I'm new to the forum. I'll do a little intro, as I know most forums like newbies to do that - I'm Emma, I'm 30, married to Sean since Oct 2011 and we have two dogs, Jake and Jasper who keep us busy and entertained! ""Cinnamon"" is my nickname from work based on my married surname. I'm an IT Technician for an Infrastructure Charity.
I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 7, always been relatively well controlled over the years - usual combo of Flixatide/Serevent and then Seretide. Was on Montelukast between the ages of 16-23 but the asthma nurse took me off it. I have eczema and hayfever, also.
Had a bad flare up these past couple of weeks. Started as a cold which hubby gave me, dropped into my chest as they have a habit of doing and became a chest infection. Asthma went to pot - I regularly sounded like Darth Vader and coughed so much I pulled a muscle in my chest. I don't appear to wheeze very much, although I did as a child.
Hubby ended up phoning 999 on Sunday 19th for me, as I'd been fairly bad all day, but went into a prolonged coughing fit and was really struggling to breathe. H was scared. Can't fault the paramedics, they were lovely, got us hooked up to a neb and whisked us off to A&E. They let us go in the early hours of the morning after being on the neb on the understanding I saw my GP ASAP.
Luckily, I managed to get an appt with my doc, and he's put me back on the montelukast and upped my Seretide to the 250 one twice a day, he also extended my course of pred. He thinks my meds had been scaled a bit too far back, and the combo of the cold and stress (my H had recently been in hospital with kidney problems and we also sold our house) just pushed it out of control.
So that's me. At A&E they asked me if I had an ""action plan"", as far as I can recall, I've never had one - what is it, and do I need one?