I so couldn’t of worded this any better. Hats off to this guy!!
I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN ONE DAY
I’m asthmatic. Taking the bus to school was nigh suicidal, and changing for PE meant holding my breath from the moment I walked in the door to the moment I got out the changing room. Luckily I was a choir boy and an avid swimmer, so my lungs were pretty powerful. ”But you said you were asthmatic”, I hear you cry, well let me tell you a thing about asthma. It’s nothing to do with how strong your lungs are. Forget what Signs told you about asthma, Mel Gibson lied. I know, it’s shocking isn’t it? Anyway, asthma doesn’t weaken your lungs. If anything, asthmatics probably have stronger lungs and diaphragms than non-asthmatics. Asthma is about the trachea (that’s wind-pipe to your Mel Gibson fanatics) becoming inflamed during certain circumstances (for example during an allergic reaction or when you’re breathing in propane gas and perfume instead of oxygen because “LOL DEODORANT FIGHT!”) and often being smaller under normal circumstances too. Your lungs and diaphragm are unaffected by asthma, although the steroids that they use to treat asthma and the fact that you have to exercise your lungs more often because it’s harder to breathe when your trachea’s opening is the size of the eye of a needle (rather than the ping-pong ball size it’s supposed to be) lead me to believe that it’s quite likely that asthmatics have stronger, more healthy lungs than others.
Smoking, therefore, has two negative affects on asthmatics: firstly, it might set off an attack (although I never got attacks when I smoked) and secondly it weakens the lungs, whose very strength is the only reason you’re able to survive an attack at all, dumbass. Yes, I just called myself a dumbass for smoking while being an asthmatic, but what are you gonna do?
Please, be respectful to people with asthma and don’t spray perfume or deodorant all over the place. If you want to know what it’s like being asthmatic, try taping up your nose, sticking a straw in your mouth and breathing through that. That’s a pretty severe attack but that kind of attack can very easily be brought on by excess deodorant in the air.
Oh, and panicking (you know, the reasonable response to discovering that your body is suffocating itself) makes it worse. The release of adrenaline caused by your panic will increase your heart rate, causing the swelling to increase and you to start gasping for air which further increases the swelling. Yeah. It’s literally like someone is choking you and the more you struggle, the tighter they grip. How about you try the doctor’s advice of “relaxing, counting to 10 and taking slow, deep breaths” in that situation, huh?
Asthmatics are not:
- Physically unfit. Although obesity can cause or exacerbate the development of asthma, there are many other causes including birth defects, allergies and just plain old biological bad luck. Just because someone is asthmatic, that doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. Although you should try exercising when exercising is one of the triggers for your breathing tube to start pretending to be a drinking straw, then tell me that being out of breath after a gentle five minute jog is because I “don’t exercise often enough”.
- Lazy or unmotivated. If you can run a 900 meter cross-country course breathing through a straw because you forgot your inhaler, nearly pass out halfway through and still finish with the pack and not the stragglers, then you have every right to call me lazy. Until then, fuck off.
- Attention-seeking. I can’t believe anybody would think that being choked to death by your own throat is an unacceptable reason for bursting into tears, panicking or running around searching for your ventolin and not really giving much of a crap what anybody else says right now because if you don’t get it you might well die or at the very least spend the night in hospital. I didn’t actually do any of those things, I just sort of get angry and uncomfortable and seethe quietly to myself at the curse I’ve been burdened with until I find and take my medicine, but I do understand and can relate to the people who do behave quite strangely when they’re having an asthma attack. And yes, people can still shout when they’re having an attack - the windpipe is small, it’s not closed off completely. It’s a foolish move, but frankly when your brain is being starved of oxygen and your body is screaming “I’m going to die soon!” I think just about any move is forgiveable.
- In need of your oh-so-helpful advice. ”You should do more breathing exercises”. ”You should eat more fresh fruit and vegetables”. ”Why are you smoking if you’re asthmatic?”. Fuck you, that’s why. When you have a debilitating medical condition, you can tell me what the appropriate way to react to having a debilitating medical condition is. In fact, not even then. It’s none of your damn business how I cope with my medical condition unless you’re my doctor. Not just a doctor, my doctor. And even then I reserve the right to ignore your advice, however foolish that might be. Not everybody wants to live to be 1,000 years old by removing anything that raises their heartbeat over a normal 80 beats per minute and not eating anything with more flavour than a rice cracker. Some people are perfectly happy with a fleeting 60-80 years or so eating steak, drinking beer and smoking the occasional cigarette.
I hope this post has enlightened some people about asthma. One of the few physical conditions that has almost as much stigma as your average mental condition.
3 Damn years of working at this place and finally i get a change in pay. About time if you ask me!
Just because i don’t keep some material things. I always keep the things that mean the most to me. Even from the little things like the first fair ticket that we went to. To the photo of our table at the pub that we called our own just because it had our things we drawn onto it now… Ever since, we still sit there. It’s just one more little thing, that means that little bit more to me.
And don’t say i don’t remember anything, because i remember everything that’s important. From your fear of gingerbread men, to when we first fell in love.
I do remember…
This sounds more of a rant. But it’s just another reminder of how much i love you, and that i do love you baby. <3
I run a Minecraft gameserver, hosted with a shitty company called Plugpayplay/Ens-Ltd. They are total bullshit, there support team is horribbly in-experienced and do the extreme minimum to attempt to help you out.
Take this scenario.
All my Minecraft players cannot access the server
Minecraft Game server goes down.
FTP goes down.
McMyAdmin goes down.Cannot access or download any files using their online file manager.
Restarting server in their “control panel” does nothing.
I notify them of all these by support ticket, and i get a response saying simply this
It’s running smoothly now.”
After trying to explain the situation again, and that it’s definatly not running “smoothly”, he says he tried to Restart the server and that no errors showed. That’s all fine and everything if no errors show up for him, but upon trying the server and all the services again, they still are not working and unable to be accessed/used. He says that as he restarted it, as far as he’s concerned “everything” is running again.
Cut a long story short.
No, it definatly isn’t all up and fucking running again, or “smoothly” as they say.
Game server is still down.
Players are angry.
There support is laughably extremely bad, the worst thing is, he had a signature that said he was a “technician”. Wow.
All i can say is when i am home again later on, i’m definatly switching Host. I urge you to avoid them at all cost, they cause nothing but trouble. The amount of times the server crashes due to insufficient memory, despite RAM showing it is running at like 50% of it’s supposed full capacity. It’s ridiculous.
Plugpayplay/Ens-ltd. You fucking suck.
End of rant.
Just finished watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones…
I just can’t beleive how awesome Daenerys is! Definatly my favourite, by far. Just, hhhhhhhhhhhh. Must, watch, mooooooreeeeeeeee.
Also, started reading the books too! Bonus! Much more detail and imaginative also…