A bit of a rant follows...
I’ve been really breathless since my HA amd stent, but thanks to this wonderful forum, I was sure it was all my meds and thought that once they were tweaked it’d all be ok.
I’ve told every medic I’ve seen about my breathing, but they only took me seriously when I started rehab and couldn’t even do the simplest modified exercises without gasping. My cardiac nurse was so worried she rang me at home and told me to go to A&E, as that would be the quickest way to be examined by a dr.
I was admitted into hospital and then the fun began.
I was on water tablets as they thought fluid was affecting my breathing and they did seem to be helping, but they lowered my BP too far. So then I was put on fluids to get my BP up (while still taking water tabs!!)
Finally got moved to the coronary unit where I feel I’m being seen as a time waster. Both water tabs and fluids are stopped. I’ve had one med switched (Bisoprolol to ivabradine) but i don’t know if 24 hours is long enough to see the effects. They’re talking about sending me home and telling me to be more mobile. No one has really checked my breathing and I’m now finding I’m unsteady when I walk. All I want is to be able to exercise without gasping and just to be taken seriously. 8 weeks ago I was doing boxing workouts three times a week! I know that tablet tweaking can take a long time and everyone is different but I’m getting really frustrated with my progress 7 weeks in. I feel I’m going backwards.
I see another cardio guy this morning but the ward sister thinks he will have a different opinion from the others I’ve seen and will just send me home.
I’m armed with notes and have alerted my cardiac nurse, hoping she will get on my case too, but wish me luck! Any tips on how to deal with differing opinions (most of which don’t “feel right” for me) will be appreciated.
Sorry for the long post. I did warn you!!!!!