I have been struggling with my asthma worsening now for several months and been in and out of work during this time trying to stabilise. During these times of sitting in bed trying to catch some air I have been encouraged by checking in here and reading some of your posts and realising that I am not doing it alone and that there are others who know exactly how I feel. I wasn't going to join the discussion boards but then realised that if everyone did what I was doing and just reading them then there would be no discussion and therefore no support for everyone out there!!!!!! So HUGE thank you to everyone that contributes to these boards, you've helped me!
The other thing thats helped has been reading the tragic ""asthma death"" post which made me realise how serious our condition can be and that if we need to slow down and take time off to recover then so be it and that we shouldn't need to go round constantly apologising that we can't always meet the demands of others as we might be too unwell. I, along with several others on here it would seem, am guilty of always going back to work before I am fully better and then end up uncontrolled for longer! I think we're worth more than that eh!!!!!!
My GP has just started me on an additional salmeterol inhaler to complement my current regime of pred, seretide 500 (yep you can still get it!), ventolin, theophylline and singulair (as well as a multitude of antihistamines!) to try and stabilise during this lovely but stifling weather, so you can all hold me to it... No going back to stuff before we're fully fit to!!!!!!!!