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For the past 8-9 weeks (!), I have had an unidentifiable illness that’s been plaguing me. I’ve been having trouble breathing and have a lot of gunk in my chest.

I’ve seen multiple doctors, and I keep getting different answers. First, it was bronchitis, then it was an upper respiratory infection. Then it was a weird case of heartburn. Then back to an upper respiratory infection.

I’ve been on steroids, antibiotics, heartburn medicine, an albuterol inhaler, and back to another round of steroids. Nothing has helped.

This mysterious illness has been super annoying. I get winded after stroking around the rink once and obviously am having a hard time in my lessons. Sadly, I have not run my program recently since I cannot breathe. I have been able to run bits and pieces of it, but not the full thing.

I’m hoping to finally kick this illness soon because I plan on competing locally next month.


  1. anna
    August 9, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve had something similar 2 summers ago, just wouldn’t go away… What helped me was ginger strong tea (real ginger simmered 20 minutes), few sips every few hours. Feel better soon!

    • evabakes
      August 9, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      Turns out I have post-viral asthmatic bronchitis. UGH!! I wish ginger tea would fix this, but it won’t. 🙁

  2. Helin Shiah
    August 9, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    Oh no!! Sorry to hear you’ve been sick for so long 🙁 I hope your final diagnosis is correct and you can recover soon.

    • evabakes
      August 9, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      I hope the diagnosis is correct too! I’m unable to skate for very long without stopping to catch my breath!

  3. August 9, 2019 / 11:30 pm

    Oh dear, Eva. That must be so frustrating for someone as active as you. Sounds like there’s a definitive diagnosis, though, so hopefully no more guessing. Sending you best wishes for recovery–and positive vibes for your time on the ice.

    • evabakes
      August 10, 2019 / 6:37 am

      Thanks, Jo. I just want to be able to skate (and breathe) normally again!

  4. August 10, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I’ve had similar problems that seem like asthma but might or might not actually be that. Bad news on it is that stroking around a cold rink is not going to help. But if you got on a controller medicine (steroid inhaler) that could help. Sorry, I know it stinks to not be able to breathe well, and for so long.

  5. George A
    August 11, 2019 / 12:10 pm

    Get well soon Eva. I can relate to your frustration, having had several medical issues that took me off the ice for months at a time. Too bad you can move to Sun Valley and skate outdoors in the summer sun rather than a damp indoor rink with recirculated Zamboni fumes.

    • evabakes
      August 11, 2019 / 12:30 pm

      Ooh, Sun Valley would be awesome! And great for allergy sufferers like me!

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