This is what a severe asthma exacerbation looks like .
This is not a portrayal, this is the real thing!
As of 6-29-2017, Ive been intubated an incredible 36 times for my asthma, but even more amazing is that Im still around to write about it. Below you’ll find photos and video clips taken during various hospitalizations from 2007 onward, as well as a clip of an Australian teen suffering an acute attack.
Im posting these images to make others aware that not all asthma is created equal. While the vast majority of asthma sufferers have an intermittent and relatively controllable form of the disease, a small percentage of us have a very severe and debilitating variety, which responds poorly to treatment.
The stereotypical presentation of what most people think a severe asthma attack looks like, is rarely accurate. Because Ive had this disease since birth, I never get hysterical or panicky when I can’t breath. In fact, the harder it becomes to breath, the more withdrawn and stoic I usually become… I think to preserve air. Sometimes the work of breathing during these exacerbations becomes so difficult that I literally start suffocating. It’s usually at that point that I end waking up on a ventilator. At least I wake up, 4,000 other asthmatics in this country each year are not so lucky. Hopefully your asthma will never get this bad.
This next clip was taken from AsthmaUK.org and shows a teenager suffering a pretty severe asthma attack. He reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age. I lived this same exact scenario at least four times a year when I was growing up. Not fun.