So...breathing wasn't great last night, still not great this morning, lots of Ventolin. Eventually cracked late morning and rang 111.
I did wonder when the 111 dr on the phone told me to take 2 puffs of Ventolin and I'd be feeling better when I got there (umm, I'd already had rather more than that...did he think I'd just got SOB and rung without taking anything?!) But usually I find if the phone dr is not so helpful the actual one will be.
Got there, not too long a wait (seems to be advantage of going in daytime). Dr was not one to waste words: asked me if I was on a blue inhaler, I said yes and just a few other things as well... Also asked me if I knew what triggered it - said running for a train and possibly the high pollen and he said, ah yes, the pollen - bet he's heard that more than once in the last couple of days!
Did temp and sats (100% - random, they don't drop much generally but have been even low-mid-90s when I was feeling much better than today!) Pulse natch all over the place. Didn't do PF hehe so I didn't need to have THAT conversation thankfully - though it isn't ideal atm, however I never know what I'll get from one blow to the next and usually sod's law says the high one will be in front of the dr. Also asked if I'd had pred before and if it had helped.
He listened to chest - actually quite thoroughly, kept going back to certain bits, percussed then listened again, then immediately said I needed pred and to start it right away, would take a few hours and keep taking the blue and call again if needed. (Wonder what he heard? It would be nice if my chest is going to start making appropriate noises when needed as it seems to make life easier re getting some relief.)
I did say I'd been taking a lot of blue and he asked me if I'd had a neb before and if it helped - said yes and yes so also got a neb! Have to say another neb would have been nice as I did feel a bit better after (and still do) but not as good as after the last time I had one, but even one was helpful and more than I've ever got before at OOH who have mostly not been that helpful before!
So now have 5 days of 40mg. Wonder if this will do the trick - have usually needed more once I've got to this point; I should have had it before I suspect to stop me getting to this point (not convinced by asthma nurse on Wed telling me to just keep taking the Ventolin till I see the cons) but will see. Reluctantly/provisionally booked in to see usual GP on Thurs (not sure it's needed) so will see.
Anyway, just thought I'd share as that is the first time OOH have done for me what I actually want them to do ie give pred and neb - I've never wanted them to admit me or anything, just sort me out as they should be able to do when what I have at home isn't working.