A Conversation for Asthma
Titania (gone for lunch) Started conversation Apr 12, 2001
I'm allergic, and have had slight attacks of asthma - but the very first time I had a more severe attack, with not enough air to be able to talk.
Since I had read an article with a description of what an attack feels like, I managed not to panick. The experience was described as a feeling of not being able to breath out all used air, some of it remaining in your lungs. Next breath left still a bit more used air, and next, and next, finally giving you a feeling of having filled your lungs with used air, with no room left for fresh air.
So my thought was: I need to concentrate on breathing OUT. Breathing in, gasping for air, is a reflex, and will work by itself. I tried to breathe out, but discovered it wasn't all that easy. Instead I tried BLOWING out the used air, same way I blow when I play the flute.
And it worked! Gasping, blowing, gasping, blowing.... and eventually, the attack faded. (I had moved away from the place where the attack started, not knowing what caused it).
I wish all persons suffering from asthma could be told about this method, not as a substitution for medical treatment, but as a method for managing to keep breathing until help has arrived, and also giving you something to concentrate on, thereby avoiding panick.
And then there's a very good way for persons not suffering from asthma to get an idea about what it feels like:
Take a piece of straw (the thin kind used to drink lemonade through) and cut it into 3 pieces, each about 6-7 cm long. Pinch your nose, and try breathing throw the 3 pieces, making sure your lips are tight enough not to allow you to breathe through anything but the straw pieces. This is a slight attack of asthma.
Take away 1 piece, and try breathing through the 2 remaining pieces. This is a bit more serius attack.
Take away 1 piece, and try breathing through the only remaining piece. This is a severe attack of asthma.
Kaz Posted Oct 31, 2001
Thanks Titania, I'll remember that next time I have an attack. Although I understand whats happening, its still difficult not to panic. So I'll concentrate on blowing!
Titania (gone for lunch) Posted Oct 31, 2001
Actually, if the attack isn't too severe, it might even fade (like it did for me) without any medication - but if you have an inhalator ready, do use it - it makes it so much easier to conquer the attack...
I'd be interested to know if it works for others as well - would you please tell me once you've tried it?
Kaz Posted Nov 1, 2001
Will do Titania, luckily, I mainly just suffer from tightness and wheezyness. I'll pass the idea on in RL though, and see if it helps anybody.
Titania (gone for lunch) Posted Nov 1, 2001
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