nighttime asthma attack
Last night, I had a really frightening experience with asthma that was unlike anything I've dealt with before. I woke up in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom. But as soon as I got up, I started feeling extremely short of breath, and my chest felt very tight.
I immediately recognized that I was having an asthma attack. The scary thing was that I was home alone - my wife and daughter were staying at my mother-in-law's place for the night. So, if things had taken a turn for the worse, I wouldn't have had anyone there to help me or call for an ambulance.
Luckily, I kept my inhaler right by my bed as usual. I grabbed it and took a puff right away. Within seconds, I felt relieved as the medication opened my airways. But my breathing was still quite labored, and everything took a few more minutes to return to normal.
It was absolutely terrifying experiencing something that severe, totally alone in the middle of the night. Being by myself just amplified how frightening the whole ordeal felt. After getting my breathing under control, I had difficulty falling back asleep since my heart was still racing.
Today, I'm taking it easy to recover. This attack has really made me consider that it might be time for a checkup with my doctor and maybe some additional tests to see if there's an underlying cause or if my treatment plan needs adjusting.