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System Overload

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July was crazy. I don't remember bits and pieces of what happened within the month. Basically, I had a lot of work (which I actually enjoyed) and not much time for exercise (actually, none at all).

And because my body is awesome the way it is, it crashed. With a vengeance.


I've had asthma since I was 13. I remember the first time it happened. We were on vacation in Baguio and the house we were staying at was surrounded by a lot of greenery. Especially flowers. Because it was also freezing (this happened around December, if I'm not mistaken), my body reacted instantly to the pollen and temperature change. I remember my lungs constricting so bad; no amount of pounding on my back or vapor inhalation did me wonders. I didn't get any sleep that night, needless to say. My mom didn't either.

It was around that time that my parents invested in a nebulizer (which, to this day, is one of my best friends), especially after noticing that my dad and youngest brother were also asthmatic.

Since that incident, I've had major asthma attacks almost yearly — usually when the weather changes or when my body crashes due to fatigue. The minor ones are manageable; I have an inhaler on standby at any given time. But the major ones render me useless, really.

Needless to say, my body waved its own white flag this week when, while working late last Monday, I got an asthma attack out of nowhere. That all too familiar feeling of tightness and helplessness came back. And it was pretty embarrassing to go through such an episode in front of other people.

I spent the next two days working from home. At least I had the luxury of taking a nap whenever I needed to. I could also brainstorm and type from the comforts of my own bed.

I also made sure to consult with my doctor regarding this last episode. Thankfully, my condition has stabilized; no need for antibiotics or to increase my salbutamol dosage.

I did, however, ask why my body succumbs faster to fatigue compared to most people: my friends, officemates and even family members. Simply put, my doctor said that having asthma would always make me the underdog for life. My body would always try to compensate for the way my lungs work. My lifestyle just needs to accommodate the right balance of work, rest and exercise.

Aside from making it a priority to include exercise in my day-to-day activities, I got a vegetable supplement (spirulina), which I can take everyday, since I can't always guarantee that I get the right amount of vegetables on a daily basis.

Also, since I'm already conscious about taking my vitamins daily, I just have to be more aware of how my body is feeling; if I'm feeling under the weather, I would immediately need to take up to 1,500mg of ascorbic acid.

I sure hope that these lifestyle changes would help my body fight its daily battles.

I also hope it'll be a long while before I have to resort to the nebulizer once again.

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