I have had awful problems with my asthma since Christmas. I have had two A&E admissions as well as several big attacks that I've just about controlled at home. I saw the consultant privately on Wednesday last week as my GP was too nervous to change any meds/give steroids(!). The consultant, who I previously saw in 2008-10 said that I am currently presenting like a brittle asthmatic, which is different to my usual asthma, and I may also have VCD on top of my asthma in an attack.
He advised that if my inhalers weren't working, I should definitely get to hospital, and as cold is one of my major triggers, it will need to be in an ambulance.
When my attacks are bad, I am not able to speak enough to call 999 myself.
I had put up notices at work to tell people:
•If I’m coming to you looking really unwell and unable to talk, you need to phone 999
•Stay with me and stay calm
•I may well be shaking a lot – don’t worry about that, it is a side effect of my inhaler
There have been several people who have been distressed about this, and my managers are keen to circulate some kind of more formal guidance/support on what to do.
A video was suggested, but it basically showed someone being helped by finding them their inhaler from their bag, and sitting with them whilst they took their inhaler. If I'm asking for help, I am way beyond this, and just need an ambulance to be phoned, and people not to panic to help me stay calm.
Does anyone have any resources that they could share when the guidance is aimed at brittle asthma, and it literally says just phone 999 and don't freak out?
I have registered with the text 999 service, but my ventolin makes me so shaky that I don't know how well I'd be able to text in an emergency, and I feel that having to do this myself would make me more panicked, which also would make my asthma worse
Thanks in advance