Turns out that I have cropped up this new symptom in my healing process and it's called "unofficially diagnosed asthma". I have had a chronic cough on and off for several years now, but sometime this past spring it progressed to more than a cough into a difficulty breathing at times. I've had air-hunger before, but this feels a little different. Damp and cold air make the cough crop up more than anything.
Anyway, talking with our Lyme doctor about it (and the possibility of it being TB) she suggested that I probably have asthma--which after comparing symptoms once we got home, I decided was more like it.
I had my worst bought yet yesterday...Daddy and I were at our Friday Farmer's Market and it started to rain. I don't generally mind standing cramped up under the tent, getting kind of damp. It can actually be kind of fun and cozy and create bonds between vendors and even customers.
I started to cough...and then I started struggling for air. I won't say I was gasping because I was trying to be a little more discreet than that. I ended up holding onto the tables to keep upright as I began to get off-balance; I suppose from a lack of oxygen. About the time Daddy called Mom (he was going to suggest she come up and switch out with me) I looked over at John (egg man) and realized he had an empty chair (and place to set it up, unlike us), so I told Daddy, "I can go sit with John..."
I stumbled over and sat down and sitting helped. John was marking his egg labels, so I ended up actually sticking them on his cartons (might as well make myself useful!) Once the rain cleared out and stuff dried up a little I quit fighting though I think I kept right on coughing on and off for the rest of the afternoon.
So yeah...new symptom, new struggles...and on we march!