I need to vent!
It's so frustrating knowing what you need but nobody listening to you. I understand you're a nurse practitioner and you've had how many patients walk in with asthma symptoms but I am not your usual asthma case. I have very severe, brittle, difficult asthma. I am on Step 4 therapy according to the British Thoracic Society and soon to be step 5. My asthma is cared for by respiratory specialists. You did not even believe that I was on Seretide 500 Accuhaler when I told you what medication I was on, and asked me more than twice if I was sure I wasn't on a lower dose. So when I tell you that my peak flow hardly changes and I only start to wheeze when I am really struggling, please listen to me, so I don't have to ring up NHS Direct like I just had to get seen by an out-of-hours doctor for some prednisolone that I needed just as much when you saw me 2 hours before.
So many health professionals contradict each other. My named doctor at my practice hates giving me prednisolone, so much that once when I saw the other doctor for some, he told me not to take it against her word. I have ended up in hospital overnight so many times that I cannot remember. I have been in HDU and had so many wires monitoring me that I looked like the back of a television. I understand prednisolone is not a nice drug due to it's side effects but when I tell you I need something more, please listen to me. The nurse who I saw today told me my chest was as clear as a whistle and I was not having an exacerbation; however when I couldn't even eat my dinner because I was that breathless that told me something different. The doctor told me I was sensible for ringing NHS Direct and not leaving it, so if anyone has any second thoughts, please get a second opinion.
I stress again, PLEASE listen to us patients. We know ourselves better than any of you.
(P.S. please don't think this is coming from a deep-rooted fear of hating medical professionals. I am a nurse myself).