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To the Man Who Helped Me Through My Panic Attack

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Hello Amazing Human,

Last night my inhaler and intranasal steroids got the best of me.

You were tired. You’d just gotten home from a busy weekend standing up at a wedding — a wedding I couldn’t attend because of my solar urticaria. But it wasn’t my solar urticaria that caused my panic attack. It was a regular over-the-counter intranasal steroid and the inhaler I’d been prescribed to take care of a nasty sinus infection and bronchitis I’d been fighting for weeks.

And you were there for me. You’re always there for me.

I sobbed for 45 minutes. I coughed so hard I was dry heaving. I physically couldn’t stop shaking for hours.

But you didn’t go up to bed — even though you probably wanted to — you only left to grab me a blanket or some tea. You held my hand. You held me. You talked to me when I needed it and stayed quiet when I needed that. You tolerated my dog incessantly nuzzling you trying to tell you I wasn’t OK.

You helped me.

And for that I am so incredibly thankful.

Unsplash photo via Neonbrand

Originally published: June 30, 2018
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