Earlier this evening I was having a bad asthma attack and my medication was not helping much so I had to dial 999 and asked for ambulance. My peakflow was 130.
The Rapid Reponse Paramedic that attended was very abrupt with me and said that I was overbreathing because of my chest infection, he refused to treat me then left.
There I was, left alone having an asthma attack, I was not sure what to do so I then decided to try and treat myself with my Atrovent inhaler, I had already used the maximum dose of that medication during today, so I risked overdosing on that medication because I was frightened to call the ambulance service again in case the same Paramedic returned to me.
My usual dose of Atrovent inhaler is 2 puffs 4 times a day when chest is bad, so I took it, which now means I have taken 6 lots of Atrovent today, fortunately this medication did eventually work for me, so it was asthma despite what the Paramedic said.
This experience has now made me think twice now about telephoning for an ambulance in future