I've a character who has exercise-induced asthma attacks on occassion.
He's 25 and in good shape. He studies the martial arts, which he rarely has a problem with because he studies lower-impact styles.
My character is attacked in his apartment by two or three guys. A fight ensues, but since he practices martial arts and they do not, he manages to scare them off with his skills. But since he wasn't prepared for physical activity, it triggers an asthma attack.
This attack should be enough to have him collapse into unconciousness, but not enough to be in any danger of dying. If the person who found him wouldn't be worried enough to take him to the hospital, that would be best.
a) Should he have to use an inhaler?
I haven't written it out, but it would seem to flow more for me if he collapses before getting his inhaler. Though if he'd be in a world of hurt without one, there's no problem in letting him use one. ;) I still need him to pass out, though.
b) What does it feel like to have an attack?
If those who have it (particularly exercise-induced) would like to describe the physical experience of one, I would appreciate it. :3
c) If you see anything that doesn't make sense, please feel free to point it out. :)
d) The only thing I "need" is for my guy to have remained concious long enough to know the attackers are out of his house. It doesn't need to necessarily be a pass-out related to his asthma at all. I just figured it was the one that made the most sense in the circumstances. ;) I'd also (again) prefer that the friend who finds him isn't concerned enough to forcefully take him to the hospital.
Thanks very much in advance!
ETA: Thanks so much to the people who have already responded! I honestly appreciate it. :)
I still welcome any additional comments along the vein of discussion, but I'd suggest you read over what people have already said and how I've responded. :) Namely: I probably won't have him pass out from asthma-related causes. He may be very weak and slump down, but won't actually pass out. And that might not be from asthma at all - it might be from the injuries sustained during the fight. :)