I've been asthmatic since I was 3 and although I've had bad episodes, they have been nothing like what I've experienced this year.
At the begining of April I was hopsitalised for 3 days and I really thought I was a gonner. It was the first time I ever needed an ambulance to get me there. They gave me something in the back, which made me sick I really felt I was losing conciousness and was so scared - I just had to keep fighting to stay awake/to breathe. They gave my loads of injections and put me on constant nebs & oxygen. Anyhow, I slowly recovered after a week off work and thought it was a one off. Yet at the begining of June, I was housebound for a week with asthma (another week off work). And again, one month later, I'm restricted to the flat..... it seems like it's taking longer each time to get better. I've just started another course of pred.
I'm so scared that I won't get better and never breathe normally again. I saw a specialist shortly after being in hospital and she told me that I may have COPD due to all the inhaled steriods I've taken/ previous smoking history (crazy I know, but I've since quit). I'm only 28 and feel as if things are slipping away from me. I can barely shower because the steam sets me off. Every few paces and I need a puff of ventolin.
I know I'm completely stressed right now - I'm in the process of being made redudant and stress never helps my chest. It's just bizarre how one week I can go from the best peak flow reading I've had for years (450), to zilch overnight. My Dr isn't the best - he knows I go through so much ventolin, but really doesn't say anything about it. I'm on Seretide 250 too, which I thought helped, but doesn't seem to be enough at the moment. I've been really doing my research and I'm disappointed that my DR hasn't negotiated an Action Plan or prescribed me spare steriods etc....I'm really going to lay my cards on the table when I see him this week...
Anyway, I've ranted a bit - and I'm sorry. I'm just so scared. I'd be grateful for anyone to share their experiences with me and give some guidance..