I have asthma. Horrible, disabling asthma. The kind that has left me in hospital beds more than once in my life. It is not something I talk a lot about. The memories of being the kid in gym class who has to pull an inhaler out of their waistband during a class run will always be burned into my mind. As a child, asthma was humiliating. As an adult, it is frustrating. Exercise can range anywhere from just uncomfortable to a near-death experience if I am not careful. I have always been looking for an easy-to-use asthma guide to make life easier.
For a few months now I have wondered what I would do if my daughter ended up with asthma. Even though I have suffered from it for as long as I can remember, I felt woefully unprepared and my worry for her is what finally sprung me into action to learn more about how to treat and handle asthma. I was able to get my hands on a copy of The Essentials of Asthma by Dr. Christine Lee. This DVD/book combination set from Opitmal Life has been eye opening and reassuring.
The DVD, while a little cheesy, is full of information to help you learn what asthma is and how to control it. It helps put you in charge of your asthma. According to the movie, only 34 percent of people with asthma are given a specific plan from their doctor on when to seek treatment – 34 percent. That is such a small percentage. I wonder how many asthma-related deaths could be prevented each year if more people had the right information.
Honestly, I think most people don't understand how scary asthma can be until they see a severe attack first hand. Anybody can have a severe attack, even if they have mild asthma. Asthma can also show up at any time in your life. Just because you don't have it at 20 doesn't mean you won't at 50. Take it from someone who has personally experienced that scary moment where air is almost completely cut off: being prepared could save a life.