I've just escaped from my first stay in HDU with my asthma.I had lots of new things happen this time - I had to have an arterial line inserted,had my first IV aminophylline infusion (along with my usual nebs, O2, magnesium and hydrocortisone), and was assessed by ITU for BIPAP/CPAP, plus a very fast and rollercoaster-like ambulance ride! Needless to say, I was in pretty bad shape and after this am kinda struggling to come to terms with it all, although I am used to ""normal"" hospital admissions.
I'm generally after some advice on how to cope after something like this happens. I will be taking a course of prednisolone and having a low threshold for giving myself a neb at home, but I am a very fidgety, lively person and am finding it tough to sit still for too long! I am still getting breathless quite easily and am cautious of overdoing it, but I have to think about getting back onto my nursing placement which I currently supposed to be doing, as well as keeping a clean, tidy house etc...