Hi! Am I the only one with this feeling? Since I was diagnosed with asthma, back early 2015 I have had two subsequent reviews. The last one, in April, I remember talking about how I was failing to recognise my own difficulties. By that time it had been brought to my attention quite forcibly by a friend of mine. She (she is a doctor) was talking of uncontrolled asthma. Our daughter had also dropped hints for a while that I had symptom that I didn't notice. The nurse agreed that can happen. However, it did not trigger her into checking if I had any symptoms, even by just asking me. With hindsight I was coughing a lot, but that wasn't discussed. Inhaler technique wasn't checked. I had never been given an asthma action plan. I got my first one in he hospital, where I ended up for four days with an acute asthma attack back in June. Now I am still on high (I think) doses of inhalers. The hospital firmly told me to stay on them for three months. But I do need to start looking to reducing the doses in September, I also need to discover more about triggers, and I am working on recognising my own symptoms. I am good at present, but still reeling from the asthma attack and having to learn about this chronic condition as I have not before realised how affected I am by it.
I am now feeling highly desillusioned by the surgery asthma nurses (on their list of specialist nurses, not a single one mention asthma as a speciality). The one I met at the hospital was good! I am so desillusioned I am wondering about the point of them, yet I certainly by far would prefer to work in partnership with someone to reduce medication, and, as it were, learn the shape of my condition.
Does anyone else feel this way?