Had an attack on way to work today - fortunately hubby was driving - and quickly realised wasn't getting better with Ventolin, so asked him to turn round and take me to hospital. Had to battle with the traffic back into town.
By the time I got there I was nearly passing out, hyperventilating too and wheezing and crying. All I could do when I got there was hold up my Ventolin to show the receptionist.
Anyway, they were brilliant. Got me on a nebuliser straight away. BP was very high. But within 10 mins of finishing the first nebuliser I was coughing and rattling again, so they gave me intravenous hydrocortisone and another neb. Second neb made me feel really bad - very shaky and heart pumping like hell, thought I was going to explode. They told me that was normal with high doses of Ventolin and to try to relax.
So, long story short, now I'm home, with a 5 day course of Pred (30mg daily all at once!) and I'm shattered. My chest still feels tightish, but more raw, as if I've inhaled smoke and I'm still very trembly. I'm hoping this is normal?
As this was the first time I had to go to hospital I found it a very scary experience. My husband was brilliant. He told me later he was really scared too, but he kept so calm, which really helped me.
Any reassurance/advice would be greatly appreciated.
One thing I have learned from today is the importance of writing down your meds and keeping them with you. I couldn't remember a thing today, my brain wouldn't work. I told them I reacted badly to the green inhaler, and later on when I was a bit more lucid, I noticed they'd put a red band on my arm with the word Serevent on it. It SHOULD have said Salmeterol but they told me when they asked if it was Serevent I said yes.