I think I've possibly had the wake up call which I've needed. Ended up getting ambulance out last night because of chest tightness/feeling wheezy/really unwell, I got told that my chest wasn't too wheezy, but my oxygen levels were all over, they were going from 95%, - 86% - 98% - 85% within 30 seconds at the most, paramedic checked monitors to make sure they weren't dodgy or anything else & were fine. Most of my attacks hit criteria for severe attacks, & oxygen levels have hit 92% at the lowest during an attack.They have hit 83% before when I had a really nasty cough & couldn't breathe because of it. I had the nurse who I had last time I got admitted keeping a really close eye on my resp rate, pulse, BP, oxygen levels, ect, every 5 minutes, doctor who discharged me this morning after been stable for a couple of hours with BP 117/84, pulse of 102, resp rate back to a normal 15 breaths a minute, said to me I was lucky not to be seriously ill from it, & if I'd left it any longer, I woulda been really ill from how my oxygen levels were, I also got told that if it wasn't for the nurse who I had last time I got admitted, checking my obs every 5 minutes or so & took my oxygen levels down slowly, instead of taking me straight off it, I'd have ended up in HDU to keep a close eye on my oxygen levels & everything else. I didn't feel -too- ill with it, drowsy as hell, yes [I consider being tired/drowsy at midnight/1am normal?], tight in chest, yes, nothing any worse than ""normal"" though, didn't feel any wheezier than I normally do either. Blah. I've been admitted, been on back to back nebulisers, been on oxygen for hours, I've been on IV's [nothing drug related, BP drops a lot, end up on saline to bring it back up], had loads [meaning 6-7] of ABG's done, hospital treatment no longer bothers me, too used to it, A&E is like my 2nd home recently. How do u deal with a situation like last night though? When you're not feeling too bad for all your oxygen levels, BP, heart rate, resp rate & everything else to be completely off? Sorry if this is completely rambly, I've been awake 24hrs & got given codeine for the pain I'm in, in A&E before I got discharged.. Is it normal to have a male paramedic do an [full] ECG because of fast heart rate, & low BP? Had loads of ECG's done before & its always been a female nurse to do them. Little bit confused. Sorry to add -another- question, but can u request which nebs u get put on? I've been on both salbutamol and terbutaline, & find the terbutaline works better/need less of it than I do with salbutamol.
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