Has any one ever called an ambulance but by the time they arrived, the ventolin has worked and you are almost recovered? What was the attitude of the paras?
I had an attack in the middle of the night 2 nights ago where i woke up coughing and really had to work hard to stop coughing and to to be able to draw a wheezy breathe.If someone had been with me i would have wanted them to call an ambulance. I live on my own and didn't call an ambulance because i couldn't talk, and i wouldn't have been able to get downstairs and let them in anyway. besides i wasn't really thinking straight - only thinking breathe, breathe BREATHE!!!! Thankfully for some reason I had put my inhaler and spacer next to my bed that night because there was no way i could have gone and got it if I hadn't. I recovered eventually and managed to get back to sleep but when i woke up my peak flow was 150-200, normal is 450+. I went to the doctors that morning and got preds which are helping. I've never had an attack like that and it is the scariest thing I have ever experienced and made me realise how easy it is to die from asthma.
When I get a cold or something triggers my asthma I sometimes wake up with a low peak flow (200-250ish) and it takes a while to get back to normal, or even to a point where I can get out of bed.
At what stage do you call an ambulance? I'm worried that if I've recovered by the time they get here they'll be cross about me wasting their time. Has this ever happened to anyone?
I'm also worried because I cough rather than wheeze that they won't take me seriously.
Basically I'm scared of calling an ambulance but i don't want to play russian roulette with my life.
Thank you for reading