Thursday, 20 August 2015
I might have asthma
After a brief recovery from my last chest infection, I fell ill again.
I was in the States, and I had a nagging cough after a short run, and also after a short hike. When I returned to Scotland last week, it worsened. By the weekend, I was up in the middle of the night, wheezing, and sitting in a chair to try and get my breath. During the day, I needed frequently to rest by putting my head down on the nearest counter or table.
On Monday, I went to the GP. My pulse-oxygen level was good, at 97%. I wasn't running a fever.
The GP did a peak flow test, where one blows into a small tube and a measure of their flow can be made. My flow was way low (> 200?), and culminated in a coughing fit.
The GP started to wonder whether something other than a second serious chest infection was going on. It could be adult-onset asthma he speculated. He prescribe an inhaler (and a few other things), and these seemed to help quickly.
So, either I have been terrifically unlucky with back-to-back chest infections, or I might have asthma.
Running-wise, this was my last week:
Mon - no running
Tues - no running
Weds - no running
Thurs - ~ 1 mile. I stopped and had to walk back.
Fri - no running
Sat - no running
Sun - no running.
So, it is looking like racing is out for a while.
The weather is cool now, and getting back to work I noticed that there was the first signs of color in the trees.