I was asked to participate in asthma awareness month by creating a list of three or five resolutions for how I will better manage my asthma in the next year, or how I will take action to help others with asthma. I have decided I am unable to do this.
I suppose I could just ignore this topic altogether, yet it makes for a good talking point. The reason I can't make a resolution to help me make my asthma better is not because my asthma is perfect, it's because I know I will never stick to it. That's just me. I know me.
We humans are creatures of habit. My habit when I get up in the morning is to take my asthma controller medicines and then brush my teeth. When I go to bed I take my asthma controller medicines and then I brush my teeth. That's my habit. That's my routine. That's my life.
I can say that I will create a diary and do a peak flow daily to monitor my symptoms, but I know I won't stick to it. I might do it a week or two, but I won't stick to it. So making a resolution to make this change might be nice, and it might even result in better asthma control, yet I much prefer to simply monitor my symptoms.
It's what I've always done. Besides, I know me. I know my signs and symptoms of asthma. I also know peak flows are made to get lost and never found.
I can make a blog post with five resolutions of how I will use my blogs to help other people, but isn't that something I already do? Sure, I could do more, yet I'm not a social person so I know I won't make a public appearance any time soon. Any communicating or teaching I do is right here in the faceless blogosphere.
Ten years ago this might have been different. Ten years ago I didn't know me well. Ten years ago I was still trying to be like my dad. Yet now I know I'm not the outgoing, partying, cool, fun, social person that my dad is. I'm me. I'm an asthmatic, introvert, thinking, writing, blogging, educating, history loving, reading, fool.
I personally think that the best way to gain control of your asthma is to know yourself and be yourself. Once you discover who you are, everything else -- including your asthma action plan -- will fall into place.
Resources: Management and Treatment, So You Have Asthma
For tips on how to better manage your asthma click here and then click here.
(May is Asthma Awareness month, and May 3 is asthma awareness day. For more information about asthma, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Asthma.)