Posts by Chris Waugh

  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    We also had (in addition to the Tintinesque rocket), some Seussian-looking flowers…

    ...and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band

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    Variations on a Botanic Gardens theme…

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  • Access: The Blue Inhaler,

    Well, breathing exercises certainly do help. I find leaning forward and concentrating on deep, slow, regular breaths helps immensely with the natural panic response brought on by an asthma attack. And aerobic exercise generally, even though it is one of the triggers for many (myself included). Cycling worked wonders for my father, and since I've been back in NZ I've been cycling to work when that magic combination of weather and schedule allows and I've been getting back into swimming. But as Thrash Cardiom and linger have shown, it doesn't matter how fancy the name you give your technique, nor how much time you devote to it, there is no miracle cure.

    And what dave stewart said about climate and housing gels with my experience, too.

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…,

    My favourite Mongolians.

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  • Access: The Blue Inhaler,

    I love my ventolin. My asthma isn't severe enough for me to say it's kept me alive, but it has certainly helped make life much easier. I first had it in a capsule which I put in the back of an inhaler, twisted the inhaler which broke the capsule releasing a powder, then sucked the powder in.

    In China I could buy ventolin over the counter, even in pharmacies which kept it on a clearly labeled "prescription medicines" shelf, no questions asked. But I went without a preventer, which meant using more ventolin than is considered ideal. Not an excessive amount, but more than the twice a week the doctors say is "well-managed asthma". Oddly enough, the air pollution didn't bother me much.

    Back here I was prescribed the generic version, but that tastes foul. Since then I've specifically requested ventolin and sucked up the extra cost. A doctor told me the foul taste of the generic is from the alcohol added as a preservative. Whatever, don't want it. But, I'm back on a preventer, so don't use it anywhere near as much, mostly just the "ritual" puff before swimming.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    Chilling by a beachside playground in Waikanae

    And an apparition above Paraparaumu (funny the things you learn after 15 years away... Our Lady has been there since 1958 and I had no idea until today)

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    foreboding morning

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    I’m glad we were only camping in the backyard, and that we packed up and moved back inside before the weather arrived.

    ...then these two came rolling in...

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

    The Empire Strikes Back, says the ODT.

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    I think I found the husk of some ancient crocopig...

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