I have had a horrid five days or so. We put up Xmas decorations and that night I had a doozy of an attack - asthma, not burglars - Whatever I did, no good. Couldn't call an ambo because my poorly wife cannot be left alone and i put her first in all things.
Since then my PF went down and down, from 550+ to 360, So at that stage and still have gross problems I call the NHS emergency. Lovely lady doctor said I need hospital, I explained our situation. So she faxed Sainsbury's Pharmacy for me to collect steroid tabs, ventolin nebs (we have our own nebuliser for my wife) and amoxycillin standby in case I consider my self infected, which sputum being clear as glass says I am not. She also said that if I remain the same or worsen, call the ambo and be whisked away to destination unknown.
Oh, and doc said to get those chrissy decorations down and away at once. Called our wonderful son-in-law who came down immediately and took down while I wore a surgical mask to keep dust out of my airways.
As a result of this, I have re-classified my self as Severe, (update Tuesday night: Doc says I am MILD but common cold has made me worse for a few days, be ok soon) because I do not like the nasties. I have experienced how bad this asthma can be first hand. I have also decide on changes to home life:
(1) Firstly a simple matter to resolve. As there are only the two of us in the house, I have left pushing the cleaner around (no, a machine, not a lovely young thing in a blue pinny) every two or three days. From today, providing I am fit enough, I will push the thing every morning before May (the wonderful but poorly wifey) comes down. I will also dust every day - all this wearing a surgical mask.
(2) My daughter could take time off her work as an experienced qualified carer with Leonard Cheshire Homes and knows exactly how to care for May. This would be for daytime Bry Ambo occasions if needed in future. But, I ask anyone who knows, what could hospital do for me that I could not do here, taking into account the following: We have a nebuliser and supply of ventolin nebs. We have oxygen cylinders and masks and cannulas, as well as my regular meds. I don't need an oxymeter because unless one is prepared around Â£300 they are not too accurate, and if i know I am bad, I know I'm bad. I wouldn't use more that 2 litres a minute oxygen without medical advice anyway.
(3) All this is realising that house dust, at least, will provoke an allergic response, asthma and allergic rhinitis, as well as cold/hot air exchanges, laughing too much and who knows what, let's say, the world!
(4) No more seasonal decorations in the house - no, not ever again!
(5) Change cleaner filter frequently - it's a Miele Cat & Dog version, powerful, like it.
Apart from the above, a normal life, whatever that is, does anyone know...(Hahahahaa!)
I will be delighted with responses to this diatribe, especially if it helps anyone in analysing their own asthma life.