Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday at my large, overcrowded military ER. However, I guess I had underestimated the severity of my condition as I was immediately taken back to an acute bed. The resident listened to my lungs, read my typewritten list of my medical history that I carry in my wallet, and went and got his boss, one of the attending docs. After listening to my lungs, he proceeded to ask if I had ever been intubated for asthma before. This really got my attention! He said he hoped it would not come to that but they needed to treat me aggressively as my lungs were not moving air. Three nebulizer treatments of Atrovent and albuterol and 125 mg of Solumedrol IV had me shaking and all jittery but my breathing had improved immensely. I don't relish the though of what 125 mg of IV steroids is going to do to my bones but really there was no other option when one is having a severe, acute asthma crisis as the doc put it.
I had a chest xray, no pneumonia, and they made me walk the halls with a pulse oximeter measuring my oxygen saturation to see if I could maintain air movement. I passed and got to come home. They changed my antibiotic to a different one and said to see my PCP. Not like I hadn't seen him the previous two days. I must say that was the most efficient ER visit I have had in years. Immediate treatment and once improved, no waiting endless hours for the paper work to get completed. I guess this is one instance that being on immunosuppressants has a benefit - they didn't want me to hang around where there were so many sick people.
Thanks to all of you for your well wishes.
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