Peter Moore was my childhood friend. We were born almost the same time in Rural Kansas. We did everything together: racing, going to school, chasing after girls and going to the movies. At our age we never cared about a bad weather. We even used to go to play when it was rainy. Once we got home soaked, we could some beating from our parents but tomorrow we were at it again.
We grew to big boys and we never let go the child thrill of engaging in mischief. But that was not to last forever. Things changed in a dramatic way and we had to deal with what came our way. Peter had asthma and he needed medical attention.
The onset of Peter’s Asthma
It was one of the weekends and as usual we were out for a wild day. The weather was chilly but this could not prevent us from having fun. We walked and ran for hours nonstop. I used to beat Peter in the races but this day he was extremely slow. In fact I had to insist that we go out and I wish I had not. He had a problem catching his breath, which never occurred before. We thought this could pass but it never went away.
I was a few meters away from him when he fell and struggled for his breathe. I got back in a few second and tried to help him breath easily but he had a really struggle to get back to normal breathing. He was sneezing with his mouth wide open and sweat rivulets were forming on his forehead. I loosened his shirt and fanned fresh air with my hands over his face. I was lucky to have taken part in first aid classes since this a moment I needed it most.
After he stabilized, I began to look for a way to get back home. I tried to stop passing cars but nobody seemed to care. At last an old lady came by and stopped. I explained to her what had happened and she was happy to help. It was a coincidence that she lived in the same neighborhood and she took us home. I thanked the lady but she said she was happy that we got home faster and safe.
I explained to Peter’s parents what happened and they decided to take him to hospital for further check-up. Peter was found to be asthmatic and the doctor said that he was lucky to survive the acute attack. He was admitted for 4 days and nights after which he was to follow it up with regular visits to ER.
Days and Nights at the Hospital
For 2 months, Peter made countless visits to the hospital. He underwent rigorous allergy tests and put under aminophylline treatment. During the 4 days he was admitted, I used to pay him a visit. I would find him sleeping and he struggled to sit up and have a conversation. He told me of his chest pain and that he was weak. I would see how the once strong friend of mine was growing weak and I would pity his situation.
I knew we would never again have the runs into the wilderness. That did not matter now, what I wanted was for him to get better and be back home. Peter was loved in our neighborhood. His sickness came as surprise to many and everyone wanted to show affection. He received visitors both at home and hospital and there was no time he felt alone. The doctor and nurses were nice to him and they assured us that he would be fine.
Peter won the battle with asthma
Just like the doctor had said, Peter would be fine. After 2 months of intensive treatment, he was cleared fit to get back to way things used to be. But he was cautioned not to stay in the cold and avoid some allergens. He was also given medication to keep away any asthmatic attacks, Ventolin and some kind of steroid inhaler.
I thought we could never go out again as we used to but I was the happiest that he got better. We spent many hours indoors talking about our childhood days. We usually took short walks in the nearby town but only when the weather is fair.
Previously this website belonged to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America (AAFA), Greater Kansas Chapter. Now, it’s not affiliated with the AAFA.
Below is some useful information about AAFA and its roles.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, support for research, and an array of services offered by a national network of chapters and affiliated support groups.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter supports the national organization through it’s various programs. We are dedicated to serving the estimated 200,000 area children and adults who suffer from asthma and severe allergic disorders. Our programs are designed to:
- Promote understanding of the illnesses and how to control them.
- Educate those who suffer from asthma and allergies as well as the Greater Kansas City Community.
- Support improved quality of life through our direct support programs.
- Support scientific research of asthma and allergic diseases.
- Work with local physicians, nurses and other health care professional groups.
- Support the national organization in its endeavors to help those with asthma and allergic disorders.
- Provide support through educational scholarships
In General The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Greater Kansas City Chapter, (AAFA-KC) was committed to enhancing and saving the lives of asthma and allergy sufferers through support, advocacy, education, research, access to treatment, and great healthy diet plans.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter had dedicated over 25 years to serving children, adults and families who suffer from asthma and allergies. Want to find out more information? If so, click on the links below. Working together, we can help you control your asthma and allergies, living a life without limits.