All my life I’ve had breathing problems. As a kid I had seasonal allergies and asthma. I underwent testing and found I was allergic to animal dander, pollens of all kinds, and numerous foods. I got shots in both arms that were supposed to make me immune to things that triggered my wheezing. I went to sleep listening to the hiss of a vaporizer creating steam that made it easier to breathe at night.
The doctors told my mother that I would likely outgrow the problems. I never did. But like all things in life, we learn to adapt. I got used to sneezing and wheezing, taking medications that were supposed to help, but didn’t. Breathing through my nose was always difficult because I was always congested. I simply got used to breathing through my mouth when I needed more air. I would often get sick in the winter and whatever virus was going around, when it got to me, it always settled in my lungs. I was treated numerous times for pneumonia.
In February and March of this year, I, once again, had breathing problems, along with a fever. This was before Covid-19 became well known. I had all the symptoms, but was never tested and assumed it was just my regular, life-long, problems with breathing.
Now, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, with millions infected, we are well aware that the virus attacks the lungs as well as other parts of the body. While we are all concerned about this virus, many of us are also concerned about other breathing problems as well.