I have been hit with 1 bacterial and 2 viral turned bacterial infections in 10 weeks. This has taken a toll on my well-controlled asthma. I have been on albuterol 4 mg tablets three times a day with a proventil rescue inhaler for 20 years. I have not had an asthma attack in all that time until NOW.
My pulse oximeter reading was 89% when I arrived at the doctor's clinic. Got a nebulizer treatment with albuterol. My pulse ox went up to 92-93%. After much negotiation, talked him in to letting me go home instead of being admitted. He put me on antibiotics, prednisone and gave me a mid level Flovent inhaler. Awoke the next morning wheezing just as bad. Back to the clinic. Another pulse ox of 89%, another nebulizer treatment. He consulted with the pulmonalogist about admitting me and they decided to add Claritin and sinus washes to the mix and let me go home. They also sent me with a peak flow meter to use. Imagine I have never had a peak flow meter in all these years. They had me do peak flow readings prior to leaving and the best reading I got was 200. [Not good.]
Yesterday afternoon. I could tell the steroids were finally kicking in and I got a peak flow reading of 330. When my doctor called me at home, he said I needed to go to the ER today for another nebulizer treatment if my peak flow got below 200. I am sitting here trying to wait for the prednisone to kick in this AM because I want to avoid the large military medical hospital ER at all costs. My peak flow is 210 and I am wheezing pretty badly.
I HATE this. I am sick of being sick. Thank for reading this rant.