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l_laurenthomas

838d

hello! i was born prematurely at 30 weeks (2 months early). i wasn’t breathing when i was born, and was intubated 2 times. i coded when i was a newborn and was thankfully revived. i was in the NICU for 2 months following my birth, and was given medication to help my lungs grow to a point where i could breathe on my own. i had croup as a baby (which has since developed into asthma), and was taken to the hospital constantly because i couldn’t breathe properly. i even have my own nebulizer at home because we kept having to go to the ER so often. up until i was about 7-8 years old, i would wake up in the middle of the night struggling to breathe. this caused me to hate falling asleep, and absolutely dreading going to sleep. even though i know i won’t struggle breathing, there’s still that fear that is forever in the back of my mind. now, it my asthma only affects me when i’m sick or exercising in cold weather. help me feel not so alone haha!

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    • PeanutBear

      836d

      I was born early, but not quite early enough to be classified premature. Like you, I wasn’t breathing at birth so that’s… fun. 😅 I’m not sure what they had to do to get me breathing. As a toddler I had pneumonia which can’t have helped things. Sounds like we’ve had very different asthma journeys but I absolutely relate to the pain and fear that it causes. I currently use a corticosteroid inhaler twice a day and albuterol as needed. I wish I didn’t have to rely on steroids but I’ll take it over not breathing. I’m not sure exactly when I started showing asthma symptoms. I was first diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma when I was 8. Over the years, it got progressively worse and my list of triggers just kept growing. I can’t run and I struggle with stairs. Smoke is the absolute worst. My lungs react to cold weather, dry heat, humidity… pretty much any kind of dramatic weather. Sometimes I get so upset thinking about how it affects my life and all the things I can’t do normally. It’s frustrating to struggle with something as simple as breathing but you are definitely not alone!!

    • PeanutBear

      836d

      I was born early, but not quite early enough to be classified premature. Like you, I wasn’t breathing at birth so that’s… fun. 😅 I’m not sure what they had to do to get me breathing. As a toddler I had pneumonia which can’t have helped things. Sounds like we’ve had very different asthma journeys but I absolutely relate to the pain and fear that it causes. I currently use a corticosteroid inhaler twice a day and albuterol as needed. I wish I didn’t have to rely on steroids but I’ll take it over not breathing. I’m not sure exactly when I started showing asthma symptoms. I was first diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma when I was 8. Over the years, it got progressively worse and my list of triggers just kept growing. I can’t run and I struggle with stairs. Smoke is the absolute worst. My lungs react to cold weather, dry heat, humidity… pretty much any kind of dramatic weather. Sometimes I get so upset thinking about how it affects my life and all the things I can’t do normally. It’s frustrating to struggle with something as simple as breathing but you are definitely not alone!!

    • Bandits_Mom

      836d

      U r not alone. Asthma sucks. I have a nebulizer too. Use with albutoral

    • Breadstickbaby

      838d

      I wasn’t born early but I was diagnosed with asthma when I was very young. I was also in the hospital alot, had a nebulizer, and frequently woke up struggling to breathe. I still get scared because although I don’t struggle in my day to day life with asthma anymore, but I have Bradycardia so my heart doesn’t beat a lot when I sleep. I’ll wake up feeling like I wasn’t breathing at all, not struggling to breathe but definitely out of breath. 😩 It’s scary !

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