January Small Stone# Fifteen

Coughing my way home

A slightly strange stone today, nevertheless it was the observation of a possiblity of change for me. I have asthma. It was diagnosed around ten years ago, after many, many years of coughing! It isn’t severe, just irritating and must drive other people crazy. Sometimes in public places people will come up and offer me a glass of water, when I haven’t even registered that I’m coughing.

I have inhalers of course, but if I use them as prescribed I get a sore throat and oral thrush. So it’s a fine balance. There are quite a few things that trigger a coughing fit; aerosols, some perfumes, dust, things that have a bad smell, pollen, too much dairy etc, etc. I try to avoid exposure when I can.

A change in temperature, like leaving a warm place to go out in winter, is a real pain, especially when I rush to leave work each day. You know how it is, the freedom after a long day and you just want to go home as quickly as possible!

Recently I’ve tried a simple breathing exercise when I leave. It’s just inhaling through my nose and then exhaling through pursed lips – it’s supposed to slow breathing down. It works for about 200 metres and then I lose it. So today I invented my own version, breath in slowly through my nose (and very cold air hits me), then breath out through pursed lips – but in two stages – it slows me down more. I also walked a little slower than usual, so the walk took 20 minutes instead of fifteen.

Guess what? I made it home without a single cough. I’m hoping it isn’t a fluke, the next few days will tell.

21 thoughts on “January Small Stone# Fifteen

  1. One of the triggers you didn’t mention specifically was a certain dishevelled VW Golf.

    Considering the fits of coughing this car prompts you to have, it was very kind of you not to mention it! (-:

  2. My second son has a mild form of it and we give him Ventolin syrup any time he gets coughy, which helps. I will let him try this out though. 🙂 I sincerely pray it works for both of you, more especially you 🙂

  3. I have lung issues and that is the exercise the pulmonary doctor recommends. Also you should cover your nose and mouth when you are out in cold weather.

    When I worked I use to take the bus and this young lady would get on and take the seat in front of me that was usually empty. She wore way too much perfume and I would have coughing fits. She would give me dirty looks over her shoulder. So I started opening the window no matter how cold it was outside. She then would look over her shoulder at me and I would stare waiting for her to say something. She never did, but had she I would of told her that her perfume was too strong and causes my coughing.

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