I was with my children in a public park, playing with the kids and all of a sudden I felt like [I was] breathing very hard. I didn’t know what was going on. I’d never had asthma; I’d never had a thunderstorm [asthma] attack before
I discussed it with my son who was 12 years old at the time. I told him I’m not feeling well, I think we’d better go home.
When we got home I didn’t know what to do. I was still breathing very hard.
When it was 8 o’clock that’s when I decided to go to the hospital
The medical staff explained to me there was a thunderstorm and ‘all these people you can see here, they have the same symptoms as you’.
For the first time I thought it was just something new to me, and this is not something life threatening. But when I came here and the medical staff explained to me more details, that’s when I panicked and I felt ‘I’m lucky that I’m here at the hospital now’
I got looked after by a nurse
The nurse advised me I have to do the puffs of Ventolin and she showed me the 4 steps [of asthma first aid]
When I used the Ventolin 4 times I felt relieved and my lungs were no longer wheezing and I wasn’t coughing any more.
I went to my doctors and from there we started following up on what to do and how to tackle it. Thank god I’m ok now.
I carry reliever medication all the time, in my car, in my house, wherever I am going I have it. And now I know what I’m doing because I educated myself about the asthma plan and now I can help myself and help others.
I did first aid for asthma, and from there I started working with my community.
I teach so many people what to do – the 4 steps of asthma first aid
Whenever I attend public or community gatherings I always talk about it and share with the people
I feel better now because I have the knowledge and I know what asthma and thunderstorm [asthma] is about. I never knew before so now I have the knowledge and I’m not panicking about anything
I feel my asthma plan is under control and I know what I’m doing now.