The other week I had an awful attack, which admittedly I didn't help by have 1/2 hourly nebs for 12 hours at home until i gave in and got my mum to drive me in (I know its awful but am embarassed to go in an ambulance).
Anyway when I got to A&E, i was seen within 5mins and put in majors. I was given two b2b nebs of atrovent and sabutamol while a doctor tried to get a needle in....it took 6 tries and at least 20mins. I know they were saying I was shutting down but those 20mins were agony and I was wondering if it is normal to take so long...after two doses of hydrocortisone the doc was stil indecisive and called paeds who moved me immediately to Resus and started aminophyline within 10mins.
I'm now in adult medicine and am very scared at how slow A&E took to treat to me and get a cannula in....the doctor was very hesitant to put any mag sulph/aminophyline and without paeds I'm scared i could have ended up in ICU.
I'm sorry about this little rant!!!