Hi All, during Christmas I had an exacerbation (although I didn't know at the time that that was what it was called!) and after spending 36 hours in bed I contacted the NHS direct helpline because something clearly wasn't right (I was convinced I was on the way out!).
A couple of hours later I was being told that I shouldn't have left it so long, that people as bad as I was don't always make it back (think this was the shock tactics) etc, etc.
A few days later and part way through a course of antibiotics & steroids , as instructed (and feeling a lot better) I visited my GP. He supplied me with "emergency antibiotics & steroids" to keep at home and "use as necessary".
I know I should have asked what he meant by "as necessary" but I didn't.
My Christmas infection started on the Friday last afternoon with feeling very cold, shaking, headache and by Saturday morning I just couldn't get out of bed. On Sunday I made the call (didn't want to waste A&E time). If I'd had the meds then when should I have taken them? How do I know that it's not simply a bit of a sniffle and is going to develop into something serious?
To complicate the issue I also take another [powerful] drug once a week which, because of reactions, I HAVE to stop if I take the antibiotics, so I don't want to just start a course of antibiotics/steroids unless it's necessary.
Can anyone offer a suggestion, many thanks