My doctor gave me an inhaler today. I’ve had a few random asthma attacks this year and though I’ve been able to get through them by remaining calm and relaxed, I was worried that if I had an asthma attack that was just slightly worse, I’d might not be able to handle it. I had one the other night at Brian’s that really wiped me out.
I met up with a friend of mine this evening who used to live in London, but moved back to Canada about 6 years ago. She said when she lived here she had asthma attacks, but hasn’t had one since she moved away. She said she thought it was the pollution. I thought it was pollution combined with growing up in another country and not having immunity to the pollens here.
It’s all a bit rubbish to be honest. Maybe I’ll have to move out of London.
I’ve felt that the trigger has been allergens – pollen, dust or cats, but I’ve never really been sure which – but one time I got myself out of an attack by just drinking a lot of water with a pinch of seasalt in it. I emailed Nick Butler, who is asthmatic, and asked him if he’d ever heard of asthma attacks stopping from drinking water… He said that it sounded like my asthma attack may have been stress induced (he gave me a long explanation why he said that. Maybe he’ll repeat it here!)…
So… who knows what the cause is… All I know is that I’ve got to get my lungs tested next week. Fun fun fun.