Beyond Breathing

My allergies and asthma symptoms may improve depending on the season or the type of medicine that I am taking, but they are always there. I have not been had to be admitted to the ICU
since the spring of 2018, and lately I have been joking that
maybe my asthma is cured – even though I know this is impossible.


We went to my primary doctor this week because my wrist had been cracking and hurting when I played
lacrosse or tumbled with it. My doctor attributed it to growing pains. Asthma has taught me that doctors
are generally correct, but sometimes you know yourself more than anyone else, so we made an
appointment with an orthopedic.

The orthopedic x- rayed my wrists and elbow. It turns out the cracking sound my hand had been making was due to a a slight fracture. The doctor acknowledged that my weak bones were probably a result of the oral corticosteroids I have taken, so he suggested that we limit my use
of prednisone in the future. When you are in the hospital on constant oxygen, however, there often are no other options and guess what, breathing wins.


We worry about how to effectively treat allergies or asthma, but we also need to be concerned about the immediate side effects of oral corticosteroids when we are taking them. There seems to be less emphasis on the longer-term side effects of these medications, but maybe those are just not fully known yet.


I wish there was more information from doctors on how to manage the side effects of medications. I plan to start physical therapy to hopefully strengthen my elbows, wrists, and hands so
that I can be healthy and still be able to do the thing I love most: tumbling.
Today It was a reminder that my asthma isn’t just going away and there is a long way to go in terms of research and prevention. I try to remain optimistic, but today was also a reminder that having
asthma may often present new challenges and complications.

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Regan is a 14 year old girl who loves cheerleading, diving and hanging out with her friends. She also has severe asthma. In making this blog she hopes to educate others about asthma as well as inspire others so they know they aren't alone. She enjoys sharing her "Adventures with Asthma"!

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