I know there have been a few threads on flying with asthma but I was hoping someone could give me some advice/experiences more specific to me.
I'm TERRIFIED of flying (you could say I have issues!!) - I went once a few years ago just to Scotland when my asthma was well controlled with just a daily preventer inhaler and very occasional Ventolin use - the issues were more with me scaring the other passengers firstly when I got on the plane and was convinced the wings weren't straight (and let everyone know as I freaked out!) and then when we landed and I was convinced the pilot had forgotten to put the brakes on... You get the picture
In August I need to go to Ireland as part of my course. And the possibility has also come up of me taking the trip I have wanted to take for the last 12 years to Australia later this year. The trouble is, that as well as being terrified of flying, my asthma is also now severe/brittle and I'm on a fair amount of meds including daily Pred and not well controlled at present. So my questions are this:
Is it OK to fly with unstable/unpredictable asthma?
Does the airline need to be told and will they let me fly alone?
What issues do I need to consider/discuss with doc/cons about flying with asthma?
What issues does the cabin pressure/environment present (I'm thinking especially with going to Australia here)?
How is my fear of flying going to interact with the asthma (anxiety/stress is a trigger)?
Is a sedative a good idea? Or would this be bad for the asthma?
Anything I haven't considered? (I'll look at insurance separately - this is a big issue too as I've been in hospital quite recently)
Sorry for all the questions - I really really want to go and be able to conquer my fear but I also want to be sensible with regards the asthma.