I was wondering if anyone could offer any comments about recovering from a ""life-threatening exacerbation of asthma"" - that was the scary phrase in my hospital notes! Two weeks ago on Tuesday i was admitted via A&E, having only been diagnosed with asthma the week before following a chest infection.
I was one hour from ventilation at one point - the specialist said ""we've given you all we can, if there is no improvement in an hour, we will need to take over breathing for you to rest your lungs"".
I was eventually discharged on the Saturday after a few days of oxygen, nebulisers, prednisolone and antibiotics (only just finished those now!) I'm finding that recovery is very slow... I don't know what a good peak flow reading for a 37 yr old female is but I've had 440 on good days.
Yesterday, I had a bad day and night... mucus back in the lungs again and peak flow down to 200. I was scared. Today, I'm much improved and I actually think it might have been because I went to see a counsellor yesterday to talk over what happened. I feel as though I have turned a corner mentally and emotionally... I'm able to put it behind me ... but I am a bit worried about how long it's taking the physical symptoms to go.
Does anyone have any experience that might give me an idea as to how long it will take to stabilise? I'd be very grateful for your views as I'm starting to feel a bit of an invalid. Thanks in anticipation.