8 long weeks with Asthma

Last week saw my life finally getting back to something like normal. I began work again (initially at home for a couple of 4 hour days) before going back into the office last Thursday. My chest is much better but I still am not at 100%, despite this I managed to get through the first phase of my return to work without any real problems. The biggest issue that I am having is a lack of sleep, in fact I’m hardly sleeping at all. I’m blaming the sleepless nights on what is still a relatively high dose of steroids, predsomnia as many asthmatics know, is a real pain.

Last Friday I finally went out for a pint and a catch up with my mates, not that I was counting but it was 55 days since my last pint and 56 days since I had enjoyed the company of my mates in the local pub.

As I was on something of a roll I made the decision to finally go back to Glanford Park and watch the mighty Scunthorpe United against MK Dons. I usually stand at home games but I thought that it maybe unwise as I have had very little time on my feet over the last 2 months and thought of standing for 2 hours on a freezing cold terrace didn’t really appeal. Therefore I upgraded my ticket and watched the game from the ‘comfort’ of a seat in the main stand. I got well wrapped up, hat, snood and gloves but I was still cold. It didn’t effect my chest too much during the game and even though it didn’t cause any major problems afterwards, my lungs were a bit grumpy. It was a good game, controversial and entertaining, it finished 2-2.

The weather has remained cold for the last week or so which hasn’t helped me in my attempts to get out and about. Every time that I have left the house I have done my usual and worn a scarf or snood. Asthma UK push their ‘Scarfie’ campaign every winter, it is excellent advice.

This week I continue my build up to returning to work full time as well as plan for Christmas. The intention is to spend Christmas in the Lake District with my in-laws (or should that be outlaws?). I love it up there, it is a beautiful part of the world, unfortunately the fresh, crisp, cold air doesn’t always agree with my lungs. In addition to this the majority of my in-laws are smokers. They are pretty good and don’t smoke in front of me but it is still impossible to escape the smoke.

Fingers crossed that my health holds up. I have already started preparing for the trip and have sorted out my repeat prescription and have picked it and sorted it ready for traveling. It is not a five minute job!

The weather forecast at the moment isn’t too bad and so hopefully I will get through it.

Thanks for reading!

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