I had a terrible shock to my system a few days ago.
I already knew that stress triggers my asthma, but because I’ve been so busy I didn’t pay attention to the signs. And here I am today… Traumatized.
Things on my mind last week :
- Grade 12 moderation – the weakest group I’ve ever had
- Pencilbox programme, how to print certificates
- Barnard House Braai – 250 learners, halaal, kosher, vegetarian… Drinks, salads, meat.
- Barnard House prize giving ceremony – top achiever certificates and trophies
- Hofmeyer Cup singing competition
- Hostel inspection for Matron Sam cup
- Perfect selection for 2016
- Prefect camp weekend
- Schalk’s first super 12 swimming competition
- Grade 10 life Science cycle test
I started out stressed on Thursday getting ready for the competitions and Braai. I got the braaiers ready, the charcoal and bits. The grade 11 group helped set out the 100 chairs. We hung the flag and set the tables. Then I walked to the office to get the table cloth for the Trophy table…
My lungs closed up 10 m from the office. I made it inside and phoned my husband to bring my backup asthma pump because mine just emptied right there. I remember sitting down and breaking out in cold sweat as my body tried to get air. I tried to relax but panicked because I could not breath. It felt like hours before he arrived with the pump. After that… Blurry.
He took me home and for the next two days I stayed in bed, slept a lot, nebulised, slept, asthma pump, slept, used much mucolytics, slept. I worried about Saturday and the swimming, but we packed a sleeping bag, tent and cushion.
Monday I had to go back to school and I was really worried about how my body would handle it. I was exhausted but the end of the day but elated that I made it. Last night I cried. The stress and relief flooded my system.
This has been a traumatic event. October seems to be my red flag month. I will have to put measures in place to prevent the same thing from happening next year.
The University of Maryland medical center had an excellent summary of Asthma.