i'm really really tired of being told to come in early for my asthma and then being fobbed off like i'm being fraudulent, and recently its been really starting to *!$$ me off.
i say recently, i mean Christmas/boxing day.
i had been vomiting for a few days (including Christmas day) so meds havent being staying down (my asthma gets a bit temperamental without theophylline/pred), so about 4 am i rock up at A&E, getting my mum to drive me so i dont have to use an ambulance. and obviously as i have staggered into triage i must be fine... the nurse declares that i'm 'hyperventilating' ( i am slightly blue at this point), get taken round to majors despite my sheet of paper which says 'please direct me straight to resus' she tells me to take two puffs of blue of my inhaler and as i cant breathe it in properly apparently i'm 'not taking it properly, so of course you'll end up in A&E'. so majors, take a blood gas, and have a neb, promptly get moved to resus after seeing some familiar faces, ended up with some adrenaline, magnesium and more nebs, the first doctor ended up googling half my meds, itu get called, some one comes down to see me we both agree that i dont need itu, after asking if i have any problems at home or exams in january (i do but wasn't going to be saying so) as i find that they like to pins things on stress.
The ward isn't much better and i get discharged in a few hours with a course of pred which i apparently dont need but only because i asked for it (which i didnt)and a discharge letter saying 'probably mild asthma exacerbation ? ', and i still wasnt given my morning meds in hospital so had a hellish night.
i think the lesson i've taken away from this is, i cant go in unless i'm dead or dying... somehow i feel limited with my options.
is there anyone else whose been made to feel fraudulent etc when going in to hospital/A&E or Gp?