Asthma review yesterday, my asthma nurse so-so with last two weeks graph. Though apparently I've moved up from 60 % to 75%. (?) I've to stay on Seretide but on 2 puffs twice a day for the next month then come and see her again.
Put prescription into bigger branch of Boots. Cheery chap behind the counter asked if it was for me, as I collapsed onto a chair, red in the face having rushed along from Starbucks. So yes! He smiled, and his colleague came around with a form. Trainee pharmacist, he's checking the asthma control of 60 people. Logo of AUK on the form. Asked if could add me as one of the 60. OK.
Treatment history so far, asked about peak flows and could I fill in the 6 or so questions by ringing answers. His boss totted up my score and surprise, surprise I'm not well controlled.
Chap asked me to describe how I took the inhaler, which I did including the holding breath for count of 3. Suggested I hold for a count of 10 to allow steroid to descend to lungs, then take second puff some 20 - 30 seconds later. Holding for a count of 10 again. Which I tried with some difficulty last night. Better at it this morning - got to count of 8.
Looked forward to seeing me next time I put in prescription.
Anyone else come across this survey/form? Idea of holding for count of 10?
Sorry for long post.