I'd be interested to know if others have had problems with this and how I could deal with it if it were to happen in the future:
I haven't been posting much here recently as I've been unwell (not with asthma), and I just escaped from hospital late last night and am now totally exhausted.
I was taken into hospital by the little green men from the street - I had been walking to uni so just had my uni stuff with me and the only medication I had was my reliever inhaler - although I did have a full list of my asthma (and other) meds, emergency contacts, medical history etc which the paramedics found (I was unconscious) and passed onto hospital staff, plus all my info comes up on hosp. computer as I have different consultants working with me and quite a complex medical history.
Although I was in hospital quite a few days (and have been in the same hospital with my asthma repeatedly so they do know me), my correct medications were never obtained for me (and most of the staff, when I asked, didn't see it as important - this was not a resp. ward and my 'presenting complaint' was not asthma - one nurse was a bit concerned and asked what would happen if I didn't have one of my inhalers - ""well, it's a long acting broncodilator so it keeps my airways open, so if I don't have it....""), I didn't have my singular, they had no access to a spacer for me to take the steroid inhaler they did find (and I'm on a high dose and have been told by my consultant I must take it through a spacer), I wasn't able to wash my mouth out after taking this as I was wired up and not allowed out of bed - again they said they were sure it wouldn't matter, and at no stage was my asthma monitored - at home I do peak flows twice a day (and more if things aren't right) - they didn't even have a peak flow meter. (BTW, this is a large London hospital, not some tiny rural hospital that might be forgiven for not having access to everything).
I feel very let down. I've really struggled since last September to get control over my asthma and felt I was getting there - my consultant was really happy with my progress when I saw him last month. Having had only limited meds (and some incorrect - I have just checked box) and been under a lot of stress, I'm not surprised that when I did my peak flow last night and again this morning it is well down - I'm keeping a close eye on it, have a GP appt after bank holiday and will go to A&E if it drops further or doesn't begin to pick up because I'm not taking any chances - but I'm annoyed to be in this situation.
Is it normal for non-asthma specialist nurses/docs/wards not to take asthma seriously in hospital? I'm concerned because this could have been serious. I don't know what I can do to ensure it doesn't happen again - it would be impractical to carry around all my asthma meds, spacers and peak flow meter everywhere I went 'just in case', I have everything written down and it's on hosp. computers - what more can I do?