My son, Leo has been out of hospital just over a week and yesterday started with yet another constant cough, despite being on maintenance dose preds, seretide, ventolin and deloratidine. I took him back to the doctor yesterday afternoon and even though Leo coughed constantly in the dr's room, he, as usual, claimed that Leo's chest was clear. He then went on to make several worrying comments ranging from Leo seems to be a brittle asthmatic (I think the consultant would have mentioned this if he was thinking along these lines so early on), to Leo being an 'enigma' as his chest always sounds clear!!
He read through his hospital notes and said it looked like we'd been having fun and games and I reminded him that he had said his chest was clear the day before he was admitted so maybe he doesn't have a wheeze during his attacks..and seeing as his SATS were down to 86 the day he was admitted and he was put on hourly nebs and oxygen for two days it was quite clear that he was having a full blown asthma attack.....with NO WHEEZE!!!!! AARRRRGGHHH!!!
Sorry to rant but I can hear poor Leo coughing as we speak and it is just sooo frustrating to think that we might possibly end up back on the ward tonight or tomorrow when our GP should have done something yesterday when I went in. Maybe We should all get together and ask Asthma UK to re-inform GPs practices with reminders that Asthma does not equal wheeze in all asthmatics?
I know that from now on I will be bypassing the GP altogether and going straight to the ward whenever I am concerned. There is a paediatric triage system on the ward and we have open access so I feel I can trust them so much more.
Add your own stories here if you have similar experiences and maybe we can get through to GPs somehow?
Best wishes to all,