H is for Happy (but that has nothing to do with this post)

We’re only on Day 8 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and today marks the second time I’ve written a post with the wrong letter because apparently, I don’t know how the alphabet works. At least I’m ready for tomorrow. Oh, and I’ve totally gone off theme today. What is wrong with me? Here’s some insight…

I’ve was just with my doctor, following up on a sinus infection and horrid cough that started a week ago. I’ve been on antibiotics since last Tuesday and while I no longer feel as if my face was pounded by Tyson and my teeth are not trying to forcibly remove themselves from my mouth, I’m still coughing. A lot.

Not like an Ahem, excuse me kind of cough, but the shake the shit out of your intestines and if this were a movie, you’d already be dead kind. When I exhale, I sound like that thing from Predator or like a bicycle tire with a card hitting the spokes – either way, not good.

A little back story: Not too long ago, I was diagnosed with asthma. That’s it. That’s the whole back story. I could have just said that but, whatever, I’m oxygen deprived.

So, today, when my doctor asked me how often I’m using my emergency inhaler…well, here’s what happened

Me: Is there an emergency? I used it last night. I don’t know why, just thought I’d try it and I slept like a baby. It made a huge difference in…Oh my gosh, I should’ve been using it this whole time!

Doctor: Yeah. This wheezing thing and not being able to catch your breath, that’s what it’s for.

Me: It just didn’t occur to me. If I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out any second, I’d feel pretty stupid.

Did y’all ever see that episode of House where the lady shows him how she uses her inhaler by spraying it like perfume? Remember the look on Dr. House’s face? That’s the look of befuddle my doctor had on his face. Like he was thinking, “How have you lived this long?” Now I’m under strict instructions to use my inhaler every four hours – every two hours if necessary and lots of steriods and rest. I haven’t left my bed much in the past week and it doesn’t sound like I’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. Although, now that I can breathe, I’ll probably get better much faster. Breathing – It does a body good.


American German – language lesson #39

Morgen ist auch noch ein Tag. (more-gan ist auwk nauk ine tawg) Tomorrow is another day. – Yeah, no shit.


  1. Hopefully you will be better soon! They could have told you that at the start to use the inhaler, some information would be nice right? I heard breathing is one of the best things you can do for feeling alive!
    Poke The Rock recently posted…Tripple Letter IMy Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      Thanks! I agree! I certainly could have used the reminder. I can tell you that I won’t need one next time – I’ll be grabbing my inhaler immediately. I do love breathing!

  2. Hi! I got diagnosed with asthma about seven years ago, and deal with the same issues, the wheezing, shortness of breath, etc. I’m allergic to most fragrances, etc, so any of that sets my asthma off big time. If I get a cold it usually degenerates into bronchitis. Such fun! But yes, those inhalers are life savers, as are the daily asthma meds I take, and the nebulizer for occasional times when breathing becomes a problem, like I can’t. 🙂 Hope you are soon breathing free and easy again, I loved your post and I’ll be back for more!
    Josie Two Shoes recently posted…Blogging From A to Z… “I”My Profile

    • julieyoujest says:

      Hi back and Thanks! Sorry about your asthma – it sucks! Hopefully, I’ve turned a corner – the ticking sound has been gone for almost a full day. Those inhalers ARE lifesavers!! Thankfully, I was using my Advair disk two times a day or who knows how this would have gone. I’ve never had an ‘episode’ last for 10 days. I feel like my lungs are full of concrete. I don’t know why I waited so long to try the emergency inhaler. I just didn’t connect the dots. I can tell you that I won’t make that mistake again!

Commenting will make you look younger!


CommentLuv badge