Hello. This is my first post on here. I didn’t know this existed until a week ago and it’s good not to feel so alone!
I have been a teacher (reception children aged 4-5) for over 15 years now. I am sure that it has contributed to me getting more chest infections. Last year I was on antibiotics pretty much all year and had to 70 days off. It was awful. I am with Barts Severe Asthma Clinic. Lots of steroids too.
I am looking into taking early retirement from teaching on medical grounds. I will still be able to do another job and am training to be a counselor/psychotherapist evenings and weekends. Barts say they can’t give me a letter to support my teaching retirement until they have exhausted all possible treatments. I am not eligible for their biological injections apparently. They are trying me on x3 a week azithromycin antibiotics. I’ve had these before and they didn’t do a lot.
Kind of reached the end of my tether with what to do next. So not sure what to ask from you lovely people! Maybe:
Anyone get support from Barts Severe Asthma clinic?
Anyone had experience of early retirement on health grounds?
Anyone else have recurrent chest infections? Anything worked for you?
I do everything by the book it seems… swim and run when no infection and eat so healthily.
Had CT scan in 2018. Mild bronchiectasis. Due another scan to see if it has worsened. Had nose (septum) operation last summer so can breathe through my nose now.
At a loss really and feel pretty fed up. I’ve been off school for the past month. Three lots of antibiotics and still not better so sputum sample done again to see which antibiotics I need now.
Sorry this is a ramble!! Xx