Does anybody else here get a bit fed up with the assessments at the G.P's?
I know that they have to be done, but they always make me feel like a am a naughty girl, for using my inhaler 'too much'
I am 45, and have had asthma since childhood, and like many people, used different medications over the years. I did not have inhalers as a child, only pills, and they did not work instantly - so I remember sitting with my parents - waiting for the 'attack' to pass. It was not a good time for my parents or me. I know I am not alone in this.
Anyway. I have had a few major attacks - and been to hospital, but on the whole, I have tried to keep my asthma under control, and keep away from things that trigger an attack, or things that I am allergic to.
When I have these assessments - the nurse always questions and tells me how many times I should use my Ventolin. This is all well and good - but there is no straight-foward answer for me.
Some days I use it more than others. Some days I hardly use it at all.
On my last assessment - I told the nurse that I used my Ventolin 3 times a day - she was mortified - and said it was far too much! Unless they are asthma sufferers themselves - they have no idea what it is like to be short of breath. I tend to use my inhaler, as and when I need it - not at certain points through the day.
I have never seen the point in using the Ventolin when I do not need it.
Yes - I have tried preventers - but personally I could not get on with them
Also, I used to get 2 Ventolin inhalers on one prescription. It is more cost effective - and I like to have a spare (I expect many of you panic, when you do not have one to hand).
Anyway - any thoughts would be most welcome