Whilst i was costafied i found things very awkward on my ward and at times almost slightly upsetting. A lady a few yrs younger than me was brought in after an asthma attack and was still struggling, eventually after she got very distraught and her partter quite tetchy they gave her aminophyllin and mag sulp which seemed to sort her. The next day i was talking to her and i was shocked surprised and frustrated with what she told me - despite only being on symbicort 200/6 she had home nebs?????!!!!!!
she frequently looses conciousness very suddenly during attacks?????(she kept on saying she was going during her attack on the ward but i think it was mmore hyperventilation)
She is a smoker (but refused nictine patches when offered).- this is what i found the hardest. As soon as she was off the ivs off she toddled for a fag then of course on return she was very wheezy and demanded lots of medical attention and always went straight back on the o2.
Now i never have smoked and do all i can to control my asthma with alot of meds and of course dont always suceed but when someone comes onto the ward like her i found it really upsetting and it also made me very angry but the nurses just flapped around her as is there was nothing she could do to help herself. She also managed to keep the whole bay awake all night and most of the day with horrendous snoring - i think she may have sleep apnoea and she ate for england,was very obese (i know im no skinny minny but i try to keep my weight down) blaming it on the pred when she only takes it occasionally.
I found it really upsetting and made me quite angry (not the norm) and it has left a lasting impression on me which i cant seem to shift.Any ideas suggestions and coping mechanisms that people kno to help me get over this.
sorry to rant .