Im Kate, 16 years old and was diagnosed with asthma last year. In the past 2 months Iâ€™ve been in hospital twice. The first time was really scary and they couldnâ€™t control it at my local hospital so I was transferred to a kid hospital and put in Intensive care on CPAP (non-invasive mechanical ventilation, anyone else been on it??), just to help me a little. Along with IV salbutamol and everything else they pumped into me I recovered slowly. The second time was about a week ago. I was at school just sitting in class and I started to cough, then wheeze then about 5 minutes later was gasping for air. I was taken to hospital and they give me continuous nebs for 2 hours, then IV salbutamol, prednisone, and IV magnesium. The strange thing was that my oxygen stats where still fine at 96%. My heart rate and respiratory rate was through the roof but my oxygen was fine (I was on oxygen) and so where my carbon dioxide levels. But later my oxygen stats dropped to 70%. I was put in resus and they where preparing to intubate me, finally they got my oxygen back up into the 90% and put me in High dependency unit. Every time they took off my oxygen mask my stats would drop back to 70%. I spent 2 nights in HDU then got transferred to the ward and was outta there in a few more days. Each time I got put in hospital it was quiet serious but there didnâ€™t seem to be a trigger. The first time I was asleep and the second I was sitting in class. Since January I have been on prednisone (not always on high doses, but most of the time). Im also on seretide, singulair, ventolin (nebs and inhaler) nasonex and flunisolide.
Does anyone else seem not to have any triggers?
Has anyone been on CPAP for an asthma attack?
Does anyone elseâ€™s oxygen stats behave like mine? (really good then a sudden drop?)
Thatâ€™s it I think