I finally went and saw my pulmonologist today, after my asthma attack that landed me in the ER on Friday. Well actually he was stuck at the hospital doing a procedure, and apparently I was better off not seeing him, as he's sick as a dog! LOL. So I saw his RN, who dragged out of me how sick I've been feeling, and his nurse practitioner NP, who was also terrific. I always feel a bit as if I'm ratting myself out for my own good, but it's sort of a good thing, because no one else if my life really knows how to help me with this.
But I'm kind of upset, because they are concerned about me. And really of course you want your doctor to care, but I would rather be healthy and doing all right!
I tried to post something longer a bit ago, so this will be a bit shorter, and I'll add to it as I have a chance. Basically I have really bad asthma, and it's out of control. Which was kind of relief to hear them say it, as I thought it was, but was worried I was making a mountain out of molehill. If I get most of the symptoms I've been getting I am to call them/and or go to the hospital. Basically because I can get in trouble by doing too many nebs at home, and since I live alone, they would like me there sooner rather than later!
Meanwhile she is going to look into Xolair for me. I think I was tested for this a few years ago, but my bloodwork didn't fit the parameters where they could use it. Who knows. Maybe they've updated some of the guidelines. But also I do take an arthrits med which is similar kind of biotech stuff, and I'm not sure I can take them together. But it was nice she is looking into things.
I'm also supposed to start tapering from 60 pred. tomorrow to 50 for 5, 40 for 4 etc. But it was nice because she said I can stay at the same dose, if I have problems. But to call her within a day or so if I get stuck at a dose, as they don't just want me to be taking a high dose pred. for days without them being aware. Meanwhile, I'm supposed to go back in two weeks.
By the way, I was sounding the best I've sounded in days, but she did hear several wheezes. LOL. Isn't it funny how grateful I was that she heard something!
I don't know it's a lot. I'm worried about my job as I have to keep taking off for apts. However, I don't know what else to do. I've just been stepping out for a few hours to go for the apt., then working around the time by staying late etc. But it's hard to push so much when I'm already sick.