I've had very mild asthma for several years, only when I've had a cold. Generally salbutamol and a couple days beclomethasone sorts me out and it's months before I need to use either of them again.
On Friday I had what I think was a massive full on asthma attack, brought on I think by a chest infection, but the inhalers didn't work and it was really scary not being able to breathe and I didn't know how long to leave it before I called for help...live on my own and brought up not to make a fuss. Decided that if it was still bad the next day I would go see somebody but it was slightly better so went off to my iceskating lesson (still not making a fuss) where a friend (didn't know he was asthmatic) suggested I needed to be checked over sooner rather than later and I found myself talking to an emergency doctor and getting my first lot of prednisolone.
Also got a lecture on the fact that asthma can kill and never to leave it so long again.
This whole episode has really freaked me out and I'm still feeling pretty unwell. I really don't like hospitals -- I also have ME, bowel problems, PTSD, a pituitary tumour, eye/sight problems and a couple of skating related injuries and over the years I've just grown to hate hospitals and feeling that
I'm wasting their time. With asthma being bad, how do you know when you should call 999? It's so new to me and so hard to figure out how bad I need to be!!
I'm wondering whether it'd be an idea to invest in a finger pulse oximeter so there would be concrete info if I deteriorate like that again?
Oh, and do you guys wear a medicalert or something similar?
Again, not wanting to make a fuss but this has really really scared me!!