So, I’m sitting here, almost breathing normally. (Trust me, my normal breathing is when you feel you are struggling for breath.) Having escaped 14 months without a visit from Streptococcus pneumomiae, my “friend” came for an extended stay. Given the fact that I was born with a compromised respiratory system, such diseases are the norm.
I was thrilled when I was reading a recent Business Week issue. It heralded the new developments of someone I used to know well. We travel in different circles now (he still resides in the Boston area and he still works with the respiratory system and its issues), so we’ve fallen out of touch.
Every single morning, the very last thing I do in the bathroom is grab my two inhalers. Shake them (1,2,3…all the way to 15). Exhale slowly, and then inhale slowly through my mouth (1,2,3,… up to 10), depress the button on 2 , and then exhaling through my nose. Repeat the process for the other inhaler.
There may be some relief for 30 million folks soon. Of that number, about 1/3 are kids!
About what am I talking? Folks with asthma. These folks have an ailment that incurs health care costs of about $ 56 billion a year. In the overall scheme of things, that’s not too much, amounting to about 0.5% of our total health care expenditures. But, it’s the kids with asthma that create the problem. Plus many of these kids come from the lower side of the economic strata, which means they fail to obtain treatment, they miss school, etc.