EveryDayFriend's Journey with Allergic Asthma

Family/Friend: Allergic Asthma

Patient Info: Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 60

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Asthma attack

    Oh No

    January 2010, my body had enough with the pollen of the Great Mountain Cedars of central/south Texas. I developed double pneumonia with bronchitis. One evening, in particular, I could barely breathe with COPD-like ability. In denial of my critical situation, I foolishly dismissed the best thing I should have done: call an ambulance. I rode-it-out until morning and the clinic being opened. My doctor was stern with me: "You could have died from respiratory arrest. ALWAYS get to emergency care!"

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Wheezing

    Symptoms

    I have certain air quality situations in which my body will react with initially with sinusitis and horribly inflamed sinuses...which will lead to a post nasal drip down my windpipe and into my lungs -- which has lead to bronchitis and pneumonia.

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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    My Texas Condo Mysteriously Got a BUYER within 1 week and NOT on MLS!

    Celebration

    It made no sense! I posted a YouTube movie on my place being for sale, but no MLS listing completed. A buyer came to me within a week's time! I considered this a "God Thing." I made arrangements to say "goodbye" to Texas forever, even tho' I love it! My truth: the Wild Cedar's pollen hits December - March. This is the optimal time to LIVE in Texas! But I could never survive. Selling my beloved seaside condo was mandatory. I can't believe I got the satisfaction of selling my condo at asking-price in a "soft market" to an owner who, I know, would love the place as much as I did...

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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Doctor said "You need to live in WINDWARD PACIFIC air"...

    Decision Point

    My TX doctor urged I find a location where there's clean air, ideally, Hawaii. "What about SAN DIEGO?" I asked. (I have family there.) Doctor: "Yes! San Diego! Santa Barbara! As long as you can be near that water." I moved to San Diego June 2011.

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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Inhaled corticosteroids

    Drug Therapy or Medication

    Good ol' FLONASE worked in the beginning -- then FAILED when in Texas. My body needed more help. I moved to San Diego and the waterfront. I needed NO steroids there! Wild

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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    Los Angeles Move for Work

    Decision Point

    Now that I was West Coast, career mentors urge I move to LA where there are greater opportunities. I leave San Diego for LA in June 2012

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  7. 7
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosis

    Oh No

    I chose the San Fernando Valley (Studio City) as my new home. I am FINE for one year using only Flonase during the winter. In March 2014, I get hit HARD again -- similar to Texas but with the worst sinusitis I've known (not so much chest). My new allergist writes my rental management a letter urging they let me move out of the Valley where "the air is detrimental" to my health. The mgmt informs nothing can be done. Due to "strange events" happening in April 2014, mgmt facilitates my move -- 60 days earlier than lease!

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  8. 8
    almost 5 years ago
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    Breakthrough

    Celebration

    I move to Marina del Rey (May 2014). I'm literally in a marina and surrounded by water. The air is magnificent. My sinuses do a shocking "drain" 8 days after arriving. I believe I found the best place for me in Los Angeles...

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  9. 9
    almost 5 years ago
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    Self-Care! Investigated Oregon Coast!

    Other Care

    As an alternative, I looked into Coastal Oregon living -- more affordable. Regrettably in June 2014, the pollen from the myriad lodgepole and other pines HIT ME HARD while there -- despite nasal steroids. I believe I must next look into DIET. I may have sensitivities that are altering my ability to cope with certain air situations.

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