I would be really grateful if I could hear of people's experience of being assessed for AOT. When I had my run-in with the respiratory nurse who told me I couldn't have it the only thing she did was an earlobe blood gas test which was normal, which made her say that I didn't need it anyway. I was so upset with her attitude that I didn't pursue anything then, but I have given it more thought since then
1 She obviously couldn't do an assessment when I was in Atrial Fibrillation, perfectly reasonable.
2 Surely if I am to have an assessment to see whether I need oxygen when exercising I should be exercising for the assessment, and for the blood tests as the British Thoracic Society guidelines say.
3 Why did she say I couldn't have an assessment when I told her my SATs went down to less than 84 and I was unable to finish the 6 mwt. Everything I have read since on here and elsewhere is that I should have been offered oxygen in these circumstances and wasn't. I feel I have been abandoned. I have told my consultant what happened but have heard nothing back. My GP is on holiday but I shall make an appointment when he comes back.
I will be very glad to have your comments.
I forgot to say she said nothing about future appointments. I have told the GP I saw last week what happened and she was shocked. No doctor nurse or consultant has made the rude comments about my mobility scooter, if I had oxygen perhaps I won't need it so much. I am due to start PR in September if my cardiologist allows it, in the balance at the moment because of all the heart problems I have. I do not have COPD but I do have bronchiectasis and obliterative bronchiolitis. My lung disease is very severe.