I started my new spring/summer routine this Monday. Taking myself off as agreed with my new asthma nurse stepping down to Flixoide 250 one puff a day from Seretide 250 twice a day.
Last year I was fine on this routine but on Monday night the cough started so I reach for my Ventolin two puffs. Then yesterday started to cough again two puffs. Then two puffs when I got to the doctors to see if I could get appointment for tomorrow. Alarm bells started ringing so ask put myself back on Seretide last night and manage to get an emergency prescription for another inhaler right at the end of the surgery hours. Thanks to the receptionist who got it down in the last 45 mins.
Rang asthma uk this morning for some advice and I was told that as my body is used to the seretide it would kick in quite quickly. So that's good. The nurse then asked me lots of questions to access why my asthma wasn't happy on just Flixoide. I was offer 125 seretide by my asthma nurse two weeks ago but decided on Flixoide. The nurse on the helpline said it could be because of the pollen (yes hay fever too) that could be irradiating my upper airways. I take monkelaust and an anti histamine too. I have notice that my hay fever kicked off in February. Also discuss my age etc as I pre menopausal but that not a factor as my hormone level are keep level with the pill. Ask if I ever saw a consultant and said never have. Her other main concern was the high dose of steroids I getting at the moment because of risk of thinning bones and cataracts. I forgotten that risk so will ask asthma nurse in twelve weeks time when I see her about this.
Back to doctors today for open surgery to tell doctors I was back on seretide. Check over all fine. Told him what the asthma nurse said and he was happy with that. So plan is to watch my asthma for the next 12 weeks hoping to be symptom free and then I could step down to 125 seretide.
Just when I thought I got to hang of this asthma things change again. The asthma nurse on the helpline said asthma changes all the time for each person we don't always stay static.
Now I feeling fine and not coughing. I think my body is so used to seretide its just excepted back. Glad I did all of the above to look after myself. That's hard sometimes as like anyone you don't want to time more medication but I need to look after me.