I posted on here last Friday that I was struggling and fed up - 4th exacerbation this year and feeling rubbish. I was struggling over the weekend and the pred didn't seem to be doing much so on Monday morning I decided I needed to see my GP as my pf was 190 (personal best 550). I phoned at 9am and was told that my GP was busy and that he would phone me back in the afternoon. I said that I needed a call back that morning but was told that I would have to wait until the afternoon. It was after 3pm when he phoned me back. I explained and he then proceeded to go through the ""asthma questions"" is it affecting your sleep(GRR) what about your exercise tolerance(more GRRR was struggling to walk from one room to another and by this time I was really upset) so he agreed to see me at 5.20 but was ""very busy"" and I might have to wait. I managed to calm down, but when he saw me and checked my pf (by this time it had gone up to 280) he told me that I was not that ill and didn't need to go to hospital etc. He said ""that's almost 300 and you must be getting better"" I pointed out that I might be, but it might also be because I had had my nebuliser with ventolin and atrovent!! I showed him my action plan from the hospital and the fact that it says I should be seeing him if my PF is between 180 and 275 and he just said that he thought it was over cautious and only really meant for people who were blase about their asthma!!
I didn't expect him to wave a magic wand and make me better, a little reassurance and some sign that he cared would have been nice. I got the feeling that he just wanted me to go away and be ill and not bother him. I am going to have to change my GP as I feel that I deserve a bit better than this.
I waited until today and phoned the surgery to speak to the practice manager. She is not available for me to go and see her for a few days,but is going to phone me back tomorrow.
Hopefully she will be able to sort this out for me as I don't want to have to see him again.
On a more positive note my PF is up to 300 this evening although I am still feeling a bit rubbish. I phoned the AUK asthma nurse this afternoon and she was really lovely - THANKS - and listened to me for ages.
Sorry for the rant!!