Thursday, October 29, 2009

Take My Breath Away

I let my asthma prescription run out.  I was feeling so good I just didn't think about it.  I was ok for the first couple of days but soon found myself getting short of breath doing simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs or taking a short walk to the convenience store.  Last night my chest started hurting and I had to use my rescue inhaler.  I guess I really am stuck with this for the rest of my life.  I was only diagnosed a year ago and was hoping this would be a temporary condition, or that it would improve at least enough that I wouldn't need daily meds. 

My prescription is expensive.  I have to pay 200 dollars a month for the privilege of breathing.  What I really can't afford right now is a trip to the emergency room, though, so I will make sure I don't run out again.     


Tallshag said...

You can get that Proventil inhaler generic for like one-fifth the price...maybe even less...which I found out years ago years ago during a raging bout with bronchitis.

Plus my daughter, 5, was diagnosed earlier this year with asthma (I had when I was a kid) and being allergic to cats. Her mother insists on keeping a cat in her house, my cat prefers to be outside and is barred from the house when my daughter is around...but hey, her mama is the one buying the meds.

Jen said...

Proventil is not the expensive one...there is no generic for Symbicort. I asked the pharmacist if Advair was any cheaper and she said no.

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