Not expecting anyone to read this, just need a place to vent!
Today I went to see my asthma nurse. I didn't particularly want to see her since she is not in the least bit helpful, but I thought she would be better than nothing. I was wrong!
I was diagnosed officially in april, but have been using a preventer since March. When I saw the nurse in April my pf was still all over the place and I was using a reliever 2 or 3 times a week (I should explain that no one ever explained how to use a reliever and I've had one since I was six, I though it was only for when I couldn't cope and was desperate for help rather than whenever I was getting symptoms so the actual amount should have been 2 or 3 times a day.)I did ask at the time why I should take something which was having little effect, but was reassured that I just needed to give it time and that given my history it would take much longer to work than normal. She said wait 6 months. Things are still no better. I forgot to take my preventer for one day (results day so had a lot on my mind!) and suffered a lot the next day, as was pointed out in another thread, this shouldn't happen.
I saw her today and explained that some days I just don't want to get up I feel so bad and that it's stopped me from doing things I enjoy. I showed her my pf diary with no value above 390, and most below 360, despit my best being 450. I said I was using my reliever many times a day. She laughed at me and told me I hadn't waited long enough! I swear that woman has a way of making me feel about 3 inches tall! My pf there was 340 but apparently that's ok since I walked there! I'm 18 and fit and healthy and do lots of exercise when I can. No way should a 10 minute walk affect me like that! I told her I wanted her to do something, to mess with my inhalers or something and she refused, saying it wasn't necessary! Apparently it's ok that I still get symptoms because I've never had an attack! I did point out that this doesn't mean I won't ever have one but she didn't care!
GRRR so angry right now! I wasn't expecting much since I've had to use the internet to educate myself on asthma and how to use the inhalers, but I did not expect to be laughed at! I cannot wait to get to uni now just so that I have a chance of getting a decent nurse! On my way out I tried to make an appt with a doctor instead since I know all the docs there are good but I was told that the soonest appt they had is on the 17th september. I go to uni on the 15th (to be fair, the surgery does have issues with loads of old women making appts they don't need just so they can see a doc every week so it isn't entirely the surgery's fault!)
Anyway, I'll stop moaning now! Well done if you read all of this, just needed to get it all out and no one at home understands the frustration. I've made a complaint against the nurse so I'll have to wait and see what happens there!
It's good to have somewhere to moan!!!