I was a prem baby (2 lb 7 oz) in 1963. I had severe asthma until I was 9 requiring 12 weeks in hospital age 8 (Llangwyfan ‘chest hospital). No problems at all for many years then age 48 I got an awful chest infection requiring steroids and was given 2 inhalers (salbutamol and cleanup). I’m 54 now and over the years I’ve had 3 or 4 times each year that have required oral steroid tablets. My asthma nurse in GP surgery has tried me on various inhalers eventually saying ‘there’s nothing else I can give you’. I’ve had a spirometer test 2 times in all these years. I have no written action plan. The advice the nurse gave me was ‘blow up baloons’
I go to my GP as soon as my chest starts growling and rattling and when I’m constantly needing the salbutamol. I’m currently using Seretide250 2 puffs twice a day.
Because I don’t think I have asthma attacks as such I feel im a bit of a nuscience to the asthma nurse. When I ask to see her she always says ‘see you in 12 months’ so now I just go to GP who gives me prednisone.
I don’t feel this is really best management of my asthma but feel powerless to do anything. I also gave Rheumatoid Arthritis and I’m a type 1 diabetic (diagnosed 1973).
I would appreciate any comments/advice. Xx Cathy