I’m sitting at Daughter’s highschool commencement being held on the occasion heart of a neighborhood college.
We’re an hour early so we will get good seats (I’m very brief – so I’ve realized to sit down close to the entrance, on an aisle seat so I can pivot round anybody tall that sits in entrance of me.)
And somebody close to me is sporting fragrance. Candy, pungent fragrance.
Fragrance is one among my bronchial asthma triggers now. It didn’t use to be. I’ve worn fragrance all my life and didn’t have an issue till three years in the past. That’s one of many annoying issues about bronchial asthma – you may develop a brand new bronchial asthma set off at anytime.

The issue with large crowds (graduations, choir concert events, dance recitals, and so forth) is that there’s sure to be somebody sporting fragrance. And I’m normally high quality till somebody sits close to me and I catch a whiff of their fragrance.
So, right here we go once more…
First the twitchy throat, then the tight chest after which the cough. And I’ve 2 hours of commencement to sit down by means of – plus household images.
It’s so irritating that one thing that another person has carried out (sprayed on quite a lot of fragrance) is making me have an bronchial asthma assault. Actually, bronchial asthma is the one illness I do know of the place ‘what other people do can make me have any asthma attack.’
The one factor that’s saving me proper now’s that the occasion heart has the air-con cranked up. With so many households right here to see their scholar graduate, it might get uncomfortably scorching in right here. So, I’m nonetheless getting whiffs of fragrance, however then a breeze come alongside to blow it away from me.
Sitting on the aisle additionally permits me to pivot away from everybody else round me and put my again in the direction of the fragrance.
However even that isn’t sufficient. I simply used my inhaler and spacer – yep, proper on the market within the open on the aisle seat.
Do I care? Nope. I’ve to breathe and would moderately use it now after I’m beginning to have issues moderately than “waiting to see how bad it gets.” I’ll simply use my inhaler so I can concentrate on the commencement.
Typically, my lungs could be a bit twitchy, however I don’t want my inhaler. In the present day I’m going to make use of it to forestall it from getting worse inside this occasion heart.
Ah, I can hear them enjoying “Pomp and Circumstance” – which implies its time to get the digital camera prepared!
I all of the sudden have watery eyes as I see Daughter head towards the stage to get her diploma. Should be allergic reactions, proper?


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