By Heidi M. Pascual


Asthma. I had an attack just a few days ago, and I was a bit scared to get out and see a doctor because my residence has been classified under MECQ (Moderate Enhanced Community Quarantine) which bars senior citizens to get out of their homes except on emergencies. That was the operative word for me -- emergencies -- and I felt it was.


My first boss in Madison, Betty Franklin Hammonds, died of it in 1999, and the whole community grieved for so long… for the loss of a great social activist that simply had asthma! Hers was an emergency that was not acted on right away because she was alone driving her car when the attack happened.

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I received Janssen vaccine Aug. 3 then I had an asthma attack three weeks later. I got well fast and now on the roll again.