After 11 days in the hospital, with 2 life-threatening attacks and an allergic reaction in that time, I was discharged yesterday. I'm glad to be home, of course I am..but things really aren't as good as they should be.
In the hospital, once I was out of Resus, I was on 4-hourly Ventolin nebs, and 6-hourly Atrovent nebs, using inhalers in-between to tide things over. We tried to cut them down and added in saline nebs after the second attack. Eventually we got down to 6-hourly Ventolin nebs, 2 saline nebs, and 2 Atrovent nebs, then to 3 Ventolin nebs, 3 saline nebs, and no Atrovent nebs (just inhaler). Two days before discharge I was down to 2 Ventolin nebs and a couple of saline ones, and the day before discharge, I just needed 1 Ventolin neb on waking up and 2 half saline nebs. I didn't have any yesterday so I was able to go home.
I was on Fostair initially and I definitely noted that the change to Seretide 250/25 was a turning point for me. I was also on 40mg Pred daily until this morning, and Amoxicillin 1500mg a day for the first 7 days of my admission. But my peak flows are still low and my chest feels congested and tight and painful, despite 15 puffs of Ventolin about 45 minutes ago, 2 puffs Atrovent, and 2 puffs of Seretide.
Like I say, I've got GP today at 3:30pm, so I'll probably get more Pred or some flix to add on to Seretide or something but..
Any thoughts? :/