Well, I noticed today that there is a new WordPress theme named “Coraline”, which seems to have a close resemblance to the theme I have been using since I started this blog. So, I decided to make a jump to this theme and I am glad that I did. Also, I made a few changes to the right column widgets, removing the RSS feeds and replaced them with a disclaimer and the Recent Comments widget. Since I removed the RSS feeds of my friends’ blogs, I add them back into the Blog Roll. I also made a change to the header picture and I think it turned out pretty nice. This new theme seems a lot more customizable than the old one I used, so I might be trying a few new looks. Stay Tuned!
I am still working on part 2 of “Out of the Ashes!” series. Unfortunately, I have been a little cranky lately about religious stuff and thought it would be best to not write to much since the post is reflecting on my faith in G-d. It has been my experience that I do not convey my thoughts very well on the matter when I am cranky. So, for those waiting on this, please be patient.
Yesterday, I found myself in an uncomfortable discussion about the proper use of my medication. This is coming from a person that is not asthmatic and has no idea what it is like to have asthma. I guess what throws people off is my training. I mean, if I can walk 20 miles at near maximum effort, then my asthma can’t be that bad. Why all the drugs? Will using them all the time make me dependent on them? Well, here is how I feel about these questions. Frankly, I was dependent on these drugs before the doctor even prescribed them too me.
I remember many times walking my son to daycare and almost passing out because I could not breathe. Heck, I had already walked a half marathon before these symptoms started, so a quarter mile should have been a breeze. Therefore, if I had been on my maintenance drugs I take now, I wouldn’t have suffered like I did.
Anyway, The discussion started when I casually told the person that I was thinking about taking a couple of puffs of Ventolin (my Albuterol inhaler) before I stepped out of the building to go home after work. The only reason I was thinking this is because my chest was kind of tight and I was starting to cough a little because of it. I was afraid that the humidity would just be too much for me in this condition and I thought it might be a good idea to clear my airways before I went out side. Well, the person told me that I am taking to much medicine and I did not need to take Ventolin unless I was having an asthma attack. I would agree that I am taking too much medicine; I do not like taking stuff in the first place. But, I have to breathe. I ended up taking two puffs from the inhaler before I left work and I am glad I did. I was able to breathe much better in the humid weather and I probably averted an asthma attack.
Personally, I think I did the right thing. That was the only two puffs I had taken from that inhaler in the last two days. It is not like I am using quite a bit of it. I have to ask myself, what is the purpose of maintenance drugs? It is for asthma symptom prevention. I am supposed to be trying to prevent problems so I don’t land myself in the ER. In the future I will just keep my medicine usage to myself.
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