Thank you for your answer. I have had asthma
for about 25 years now and had a marked increase in attacks after the birth of my last child 18 years ago. I was told my right lung collasped during my 7 month of pregnancy
and ever since then I have struggled with more severe attacks. It seems like the older I get the worse it gets. I just got out of the hospital yesterday after having another attack which I think pollen triggered but it's too cold
yet for AC so it is sometimes very difficult to completely stay away from triggers, although I try very hard to. I have had so many hospital stays and intubations that I can not even count them anymore. Over the years I have learned to better control my anxiety
when having an attack but it is so frustrating to hear anyone telling you, especially medical personnel to relax during an attack. I know if the attack won't break I will be intubated and struggle for days or even weeks to get off the vent. I've had so many close calls. On top of the asthma problem I have a food allergy
to soy, which is in many foods and very difficult to completely avoid. I also have many medication allergies like atrovent which is the preferred inhaltion med found in a duo
combination. It is difficult to tell anyone about this allergy when you can't speak and so many times they give it to me which only increases my anxiety because I know I will stop breathing, it causes anaphalaxis. Sorry to vent, I've just been so frustrated lately, I used to be a paramedic but had to give it up due to the asthma, which crushed me. I have had so many tests done, lung scans, you name it and have seen several different Pumonologists and I continue with regular care but it just seems like it is getting worse and it is completely disrupting my life. I have 5 grown children, I want to be around to see my grandchildren but I know (I have this impending doom feeling) that an asthma attack will take my life one day.