Asthma problems again

I like winter. I like the stark beauty of bare trees again the snow, the freshness of a world blanketed in white. However, this is the fourth year in a row that winter has caused me significant problems with simply trying to breathe. But in this case the weather had a helping hand in that the boiler broke down late Xmas eve meaning no heating and no hot water. Not good when the cold is a major asthma trigger for me and with everything closed for Xmas holidays nothing could be done until the new year. No matter how often it happens it’s still scary not being able to breathe properly and having to spend all your time focusing on each breath you take. It’s also exhausting.

At the moment I’m still on oral steroids alongside my Seretide 250 inhaler. The side effects are not too bad in the scheme of things. I’m mainly extremely tired, irritable and having real difficulties in concentrating on anything for very long, but at least I can now catch my breath, and I can actually have a conversion again. I’m not sure how other people feel about that but I’m happy at least.

The current plan is to reduce the oral steroid dosage slowly and then start on a low dose of Montelukast alongside the Seretide. I’m not particularly looking forward to that as last time I tried Montelukast I had some really terrible side effects, but at the moment with everything that’s going on in the world I’ll give it another go and hope the lower dosage is more manageable. If anyone has any advice, I’d be happy to hear it.

Now I’m starting to guilt trip myself about being behind in my studies. So, the next couple of weeks is going to be spent catching up on French for the OU. There’s nothing like the pressure you put on yourself. The creative side of my work is having to take a back seat for now which is annoying, but I’ll get back to it soon enough. I just hope the rest of the year improves.

Llama photograph with the Lumix GX8

I’m really liking the Lumix GX8, but I still have lots to try, and lots to get used to.

The llamas don’t seem to mind me using this camera around them. In fact they seem more curious about the camera than anything else and often come over to have a really up close and personal look at the small black object in my hands. Perhaps they think I have some tasty carrots tucked away inside for later.

White llama

In the past when they saw the Nikon and its lenses they all tended to walk the other way, but this llama couldn’t even be bothered to get up from his comfy bed of fallen leaves. He just sat there and let me take a few pictures.

So overall the Lumix is a hit with the llamas a major plus point for me.