It’s been a while since I have posted on here as I’ve been trying to muddle along but after a really tough week with my asthma and trying to get the care I need, I felt I needed to post.
I did an event with work last week and on the Wednesday my chest felt tight but I cleared it myself with my Ventolin, on the Thursday at the same event I had an attack, they got St John’s Ambulance to me and two nebs later I was fine. Last Friday, I went to see my GP to see if they could refer me to the ‘hot clinic’ at my specialists so I can get seen sooner. I asked if there was anything else that could be done and was told I need to speak to my specialist.
Phoned the specialist to get an appointment, apparently she’s leaving in September and has no appointments and although I was told at my last appointment I would be followed up, according to her secretary, this can be 6 months or 12 (sorry, not good enough) they put me through to the nurses who have sent me an appointment for the end of July which I can’t go to because I will be on holiday and also by the end of July I’ll either be better again or I’ll have had another flare up!
I’ve had a&e treatment twice this week; Sunday and Wednesday, resulting in a total of 10 nebs, 3 lots of hydrocortisone, a potassium drip, magnesium and pred. I’m sick of this becoming a way of life and I can’t help but feel like I’m being failed by health care professionals. I know our NHS is doing the best it can but when Asthma UK publish reports about the number of preventable attacks and people dying as a result of their asthma, is it really any wonder when we’re left alone by GPS and specialists to just get on with it?! I am beyond annoyed with the system!