Last night I had an awful experience that I found quite scary. I had been wheezing since Monday and managed to see GP on Friday. He confirmed I had a chest infection and prescribed antibiotics and Prednisolone that had before in February when I had my first ever chest infection.
I had developed a cough that was relentless so I used the doses of Fosfair I’d been told by my GP and used my ventolin lots of times.
As I have a hiatus hernia, I had to hold my rib cage every time when I coughed or sneezed as the pain was severe.
When I went to bed I started coughing and had to get up out of bed and couldn’t breath properly. It was like there was a clear mucous stuck in my windpipe, which is why I described this experience like ‘drowning’.
My respiratory rate went crazy and eventually when paramedics arrived - Three and a half hours after my call - my rate was 24 and they told me normal REPS are 12-20.
They gave me a nebuliser (first time I’ve had one) and it was amazing and together with oxygen brought my REPs down to 12-14.
I only dialled 111 which is why I had to wait so long.
Would if have been right to dial 999?