I was first diagnosed a year ago with late onset asthma as a result of a chest infection. Up until August this year I never really had any problems other than occasional tightness etc. However, in the last 5 weeks, I have been in hospital twice - 10 days the first time with a peak flow of 95 and 11 days the second - only discharged two days ago. During the second stay, I ended up in ITU having had to be intubated and on a ventilator for 24 hours. I am on prednisolone which I am having to try wean off gradually over 4 weeks. I also am on Serovent and Quvar inhalors and of course the blue inhaler.
My best Peak Flow is 480 but that was a long time before this episode. This morning I managed 170 and this evening only 150 - I am at the point of despair. I left hospital with no wheeze/cough and within 48 hours of leaving, I am wheezing, breathless and having to do my blue inhaler very frequently. My registrar has diagnosed Brittle Asthma (that is what is on my sick note).
I just do not know what to do. My life seems to be ruled now by asthma. I lost one job last year through it and am on my way to losing the second or at the very least, ending up on incapacity benefit. Can anyone please try to give me some positive comments to all this - I am just so depressed about all of this.
Thanks - in anticipation