๐Ÿ’จ Spirometry Test for Asthma: Surprising Results! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (8/22/18)

– All of it, all of it, all
of it, all of it, all of it. Good job. – [Man] Her lips turned blue. – Okay, so it was a little harder than I thought it would be. Whoa, those results are
just like shocking to me and even my doctor, but. (upbeat music) Hey y’all, good morning. Harlow’s just decided to sit here. Okay, now she’s standing. Lay down. Very good. Okay, so this morning I’m off to my allergist, immunologist for a PFT, pulmonary function test. We’re gonna check out my lungs with some breathing
exercises and we’re gonna see how my asthma is doing
because since I’ve been on Xolair injections for my mast cell it’s actually been helping my asthma. Since my last shot, my third one, I actually haven’t needed
my maintenance inhaler, which is an inhaler I would take everyday to keep a control on my asthma. I have something called
cough variant asthma and you can learn more about it here. I actually don’t really wheeze. I cough more and have like
really horrible coughing fits from asthma attacks. But anyways, things have been improving and we’re excited to see on the spirometry just how much improvement there has been. Right Hippo? So let’s go do that. – Blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow. Suck it all in. All of it, all of it, all
of it, all of it, all of it. Good job. – [Man] Her lips turned blue. – I’m fine. Okay, this is already going a lot better than my last one.
– Oh good. – [Judd] What (mumbles). – I’m good. – Now, we’re just gonna
sit here for a minute. There’s no (mumbles). We can take it slow. You’re gonna feel sort of like running the Boston Marathon.
– You’re gonna look like it. – The equivalent of my married life. – [Judd] Your lips
turned blue on that one. – Bust it, hit it hard,
push, push, push, push, push. Keep going, keep going,
keep going, keep going, keep going, keep goin,
keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. Blow, blow, blow, blow, suck it all in. All of it, all of it. We missed it. You try this one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10. Breathe normal. – Okay, so this is a little harder than I thought it would be. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a pulmonary function test for my asthma. The very first time I did it, prediagnosis I couldn’t even finish the test. They had to give me a nebulizer. So it’s already going
much better than that and we’re really testing, you know, we wanna see how I’m doing post Xolair. I’m doing better. Since my last shot, the third one, I haven’t needed my daily
maintenance inhaler, which is awesome. But it’s still kind of a challenge. Judd’s laughing, cheering me on. So I do the first part with no assistance. She won’t make me do
more than eight tries. I think I used all eight,
but we needed three matches according to the machine. And then I did four puffs of
the Ventolin Rescue Inhaler, we wait 15 minutes and then we repeat to see if there’s improvement. And Hippo’s being a very good girl. – Blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, blow, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going,
keep going, keep going, keep going, you’re almost there, almost there, almost there. Suck it all in. All of it, all of it,
all of it, all of it. Okay. – Y’all, I hold in my hand the results of a normal spirometry test. This is the best I’ve ever done. Oh my goodness. I mean, it was exhausting and my chest does feel a little bit
tight and I’m worn out, but I’m thankful. That’s the Xolair. It’s crazy. We stared it for my mast cell
but we’re seeing benefits in other areas. I don’t have to take my
maintenance inhaler anymore and obviously I’m keeping
my rescue just in case for like over exertion
or if cigarette smoke happens to get me, but I’m
not even that sensitive to my trigger anymore. It’s awesome, right babe? – What? – Oh my gosh, he’s hungry. We’re going to breakfast. But so happy. And then next week I go
back for my Xolair shot and we’ll get even more info. We’ve got more stuff to talk about allergy, immunology wise. Oh, is his shoulder better? – What? It’s higher up so she
doesn’t have to strain her neck as much. – I guess it’s a better height for her. – [Judd] And there’s
better pets over here. – Okay, whatever. – [Judd] She knows those pets. – It’s a good day. I’m thankful. Come here, come back. Come back to me. – [Judd] She just like
strained her neck so far. – No, she loves it. Her tail’s wagging.
– Hippo. – Whoa y’all that was a great appointment. I did honestly expect improvement, but whoa, those results are
just like shocking to me and even my doctor, but
we’re happy about it. I’m so thankful. I was just saying the other day that while I may still be struggling and not doing as well as I would like in some areas of my health, I have made obvious
improvements in other areas. It’s not all going to be
how I’d like it to be, but I’m focusing on the positives and I’m so thankful my
asthma has improved. Now, just because I
have a normal spirometry doesn’t mean my asthma is gone. I still have it, it’s just
improved to that extent and it’s really because of the Xolair, ’cause like I said we’re using it mainly for my mast cell but it has been known to, like one of the main treatments
that Xolair is used for is really severe persistent asthma and my asthma wasn’t considered
severe and persistent to begin with, so it makes sense that it’s aiding with my asthma and I don’t have to use
my maintenance inhaler. Now, I’m gonna hold on to it in case I get like a respiratory infection, I may need it for a short period of time, but it’s really just my rescue that I need for just in case moments. But my triggers I haven’t
been as sensitive to like cigar and cigarette smoke, humidity. I can go up the stairs and I’m not winded as often as I was and I’m
really, really thankful. It’s really funny though because I thought I was doing horribly with the test because the first round
before the inhaler, I was coughing and hacking. I couldn’t breathe out as
long as she wanted me to. I had to do all eight of the trials because I think I mentioned that the max she would make me try and do is eight, but I guess, you know, I did well. I asked the nurse should
I stand up to do this, would it make it better? And she said that honestly
I could sit or stand and I was like, you know,
if I stand for too long I’m gonna get dizzy and then I could fall, so sitting is safer. I’m just gonna stay seated
and I gave it my best and the results turned out well. Now my immune system, my immunodeficiency it’s another story and we’re
gonna talk more in depth about that next week. I know she has some
testing she wants me to do, but that’s for next week. I know my immune system
isn’t doing as well as we would like it to and we
may need to intervene more, but that’s for next week. Today was a win for my asthma and that is what I’m focusing on. You know, when it comes
to chronic illness, you can do everything right
and things can still go wrong because a lot of things
about living in a body that doesn’t function the
way it should are unfair. Everyday you face battles. You’re gonna win some,
you’re gonna lose some. But that is why I think it is so important to focus on the successes, on the wins. You know, little victories
are worth celebrating no matter how small they may seem. Now to me personally,
today with my asthma, this is a big victory to me and I’m elated about it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t focus on the small stuff as well. So if y’all have any
successes or victories you’d like to share, please
put ’em in the comments. I would love to lift each other up and help each other
celebrate our successes. Again, no matter how small. Maybe it was just getting out of bed or if you’re still stuck in bed, maybe it’s just connecting with the world by coming onto YouTube. Whatever it may be. You know, the victories
aren’t always huge, but even the little ones are worth while. So, I’m just so smiley
today because of that. So grateful. And with that I’ll say goodbye and thanks for joining
us on our adventure. (upbeat music)