Feeling out of water is not a feeling only for the fishes. As an asthmatic patient I often find myself feeling like a fish out of water. I never thought a lot about my condition as a child thinking that it was normal to have a deep wheezing sound with each breath and not being able to keep up with my friends in sports. In my later adolescence years I found out the name of my oppressor. Asthma. Asthma would prove to be a life long adversary, and a stead fast opponent. However, I still never took the time to study asthma until my daughter was diagnosis with the disease. Now, I had a desire to learn what caused it, best ways to treat it and ways to prevent attacks in the future. I had no idea just where this fish would take me but the journey had now begun.
Asthma seems like a small fish in a big fish's pond. When there are so many cancers and blood deficiencies it would be easy to think of Asthma as a small thing. Further could be from the truth as asthma can lead to death. So, what is this seeming little disease? According to the Webster's dictionary Asthma is defined as: a chronic lung disorder that is marked by recurring episodes of airway obstruction (as from bronchospasm) manifested by labored breathing accompanied especially by wheezing and coughing and by a sense of constriction in the chest, and that is triggered by hyperreactivity to various stimuli (as allergens or rapid change in air temperature). In short your lungs are used more like a balloon filling up