I haven't been around in a little while, and sorry in advance for the mammoth post, but I could just use a place to rant!
I am currently suffering with my longest exacerbation of asthma - I am into my fourth month and it still shows no signs of getting better. I have recently been referred to a consultant at the hospital, had my first appointment with him which I came out of with mixed emotions - on the one hand, I was relieved that I was being taken seriously, but on the other hand disheartened because I still have no idea how long it will take before I am feeling well again! I know it is probably very difficult to predict with this sort of thing, but I hate the uncertainty.
I had a blood test done to check for allergies, and he is looking into my cough because he thinks there is something else causing that, rather than just asthma (I've been coughing constantly since I was 6 despite being on high doses of preventer inhalers from the age of 15 - I'm 19 now). He also changed my doses of inhalers, but two weeks into this I'm not really feeling any different. I have another appointment in two weeks, but I'm not really sure what to expect again...I just want to start feeling better!
I am pretty much housebound - can't go out on my own and start coughing and wheezing the minute I'm walking around outside, particularly when it's cold. I feel tight chested pretty much all day, even if I just stay on the sofa! Night time symptoms are not so bad now, but still there. I am supposed to be in my first year of music college, but my lungs are refusing to play oboe at the moment, so chances are I'll have to drop out and hopefully start again in September! I am trying to stay positive, but it's difficult when this is the first time I have really experienced asthma as severe as this, to the point where it's really stopping me from going about my daily life. I am going crazy with boredom, but can't get out and do much because I'm exhausted most of the time.
I have never experienced asthma like this, but at the same time I know there are people out there who have it much worse than I do. I keep thinking positive, and telling myself that it WILL get better, but it's hard to stay positive when there's just no let up from symptoms.
Sorry for the huge rant, I just had to get that out of my system! Hope this cold weather goes away soon, it's really inconsiderate to us asthmatics!