the use of spray bottles to clean where the public have access and else go. I am aming at that a ban would only strengthen the rights of us with asthma and other lung diseases, allergies, mcs, shr and other sensitivities. According to Universal Design and Accessibility Act § 9, and the UN declaration of Accessibility and Universal Design, it is already forbidden to use so that a prohibition in practice on scented products will only strengthen the laws already in place. It’s a hassle having to fight alone and opt for equality and availability to the Equality and Availability ombudsman every time there is such hinder as fragrance polluted air, so that we will not have to fight a daily battle, it should be availability also for us and we should not have to become sick.

Also read:

“Known health risks – It is already known that there is a link between the use of cleaning sprays and increased risk of asthma.” (in Norwegian)
For this article I can add my own experience: I used JIF spray cleaning products in my work as a cleaner from 2005 -2007 and it adds up and become a lot in 8 hours full time use. I was healthy and had no asthma when I started in the job and after two years I had developed asthma. I read so the safety data sheets for JIF manufactured and sold by LiIleborg AS, and there stood that it contains substances that can trigger allergies, so Lilleborg AS is lying in the article, they know very well that it is not harmless. This information is not given in the store, you have to find it in the product safety data sheets, and this is most likely true for most products. There were other things that were aerosol also that we used and so were there people who smoked too (I’ve never been smoking it was passive smoke). It was too much for my health. So dear ones who read, do think and care about yours and others health, I can sign that when you become sick in asthma then it is something that persist for life, and you will be sensitive to very much. So dear, take this seriously. And I refer you again to Husbanken.no information developed in cooperation with NAAF (in Norwegian).

And why do I share now this personal information? Because I want you to understand the seriousness.

In fresh air, I am healthy, and in polluted air I am ill, it is so really simple.

Fragrancing of the air is a violation of the law.

Annelie Molin

There is a Swedish law act against discrimination on disability in Sweden too;

Lack of accessibility is a form of discrimination. As of January 1, 2015 introduced a lack of accessibility as a new form of discrimination in the Discrimination Act. Lack of accessibility means that a person with a disability is disadvantaged by not having taken reasonable measures for accessibility to the person in question will be in a comparable situation to people without such disabilities.
The word disability replaced with “decreased function ability” in the discrimination Act, the Equality Ombudsman, the Education Act and the Act on the employment and hiring of workers.

◾(Prop. 2013/14: 198)
◾Act (2014: 958) on the amendment to the Discrimination Act (2008: 567)
◾Act (2014: 959) amending the Act (2008: 568) concerning Discrimination Ombudsman
◾Act (2014: 960) amending the Education Act (2010: 800)
◾Act (2014: 961) amending the Act (2012: 854) regarding the employment and hiring of workers.
Source: notisum.se/News.aspx?itemid=11999

What is universal design, accessibility and reasonable measures?

Sweden and the EU, together with 160 other countries have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This commitment means that states are responsible for implementing universal design, accessibility and reasonable measures.

The application of universal design means that all new products, services, environments and applications designed to be used by all the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialized design. When developing new products, services, environments and programs target all people.

The point is that we as users have different functional capabilities and characteristics. In this way, we create a society where everyone can participate equally. Producers, authorities and companies can also achieve far more. Accessibility as a group is an entitlement. To create complete accessibility is an unconditional obligation of States to gradually remove existing obstacles in buildings, transportation, information and communications, including information technology and products and services aimed at the general public. Costs should not be an argument against this, the State has the responsibility to ensure protection against discrimination” HSO.se

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Help someone with asthma

What to do?

You can actually make a huge difference for everyone having asthma so they become more healthy and get a better life. Yes You!

What is asthma?

How to recognize asthma?

I know this person

If you know the person, ask what the person can not tolerate, allergies and other stuff they get sick from. When a person have asthma even things they are not allergic to can make their airways kick back and make trouble in form of an asthma attack. When you know what the person get sick from keep this away from the person at all times. If it is something you use yourself. STOP! even if you think in your own mind that it must be a silly thing.

I do not know this person

Around you there are many people who have asthma. One count that about 20-25 % of the population in a country have asthma. Worldwide (numbers from 2011) 300 million people have asthma, in Europe (counting from 2014) approximately 30 million people have asthma, and it is estimated that around 2036 about 400 million people will have asthma worldwide (information from World Health Organization WHO, Ginasthma.com, and EFA). In Norway for example there is in 2015 about 5 million people. 20 % out of 5 million people (counting low) is 1 million people who have asthma (5.000.000 x 0,20 = 1.000.000). How many live in your country? Count how many ( x million people times 0,xx equals?) So you see out of the hundred of people you see around you about 20 of those have asthma. And that is if we count low with 20 %. That is 20 people! So what can you do for all of those?

The nature of asthma is like this:

A person can be allergic to different things that causes asthma attacks, and in addition there are substances that causes irritation to the airways in the lungs causing asthma attacks even if the person is not allergic to them. Asthma comes in 4 different levels from mild to severe. Asthma can be deadly. To live you must be able to breathe, and the nature of asthma is trouble breathing. Think about this when you travel in the room where the public have access, and also in your home if your friends or family have asthma.

Common triggers for asthma:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Vaping – some but not all react to vaping
  • Fragrance (both male and female scents) – both from the bottle and added to other products.
  • Incense
  • Scented candles and candles
  • Air fragrance, also known as signature scent
  • Airfreshener – what you use to hide bad odor or to fragrance the room
  • Animals – most common is fur and birds. But remember that it is not only the fur and the feathers that is source for the allergy, saliva and skin dandruff too.
  • Food – most commonly known is nuts and peanuts and that is both the whole nut or added to food and oils. Nut allergy can be fatal both taken in and airborne. But even milk, egg, fish and other foods can give such reaction both by eating it and airborne.
  • Exhaust from vehicles, both diesel and gasoline, and maybe others. Gas – actually most people have it bad from gas, but people with asthma have it even worse since they do not tolerate even smaller amounts.
  • Gassing from stuff – it can be gas from filling petrol, diesel, oil, alcohols, solvents, new plastic, cleaning products, ammonia, among many other things.
  • Dust of various kinds, not only house dust.
  • Pollen
  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Evaporates

So how can you make the world better for a person having asthma to avoid the person get an asthma attack? It is actually rather easy.

  • Do not smoke or vape around other people. Smoke outside away from entrances and ask before you light a cigarette or e-cigarette.
  • Cut out the fragrance and fragranced products, only use fragrance free. The emissions, pollution, from fragrance and fragrance products cause asthma attacks. If you use fragrance and someone tells you to stay clear it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.  Take the hint and go fragrance free.
  • Do not use incense, it pollutes the air. A sensitive person gets asthma attacks from it (even outdoors). If a person tells you not to use it, it is not to be rude, it is not to be against your religion, it is to stay healthy.
  • Do not use candles and scented candles since they emit a lot of invisible chemicals to the air that triggers an asthma attack. And the smoke from putting them out is just as bad.
  • Airfresheners, products giving away scent and signature scent for marketing is a big no! no! it goes under the same as Fragrance.
  • Turn the engine off as soon as you have stopped the car.
  • Think of fire smoke and other kinds of smoke, gas and off-gassing as pollution and keep such away from others. Ask before you do something that can emit to the air.
  • Avoid if possible to bring animals where there are a lot of people. A rather big percent of the 20 % of the population is allergic. That also goes for your clothes if  you have been around animals. Change your clothes to allergen free clothes and wash yourself.
  • Flowers are lovely, unfortunately many is allergic, so if possible try to keep the flowers packed in during transport home. And if you are going to give someone flowers, ask if they are allergic to it before buying it. Maybe something else is a better gift?
  • Dust and dirty – Keep the place clean from dust, but use as less chemicals as possible to get as clean air as possible. Cleaning and washing agents goes under the same as fragrance products, it causes asthma attacks. Go fragrance free here!
  • Pollen, yes it is a natural thing and not your fault. What you can do is to think of all that is allergic to it, do not brush or dust it off indoors, and if someone tells you to hand your coat outside it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.
  • Food – Avoid eating where other people travel the society. Of cource you can eat in a restaurant or a cafe’, but avoid eating other places. Rather many get sick from airborne food emits, and when you eat you might get it on handles, seating, doors and so on, and the next one get it on their hands and then in their mouth for example (grown and children).

Remember that things that emits and evaporates to the air can be for sensitive people as pollution regardless of the smell. It is not the smell that hurts it is what is in the smell. We are constructed to breathe air, nothing else. If someone tells you – No!, it is not to be rude, it is to stay healthy. Avoid to have things that evaporate and emits to the air where the public is. Make the air as fresh as possible without additives, additives that is for all of us sensitive nothing more than pollution. Maybe it is a new way of thinking for you, but regardless what you think of it, it is all sensitive persons reality. If you adopt the way of thinking you can make the air cleaner and fresher for us all to breathe. In that way you can help us stay healthy. In polluted air we get sick, in fresh air we are healty. It is that simple. Have a nice day. / Annelie


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Om ICD-10 kode J44a -46 Astma
Astma er en kronisk betennelsestilstand i luftveiene, vanligvis assosiert med hyperreaktiv luftveisrespons og variabel luftmengdeobstruksjon. Kronisk betennelse og det faktum at musklene rundt bronkiene kramper gir obstruksjon (hindrer  normal pust).

I NAAF kampanjer og andre organisasjoners astma og allergikampanjer ser man ofte utsagnet:

“Astma er INGEN hindring…”

Det er i grunn skitprat at astma er INGEN hindring. Jeg har astma og astma er en hindring å gjøre mange ting. Derimot skal man ikke la seg hindre å forsøke så får man se om det går så lenge som det er trygt. Men også med medisin så er det en hindring i mange høve. Det er bra å peppe folk å tørre å forsøke ting, men det gir også signaler til alle de som ikke har peiling på hva astma er, dvs de som ikke har astma, at tro at astma er som en bitte liten forkjølelse. Det gir inntrykket at bare ta en pille du så kan du gjøre hva du vil. At så lenge som den som har astma tar en pille så kan alle andre drive på som de vil. At det kun er astmatikerens ansvar å holde seg frisk. At det bare er å ta seg en pille, det er FEIL mine damer og herrer. Noe nyansering vil være på sin plass.

“Astma svekker skole- og arbeidsprestasjoner og det sosiale liv. Fysisk livskvalitet er svekket av bronkiale symptomer, det sosiale liv er også svekket av rhinitt.” (WHO 2007)

Astma er en potensielt dødelig sjukdom, det er noe som Norges Astma og allergiforbund NAAF  i alle regioner i Norge feiler eller unnlater å fortelle folk. 300 000 000 (300 millioner) mennesker verden over har astma og 250 000 personer dør i astma hvert år (tall fra WHO. Kroniske lungesjukdommer står for ca 7 % av dødsfallene i verden. (WHO) Continue reading


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Why do we need fresh air?

I was talking to a person I know very well today that have not been taken care of their asthma lately and had a violent asthma attack yesterday. Too few understand how dangerous this is, that goes both for them who are sick in asthma and those around who have not.

Why do we need fresh air?

About 20 % of inhabitants in society have asthma, and more are getting it from year to year.

When a person having asthma is exposed to allergens and irritants and stuff that the lungs is ill from MUCUS is formed in the lungs and clogs the airways. In addition to the mucus clogging the bronchies (airways in the lungs) cramp due to muscles around the airway cramping making the already mucus filled airways even tighter. This is what makes it hard to breathe. It is also important to note oneself that even insensitive and uncaring behaviour that cause emotional stress to a person having asthma can cause the same Health issue.

This is what happens if a person having asthma is subjected to airborn allergens and irritants, or eating something they get sick from, and it worsen by the hour they are subjected to it.

If the person do not get treatment this is what happen:

1 The asthma attack is sneaking on the person making it hard to breathe until he /she get too little oxygen and ultimately die from it.

2 Have a acute asthma attack that is very violent, with violent coughing, violent breathing problems, muscle cramps and ace, it is easy to spot and in the long run just as deadly. Often you can not stand up straight because you cough so violently.

3 A combination of the two above.

4 Anaphylactic shock. Death comes quickly.

So before you say “take a pill” and “let me smoke and fragrance in Peace”, give us fresh air. That is what we need!


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Prednisolon and asthma

I meet people both online and offline who complaint over not getting relieve and enough medicine by their doctor. Part of my mission here is to tell you about your possibilities for help.

Prednisolon

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Prednisolon is cortisone, and a pill you take when your asthma symptoms worsen and you feel your inhaler do not help. This is a pill that work from the inside to break down the infection in your lungs.

Properties
Potent synthetic glucocorticoid with little mineralocorticoid effect. Approx. 4-5 times more potent than hydrocortisone / cortisone.

Pharmacokinetics
Bioavailability is 80-100% by oral administration. Extensively metabolized in the liver via CYP3A4 to inactive metabolites. Excreted by the kidneys, ca. 20% unmetabolized. The half-life is about. 3 hours.

If you got periods that are bad and it seem to not stop, ask you doctor for Prednisolon. This you should take in addition to your other medicines.

You should not need to suffer unnecessarily.

Call your doc, and have a nice day!

Annelie

Note! before you use it read in about it carefully, and follow doctors orders.

Pharma source: http://legemiddelhandboka.no/Legemidler/44199

http://www.felleskatalogen.no/medisin/prednisolon-takeda-nycomed-562951

Egenskaper:

Klassifisering: Syntetisk glukokortikoid med antiinflammatorisk og immunsuppressiv effekt. Prednisolon og prednison har hhv. 5 og 4 ganger sterkere antiinflammatorisk effekt enn hydrokortison. Den mineralkortikoide (saltretinerende) effekt er noe mindre enn hydrokortisonets. Virkningsmekanisme: Stimulerer sannsynligvis transkripsjonen, dvs. dannelse av mRNA kodet av DNA. Påvirker dannelsen av cellefunksjonsregulerende proteiner med resulterende katabolsk effekt i knokler, brusk, muskel, hud, lymfe, fett og bindevev, anabolsk effekt i lever. Absorpsjon: Nesten fullstendig. Proteinbinding: Ca. 90%. Halveringstid: Prednisolon ca. 3 timer. Utskillelse: I urinen som frie og konjugerte metabolitter. Ca. 20% utskilles som ukonjugert prednisolon.

Bivirkninger av Prednisolon

Bivirkninger:

Avhengige av dosering og behandlingstid. Hyppige (>1/100): Endokrine: Hemning av egen ACTH- og kortisolutskillelse, Cushinglignende symptombilde. Hud: Hudatrofi, nedsatt sårtilheling. Metabolske: Hypokalemi, natriumretensjon, økt glukoneogenese, katabolske effekter, osteoporose, ulcerøs kolitt. Muskel-skjelettsystemet: Muskelatrofi. Sirkulatoriske: Hypertoni. Øvrige: Ødem. Veksthemning (hos barn), hemning av infeksjonsforsvaret, aktivering av infeksjoner (f.eks. tuberkulose). Mindre hyppige: Psykiske: Aktivering av tidligere psykiske forstyrrelser (høydose). Syn: Glaukom, bakre katarakt. Øvrige: Trombose. Sjeldne (<1/1000): Benign intrakraniell hypertensjon.

H02A B:

Glukokortikoider
  Toksisitet for gruppen: Ingen forgiftningsfare ved akutt overdose selv ved høye doser. Akutt overdose kan muligens forverre underliggende sykdom som ulcus, elektrolyttforstyrrelser, infeksjoner og ødem.
  Klinikk for gruppen: Gjentatte store doser metylprednisolon har gitt leverpåvirkning. Andre symptomer er ev. hyperglykemi og ketoacidose. Bradyarytmier, ventrikulære arytmier og hjertestans er observert ved i.v. tilførsel av store doser metylprednisolon og deksametason.
  Behandling for gruppen: Ventrikkeltømming og kull sjelden indisert. Ev. symptomatisk behandling.


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Embarrassed over asthma… – by Annelie Molin

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.)

~o~

Writing is a struggle against silence. ~ Carlos Fuentes


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Optichamber mask + AeronebGo nebulizer

A tip! If you got an Optichamber with a facemask at home you can use the mask together with your AeronebGo nebulizer. Just change the mouth piece to a thin round one and add the mask in a suitable position.

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Add medicine, start the nebulizer, and put the mask to your face and inhale. It works very good!

This I have actually found out myself. :)

Read about

Hva er astma? What is Asthma?
Asthma – What is?
Educational image on asthma
Asthma treatment – PEF, Peak flow, Optichamber, asthma medicine
AeronebGo
Optichamber mask + AeronebGo nebulizer
Optichamber Inhalation chamber and how to make best use of your medicine


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AeronebGo nebulizer and Ventoline – by Annelie Molin

If you feel your asthma medicine is not enough and you in spite of trying to avoid what make you ill, and take your medicine get a tight chest, cough, asthma attacks a.s.o you are maybe under medicated.

Then you should contact your doctor and ask him/her to send you to the pulmonary clinic where you live, and ask them to please give you stronger medicine. Stronger medicine than an ordinary inhalor is dozed by a nebulizer.

AeronebGo is used with acute inhale medicine like for example Ventoline, or other brand.

The good thing about using a nebulizer to doze your Ventoline is that it reaches the lungs easier and make a better result than an inhalor.

There are 3 types of Ventoline for home use. Ventoline Discus, Ventoline Inhalor and nebulizer with Ventoline:

To reduce my own visits to the hospital and keep me more healthy I have been granted a AeronebGo with 2 mg/ml Ventoline. Now I can take care of most problems at home, on the go, or at work and do not need to go to the hospital unless it get very bad. This is really good.

So if you spot me smoking a pipe… It is not a pipe, it is not tobacco, it is not an electrical pipe, it is not vaping, it is not a water pipe, it is not drugs, but it is only asthma medicine to keep me ok in life and able to work.

If you got a problem with under treated asthma, try to get stronger medicine and your own nebulizer. But still it is very important to avoid what you get ill from.

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A wonderful invention. Thanks to the inventer. AeronebGo and Ventoline, it is a life saver. Thank you! :)

Hva er astma? What is Asthma?
Asthma – What is?
Educational image on asthma
Asthma treatment – PEF, Peak flow, Optichamber, asthma medicine
AeronebGo
Optichamber mask + AeronebGo nebulizer
Optichamber Inhalation chamber and how to make best use of your medicine
/ Annelie


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Plumbing and asthma – by Annelie Molin

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Jeg forklarte for en jeg kjenner idag hvordan det fungerer med astma og allergi, og jeg fant ut at forklaringa var så enkel og genial at jeg velger å skrive den her også (men tilpasset for å fjerne personlige informasjon og detaljer om min venn).

Generelt hva gjelder astma så er vel svaret at “mange bekker små”… Det betyr att hyppig liten påvirkning gjør sjuk i lengda. Jeg merker av når jeg har vært hyppig utsatt for små doser. Det funker jo slik at når man bruker noe av det en med astma blir sjuk av, da gasser det av litt til en del og det puster man inn. En som har astma reagerer på stoffer helt ned til 0,02 ppm. Det er derfor jeg har vært nødt å fjerne alt slik hjemme hos meg og kun bruke Neutral som er merket som er godkjent av Astma og Allergiforbundet.

Derfor kan jeg på generelt grunnlag si at det

  • beste er om man røyker ute. Aller best er om du slutter å røyke.
  • at man kun bruker produkter som er godkjent for astma og allergi av Astma og Allergiforbundet. Mange produsenter kan hevde på pakken at det er allergivennlig, men kun det som er godkjent av Astma og Allergiforbundet er å stole på. Bruker du slike produkter da har du et astma og allergivennlig hjem for deg selv, dine kjære, og dine venner.

Fakta om astma er at det fungerer slik som med avløpsrør. De stoffene man er kjenslig for, om man blir eksponert litt og ofte, da blir det som med avløpsrør som blir tette. Og da man er blitt påvirket lenge så tetter røra. Og det løsner ikke før man fjerner det som gjør en dårlig. Medisin er bra, men det gjør en ikke frisk. Det letter bare problemen for stunden. Det eneste som egentlig hjelper er luft uten stoffene man blir dårlig av. Enkleste måten å si det på.

In English

I explained today for someone I know how it works with asthma and allergies, and I found that the explanation was so simple and brilliant that I will write it here too (some customed to remove personal information and details about my friend.)

In general terms asthma is explained that “every little bit counts” .. It does all frequent small impact does ill in the long run. I for example notice when I have been frequently exposed to small doses. It just works so that when you use any of it with allergens the asthmatic person get sick from, such gases evaporates  and it is inhaled. One who has asthma respond to substances down to 0.02 ppm. That is why I have been forced to remove everything of such chems, so in my home and only use Neutral marked approved by the Asthma and Allergy Association.

Therefore I can say in general terms that

■ it is best if you smoke outside. And very best if you quit smoking all together.
■ that you should only use products that are approved for asthma and allergy sufferers of the Asthma and Allergy Association. Many manufacturers claim on the package that it is hypoallergenic, but only that which is approved by the Asthma and Allergy Association is really trustworthy. Are you using these products then you have an asthma and allergy friendly home for yourself, your loved ones and your friends.

Facts about asthma is that it works just like the drain pipe. The material we are sensitive to, if you get a little and often, then it will be like with pipes that are clogged. And when people have been affected so long the piping clogg. And it does not come off until you remove what makes asthma breakout and give symptomes. Medicine is good, but it does not heal the person. It eases the problems for moment. The only thing that really helps is air free of material we who got asthma get sick from. Easiest way to put it.


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GINA – Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention

GINA Report, Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention

Please reference this document as follows: From the Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2011. Available from: http://www.ginasthma.org/.

Asthma is a serious global health problem. People of all ages in countries throughout the world are affected by this chronic airway disorder that, when uncontrolled, can place severe limits on daily life and is sometimes fatal. The prevalence of asthma is increasing in most countries, especially among children. Asthma is a significant burden, not only in terms of health care costs but also of lost productivity and reduced participation in family life.

GINA’s Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention presents a comprehensive plan to manage asthma with the goal of reducing chronic disability and premature deaths while allowing patients with asthma to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

GINA is one of the founding participants in the World Health Organization’s  Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD).

The goal of this effort is to improve collaboration between already existing governmental and non-governmental programs against chronic respiratory diseases. Improved coordination will help use resources efficiently and avoid duplication of efforts.

Ultimately, the participants will develop a comprehensive global approach to the prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases, with a special emphasis on developing countries.

GINA give you information on how to best manage your asthma both for your own sake and as information to your doctor and lung specialists. Do you got a problem with your asthma? This give you information about your rights and management and prevention ff asthma. Do check this out.

Please visit www.ginasthma.org for more information
http://www.ginasthma.org/guidelines-gina-report-global-strategy-for-asthma.html

http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics.aspx

Source: GINA and WHO


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Asthma vs. Doping

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Iflg. Antidoping Norge er jeg dopet fordi jeg bruker Ventoline astmaspray, så om jeg ville deltake i Birkebeineren eller andre arrangementer så fikk jeg ikke det.

fra Antidoping Norges dopingliste:
Ventoline mikstur salbutamol S3.Beta2-agonister
Ventoline Depot salbutamol S3.Beta2-agonister

Andre astmamedisiner som står på dopinglisten til Antidoping Norge er Bricanyl m.fl.
http://www.antidoping.no/internett/medisinsk-info/legemiddellisten/#s

Nyhetsartikkel: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hedmark_og_oppland/1.8290404

In English

Today I read a news article. Some people never stop to amaze me. The Norwegian Anti-Doping association lists a number of medicines as doping. Among those you find common asthma medicine inhalors as Ventoline and Bricanyl.

View the medicine list from Anti-Doping Norway:
http://www.antidoping.no/internett/medisinsk-info/legemiddellisten/#s

News article: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hedmark_og_oppland/1.8290404


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Medicines solves all? – by Annelie Molin

Take a pill!

Sometimes I get provoked. That happens when I get a comment like ” Take a pill and medicine”  and you will not have any trouble kind of attitudeabout asthma and allergy. This last time I heard it from NAV (Norwegian Social Security office).

There is a common belief that medicine solves all problems when it comes to asthma and that everyone and every place around can carry on like always and before. That is so further from the truth as you can come. And the worst thing is that even the professionals seem to believe medicine is the overall solution when it comes to asthma.

They are right in that medicines helps, so far so good, but it do not clear away any obstacle.

Like for me. I know (March 2012) take the highest dose of  one of the strongest available asthma inhaler Symicort Turbuhaler 160/4,5 with 3 inhales taken 3 times a day, and in addition to that I take SingulAir 10 mg x 1. Still I get heavy breathing, and even more when subjected to allergens and irritants. Like today I have like a cotton boll rumbling around in my lungs making it harder to breathe, and I just took my medicine 30 minutes ago.

So when NAV and the professionals, or any other say I will be all fine as long as I take my medicines, I get provoked. Surely they may not have asthma, and surely not my asthma, since they do not know better. Still on this high doses of asthma medicines I still get chokes from my asthma when I get in touch with (eg. inhale) any of the stuff I get sick from. This may hinder me to do some things. That make it a disability, and the disability do not entirely go away because of constant medicine use. It can also hinder me from doing some work, even if not every job. Sometimes I have to ask my colleges to do stuff for me, like going down in the basement and get toilet paper in the storage room because of mold there, I have been through not being able to start my route directly because of perfumed colleges who sat there, or passengers perfumed, but had to wait ’til I had aired out the bus/car, I have been forced to stay home from company events because of asthma and air pollution in form of third hand smoke and also fragrance, and probably I have to decline the offer to drive some tourist routes because of the tourists fascination of perfume, they shower in it.

I am only healthy when I take my medicine AND are able to AVOID and stay away from the chemicals and substanses that make me sick.

But of course, without medicines if would be A LOT worse. Without medicines I would be really sick everyday, and off medicines over time my lungs would probably suffocate me.

And again, it is also depending on what you get sick from. And how? It has to do with the situation you get exposed in. Is the allergen and irritant on every person or most persons? Is it all year around or only seasonal? And are the asthmatic person subjected to it all over? Long term is worse than really short term when it comes to being subjected to what make you ill. Those with seasonal asthma like against pollen are probably symptom free at least half the year, those like me who is sick from chemicals have to avoid it all year around everywhere. For example, only think of how many uses perfume / fragrance in any form? Or how many locations are cleaned with fragrance cleaning agents and strong cleaning agents?

It is a good thing listening to those who got asthma themselves.

Medicines do not solve all difficulties about asthma, but yes it helps oneself to not totally choke on it when you are able to avoid what make you sick. This means that even if you avoid what makes you sick when you do not take your medicine you would get sick. I have actually tried it a period of time a long time ago and I can tell you that is no good idea. I ended up with a hugh asthma attack. That is the brutal truth about how asthma works.

So I take my medicine and I try to avoid what make me sick as much as possible. If I meat it at you, I may have to avoid you. And still I try to do whatever I am able to, and I will not stop working, but yes asthma is a disability, and it strikes in a way others who do not have asthma can imagine. When you get affected by an allergen or an irritant you have to escape the premises, and then take your medicines, and you can not enter the place again before the allergen or irritant is gone. In a job situation that can be a bit tricky depending on the situation and location. Is it possible to escape the location and leave the person? Surely one would leave anyway, but just as well. Is it in-doors or out-doors, is it windy or still? Out doors when the wind is blowing allergens and irritants fly away faster. In-doors it is locked in the room, and not even a good ventilation is good enough to carry the allergen or irritant away. This is why I for example want a fragrance free and tobacco free world, it would really help a lot. Fragrance and tobacco is the two most common things, besides other chems that pollutes the air for me and commonly force me to escape the premises.

When an asthmatic tells you something is bad and pollutes, do listen, it is those with sensitive lungs that learn it the hard way.

And sometimes I turn the thing around on its head and say,

– It is not my asthma that is the problem, but he pollution that prohibit me from going anywhere and doing what ever I want or need to do.

It is like with stairs and a wheel chair. The person in a wheel chair can go about anywhere as long as the floor or the ground allows it. It is just the same way with me. Where the air is fresh and clean I can be any time.

Problem is that the air is not always fresh and clean, and I myself can not alone choose when it is, that others do for me.

https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/asthma-a-handicap/
https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/dodging-bullets/

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“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing,
but in the midst of living.”  ~ Anais Nin


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To the emergency room with asthma attack

Now it is 02.25 at night and I have just gotten home from the emergency room at the hospital. I got medicine from the inhaling machine.

I had a tight chest and when I arrived the nurse did not seem to believe me. She said it does not sound like an asthma cough. Well, it is I said, my asthma sounds like that.

She took the CRP like they always do to check if I got an infection going on. CRP showed zero, nothing. The doctor on watch listened to my lungs and asked me to take deep breaths. I do breathe as deep as I can, I said. He looked a little strangely at me. Wonder what he thought? I do not know, he did not say anything. He went out the room and told the nurse it is asthma, and then told her what to give me.

I was placed on the bed. Been here, done this many times now. The nurse filled the container on the machine with liquid medicine and started the machine. I got a mask to put on, and the machine started to make the liquid to something that can best be described as mist. This I inhaled. I sat there on the bed for 5-10 minutes inhaling the mist and I felt I could breathe deeper for every breath. When the container was empty, I paid, talked to the doctor and went home.

So now I am home feeling much better. No heavy breath, not tight chest, no cough, feeling almost brand new. :)

There is a lesson in this also. When I talked to the doctor he told me that when I get a cold I must be aware that the cold can trigger the asthma to break out. Therefor I must get treatment if it takes to long. The cold can turn into asthma attacks instead. Meaning that if one get a cold, and the cold passes (no bugs any longer and CRP is ok) and one continue coughing it has turned in to asthma problems. And I believe him. I felt like someone standing on my chest before I went to the emergency room. Now I feel like I have no cough at all and I can breathe freely. The cough was asthma.

If I feel this fine all day through tomorrow to I will go to work Thursday.

I am so happy there is medicine.


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Asthma treatment – PEF, Peak flow, Optichamber, asthma medicine

So what to do about it?

Having a cold and a cough that seems to never stop? It might not be a cold as you think, it might be asthma. If you cough and cough without stop over a long period of time you should call your doctor and ask them to make a spirometry test on you. Then they measure how well your lungs work when inhaling and exhaling.

PEF – Peak Flow meter

A portable PEF Peak Flow meter can look like this:

Peak Flow Messurement

This is an instrument used for measuring the airflow. You hold the handle and blow in the front. You get the results at the left side. Here I blow 350 as you see to the left, and the right side shows the normal value for a healthy person.

At the doctor’s office or the hospital they probably have another kind of PEF. A machine you blow into that measures your lung capacity using a computer to take up the measuring.

Measuring is often done over time so that it is possible to see if it is something that is asthma or just a temporary thing. If you work it is wise to check both at home and at work. Then you run two separate test on two separate sheet. This is wise since you then are able to check if the asthma is work related. How to use PEF?

The doctor also checks for allergies in addition to asthma.

If your doctor concludes with that you have asthma then you are put on medication. The modern asthma treatment is made with different possibilities. There are allergy pills, pills for relaxing the bronchi and inhalers used for asthma to reduce inflammation of the bronchi and relieve the cramping muscles round the bronchi.

Asthma can be controlled or managed by using anti-inflammatory medication and making some small or bigger changes to your lifestyle.

The inhaler is a life saver. You should always carry it with you and use it as soon as you feel any wrong in your lungs and breathing. If you get an asthma attack and do not have your medicine you might face getting VERY sick. You might become so sick that you in fact in the long run risk to die. If the lungs stop functioning and can not take up oxygen then the internal organs and the brain get no oxygen and then you can die. How long this take can vary from person to person and how severe kind of asthma you got and how severe kind of a attack you got.

Optichamber – inhalation chamber

Asthma treatment for acute care. The inhalers come with a holder and a gas container. You put the piece in your mouth and press the top of the gas container. It can also be used with a inhalation chamber (foto of Optichamber) as shown in the image. Note that asthma medicine got an expiration date. Do not use old medicine.

An inhaler is asthma medication stored in a container, and when using it then it is administered through the nebulizer in mist-form.

An asthma inhaler can be used with an inhalation chamber as shown below:

An inhaler used together with a inhalation chamber. One press the medicine gas container in the end and then breathe through the mask. This one is mostly used when the person is very ill. This photo was taken in May of 2009. I was very ill and this is not only a demonstration.

The muscles located in the bronchial tubes are constricted during an asthma attack, making it harder for the patient to inhale and exhale air. When using an inhaler you get relaxation of those bronchial muscles allowing air to flow freely through an airway. Some of the medicines also calm the inflammation in the bronchi.

Nebulizer with the hospital

Sometimes the asthma attack get so bad that your own personal inhaler is not enough to give relaxation from the illness. In such cases one must go to the hospital to get more assistans. Such times they measure the amount of oxygenated hemoglobin using finger pulse oximeters. And you get to breathe medicine through a mask from a machine.

This is the machine with our hospital. This kind of machine give you medicine while having an acute asthma attack. This is for the worse case scenario. This photo is taken in 2009 and is an actual ongoing asthma attack.

Home nebulizers

There are nebulizers for home use, even portable ones.

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AeronebGo nebulizer

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Maintain health

What more is important is to eat good and healthy and sleep well. You may experience getting worse in your asthma when you get psychologically / emotional stressed, stress, have not eaten or are tired. Having trouble breathing can in fact make you have problems sleeping well, so taking your medicines is not only important to stagger the asthma, but also to make you sleep easier. It is important to have peace in your life, eat, sleep, and stay away from make you sick. It is also good to do some exercise. You do not need to run a marathon, but walking, bi-cycling and doing normal stuff is great for your health.

Medicines

Some medicines are required to be inhaled, while others are taken as a pil or intravenously. It is of most importance that asthma patients utilize all asthma drugs precisely to medical directions.

There are many kinds of medicines for asthma. Shown below are only some examples. It may vary with what country you live in. Most treatment are similar though, inhalers and pills are used all over the world but the names can be different.

Here are some examples:

Examples of asthma medicines all over the world. Never use asthma medicine that is not given you by a doctor.

There are differences between gas inhalers and turbuhalers. There are three kinds of inhalers.

  • gas form – used to fight a sudden attack
  • pulver – used to long-term treat asthma, often also treats the inflammation.
  • pulver – a mix function between gas form and long-term treatment. This one both fight a sudden attack and to preclude.

Then there are also

  • pills
  • liquid asthma medicine
  • shots
  • cortisone
  • intravenously

There may be more..

If you are unable to get relief by using asthma medicine or the symptoms worsen, do seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

Hope this was helpful to you. :)

Take care!

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