My doctor started me on an asthma inhaler last Thursday, and what a difference it has made! Who knew?? We discussed what I could to do prevent or lessen further events with bronchitis. This last bout was far more manageable, and I wanted to make the next better yet. There was one small detail I hadn't mentioned to him, something I thought was simply part of the bronchitis and not worth mentioning, and his face lit up. He said "Oh my gosh, that is asthma!"
I'm doing so much better, it is hard to describe! Does it mean I won't have further episodes? No. But it feels great to be breathing more normally. I have equated this change in breathing to when I got glasses in the third grade and realized what amazing, wonderful things I hadn't seen before. Breathing more freely and fully is like being in a whole new world!
This indicates why several other situations have been difficult for me: why I was so badly overcome with altitude sickness; why the windy season bothers me so badly, greater than an "allergy" attack; etc. Isn't it amazing how much it helps to simply understand some of the "why's"?
Life is good!