For the first time, I had a panicky moment where two puffs of Ventolin didn't help.
Properly diagnosed this year as to having asthma, the brown preventer inhaler has done such a good job. that mostly I've been forgetting the hard times both before and shortly after, the meds sorted out.
The other night, came in from the shops and unpacked all the stuff. Then set to clearing out the cat litter trays - there's three trays and they all needed a complete litter change. So it was heave out the barrel we keep the new litter in and humph it along to the various trays. This done, I took the binbag with all the old litter out to the bin.
Coming back to the kitchen, I washed my hands and noticed the salt indicator on the dishwasher was flashing ie needs new salt. Bent down, lifted out the bottom tray which of course was already filled with pots and dishes LOL. Added salt to the bit at the bottom of the washer. Takes forever, that chore. At last finished and stood up again. Little heart pumping and slight shortage of breath.
Looked at clock - time for my preventer puff anyway. Upstairs, what to do? Umm.. Preventer because it was that time? or Ventolin for the shortage of breath?
Decided on the Ventolin on the premis that it would open a bigger space for the Preventer to 'go in'. One puff then another half a minute later of the Ventolin. Have a seat. Nope, still breathing fast. I don't have a peak flow meter or anything so I reckon if I can blow out softly to a count of fifteen - twenty, then I'm ok. Long ago, I used to be in a choir and we'd hold notes for a count of 28 - 32. Waah!
This night, I only got as far as 5. Did this mean it was a serious thing? Should I be going to A & E? Took another two puffs over next two minutes. Count of 8. Getting a wee bit easier... Last one for luck. Better-ish. Count of 14. Then I took my preventer inhaler. Felt a bit light headed for the next half hour or so. Then fine and back to my usual breathing out count.
I confess this gave me a bit of a scare at the time. I have sent off for the card that tells me and my family what to do if I get a really bad attack.