Hi there, I'm new to Health Unlocked but not new to Asthma, had it since birth, and at 6 months old stopped breathing and almost died (I'm 22 now). I feel I can control my Asthma fairly well, and have an attack every 5 or so years. I never wanted to be one of those people that relied on an inhaler and as a kid never really took it, unless I felt like I needed it. Thus I never really carried an inhaler on me meaning when I have had an attack it always turned out pretty bad.
Now onto what I need help with, I'm a graphic design student in my third year and am currently doing a project about chronic illness and how to help people manage it, and I've chosen Asthma to focus on as I have plenty of personal experience with it. So what I need is other people's personal accounts of asthma attacks, especially ones where you were caught off guard without you medication, how you handled it and why you weren't carrying your inhaler? To help me identify areas which could be improved on.
I the last two times I've had an attack I've not had my inhaler on me, because it happens so rarely I forget I need it and leave it at home, but have been at school and Uni when it happened so there were others around me to help and go and collect my inhaler or order a taxi to take me home to get it. I now carry one in my bag all the time (but do not if its empty or out of date), but there are times I'm without my bag and don't carry it, I've yet to be in a situation where I'm by myself without medication, but do not know how I'll handle it. Any personal experiences you could share would help me out a bunch, and any other comments or thoughts on the state of Asthma and its treatment in the UK would be a helpful insight. Like the shape of the inhaler or medical professionals approach to asthma etc.
Thank you in advance for reading all this, and hope you can help with my project.