I have been coughing up a storm all of last week, I don’t know if it’s because of the heat or having my sweat dry on its own on my back, but it is very troublesome to say the least. I also had the feeling of having fluid in lungs, but try as I may to expectorate it, nothing came out. I think it’s not because of colds or any other kind of virus, as I have been only with myself the past week, working around the ranch. Having no one around eliminates the risk of somebody, having to pass the virus on to me, and besides, I never had the flu for ages. But I had a nagging feeling, that asthma or some variation of it is causing all of this mayhem.
I had asthma when I was young. I do not know how I got it, maybe it was inborn or I had it inherited from my parents. I didn’t think much about it maybe because of my age, a young boy does not have anything on his mind besides toys and playing. I only remembered having to stop playing because I cannot breathe anymore, and I also remembered drinking plenty of orange juice and eating heaps of yogurt, which eventually also became favorite foods of mine.
My mother always loved to cook; she would always cook for us when she had time and her favorite dishes were the hot and spicy ones. For fishes, salmon was always a staple and never would she cook anything, without onions being placed on it. As a little child, I was always curious and I keep asking her why she cooks that way, and the answer always was, because it is good for you.
I have never paid any attention to it and I almost forgot I once had asthma, but yesterday, during my research in the internet about my coughing, I came across an article about home remedies for asthma.
I read about Capsaicin acting as an anti-inflammatory agent when consumed in food, and about how doses of vitamin C can reduce the wheezing in coughs. It was also stated that regularly having fish and seafood in your diet, prevents the risk of having severe asthma attacks by 50 percent. And also in the article are foods that are generally good against asthma like yogurt, because of its rich vitamin B12 content, coffee and other caffeinated beverages for its bronchi-dilating properties and also of papayas and other fruits that has high anti-oxidizing properties.
I was taken aback from everything that I have read, and somewhat came into realization. Did my mother know about these things back then? I also do not recall taking any kind of pill when I had attacks those times. So there must really be truth about alternative and homegrown medicine. And also, did my mother do most, if not all, of her cooking just for me?
Maybe it’s really my childhood asthma that is starting to show its ugly head up again. I won’t really know exactly until I had a visit with my doctor.
But if it really is asthma, I won’t let it win. Because I will not allow my mother’s sacrifices, for me, to just go to naught.