Testimony for the Breathing Center
From Paula Nordhem, age 66
I’ve been asthmatic for twenty years. And I’ve had respiratory issues all my life. Somehow for the first twelve years of asthma I just lived with and around it. It wasn’t a daily occurrence although there was increasing coughing and congestion; I don’t really remember much detail from that time. I learned there were times that my asthma/coughing was worse or there were places/substances that set it off. I would exercise and walk while asthmatic and just keep going. In the summer of 2012, that ‘approach’ was no longer possible. I was having daily asthma events, long and debilitating. A trip to urgent care led to a visit with an allergist, my first dose of oral steroids, and then inhaled steroids and a rescue inhaler. And more visits to allergists until I found one who would work with me.