At first we may just be laying there,
and then all of the sudden we have a simple cough.
Of course we know that it will continue. We feel our lungs and throat being prepared.
We are forced to inhale deeply because in any instant we will not be able to breathe.
We begin coughing which leads to gasping for air.
We start hoping for it to be over because we don't know how much longer we can last without not being able to breathe. By this time our face is beet red, our whole body is aching from the intense muscle tightness, and we begin to feel faint.
After we have coughed, choked, and suffocated for several minutes we start gasping for air to catch our breath.
Our lungs burn and for the next several minutes we try to regain our composure and strength.
And then...well...we are done and continue on with what we were doing no matter how many coughing spells we have through-out the day because to us, this is normal.