My Asthma has been pretty severely out of control for some time now but while the respiratory team I see on a regular basis have been amazingly supportive and patient with me I can't help but want to stomp my foot and scream at my local A&E department.
I generally do not take the decision to present myself at A&E often as I find it frustrating and equal to banging my head against a brick wall repeatedly.
I seem to always get fobbed off by doctors with little knowledge of anything but a textbook (almost junior version) of what an asthma attack is supposed to be like. For instance my chest tends to go very silent and not much air will move around in the base of my lungs, so where there is little wheezing I get told there is nothing the matter, surely O2 sats of 92/93 prove otherwise to this theory? I can go for days with no proper sleep due to my asthma and when I know I'm struggling to look after myself because I am so tired is the point at which I feel it necessary to present myself to the hospital. This evening I had to present during what is essentially my good time of the day only to be met with a doctor who did not even know how to operate a peak flow meter (not the first time this has happened) and who would not listen when I explained that my body was tired and while the nebs picked me up briefly that I was worried that I would be back in the same situation within a few hours as night time is my worst and needless to say I was right, now I have to decide whether I have enough energy to represent and go through the same discussions or hope for the best and ring the respiratory dept in the morning. It's a bit ridiculous that it should keep coming to this constantly.
Sorry by the way I realise this is a mammoth whinge!