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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-05-06 10:26 AM
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23. I never knew that!
I had several short of breath attacks last night and today. The humidity is high and I have emphysema. They are scary. The attacks. They lead to panic attacks and the vicious cycle starts.

I grab my albuterol, inhale and struggle for self-control. I can do it! I can do it!

I am in the bathroom, the air is still and hot and does not satisfy and with weak trembling hands I open the window suck in fresh air, I calm down,try to breathe easy. I can do it! I can do it!

Out in the yard I see a rabbit feeding on the grass. He is eating dandelions! I did not know that rabbits ate dandelions.

I remember Ray Bradbury wrote a whimsical tale 'Dandelion Wine'. Wish I had some to calm my fears.

180 From 'Voyages of the Vicky Mary.

Many times I have suffered the panic that you describe. And still every now and then. It helps to breathe into and out of a paper bag to restore ones Carbon Dioxide balance. Cupped hands even might substitute for the bag.

Good luck.
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