I’ll be honest, I’ve had a headace for a couple of weeks now. It’s not awful but it’s there, all the time. Is this a symptom of Covid-19? Is it hayfever? It might possibly be a tension headache? Maybe I’m (subconsciously) more worried about the whole situation than I realise?
What I do know is that now, more than ever, it is very important to take our health seriously. Starting with ensuring that I regularly use my inhalers. As an asthmatic, I’m slightly higher risk of complications from Covid-19. I say slightly higher because my asthma is mild and should be easily managed with medication.
Asthma is one of those illnesses that is often overlooked or perhaps not taken very seriously by many. If you tell someone you have asthma, they often don’t appreciate that means the thing they do without even realising – breathing – is often difficult to do. I can walk past a field, right as rain, and all of a sudden be completely out of breath. My body struggling hard to draw down air. It’s scary.
Keeping that in mind, I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to take my inhalers twice-daily, as prescribed rather than my usual ad-hoc regime of taking them when I start to feel ill. My inhalers are supposed to be preventative and I often do not use them accordingly.
I think there’s a bit of stigma with asthma. Every geek in every film or comedy is often seen sucking on their inhaler, while pushing their glasses up their nose. It’s often the case that poor health is linked to attractiveness and likeability.
What a load of sh*t!
Why do we put up with that kind of crap as a society?
Why do we allow the notion that somebody less able is automatically the butt of the joke?
What’s funny about somebody being unable to breathe?
Not much from where I’m standing. I can only imagine how somebody with disabilities feels.
In any case, I wrote this post to beg you to take your medications, whatever they may be for. If you have been prescribed them, you should take them. It could mean the difference in getting ill and not getting ill, or worse. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We all have our little niches that make us, us. Embrace what they are and if that’s an inhaler, fly that flag high and keep breathing those sexy ventolin breaths.