CDC Tips From Former Smokers – Jamason: “I Didn’t Know Why I Couldn’t Breathe”


When I had my first
asthma attack, I was terrified, to be honest,
I was scared, because I didn’t know
what was happening, I didn’t know why I wasn’t able
to breathe. I didn’t know anything. I was just knowing
that I couldn’t breathe. I was at work,
and somebody was smoking, and it — it just got to me. I received a text message
from Jamason. And the text message said,
“Where are you?” And I said,
“I’m at home. Why?” And he said,
“Well, I’m trying to get air.” And I knew that that
was not a good sign. So I called my mother,
and she came and got me and took me to the hospital. And so I turned my flashers on,
my emergency lights on, like it was a siren, I guess, because I was driving fast. And I just held his hand,
because it was very scary. And I just held his hand,
and I told him to squeeze it every now and then just so I know
that he’s breathing. I didn’t want him to talk,
because I wanted him to save as much breath
as he could. Within a matter of minutes, they had him hooked up to an IV, they had a nebulizer hooked up, had him on
a breathing treatment — continuous breathing treatment. And they were just doing
everything they could to open up his lungs. When I was in the hospital, I was there for about
three to four days. And I wanted to go home,
but then again, I didn’t, because I knew in the hospital
there was no smoking. And outside of the hospital,
there was a lot of smoking, and I didn’t want to have to go
through that again. Secondhand smoke exposure triggers my son’s
severe asthma attacks.