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There is nothing like illness that gives you the sharpest of reality checks. Today, I had a really difficult time breathing. I didn't think my asthma so severe since the last time I had an attack was about a year ago. Last week, I had the flu- coughing, runny/ stuffy nose, three days of fever, congestion and wheezing. Well, here I am 10 days later and I still have some chills, aches but the wheezing is worse than ever. I go to the urgicenter and then a whirlwind of activity commence when the doctor reads my SpO2 levels (94% oxygen) and hears the struggle for air in my lungs accompanied by the loud whistling when exhaling. Four nebulizer treatments later with a strong dose of prednisone and chest x-rays, it is determined that it's not pneumonia. Whew! Dodge that bullet. However, I'm still wheezing just not as bad. I got to go home and relax. But let me tell you, if it gets worse, I'm going to the hospital and skipping the urgicenter altogether. I am quite frankly scared about lungs for the first time in 5 years.