Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Joys of Asthma

So Monday started another lovely exacerbation of Asthma. I called up to Hopkins to talk to my nurse. I have 2 different nurses, one I love and one, not so much. The not some great one talks to you like your stupid and don't take care of yourself. Hence, I'm not a big fan of her at all unfortunately. So she called me back and I told her what was going on. At first she just kind of blew off what I was saying and started to quiz me on how to prevent the flu. The voice in my head was screaming "Are you kidding me lady!" I think she forgets I've had CF for 29 years, and am also a RN. Grrrr. However I politely answered her degrading questions so I could get off the phone with her ASAP.

She wanted to do nothing for my exacerbation to be honest. Just "keep doing what I'm doing." I then reminded her that I am only on Advair for inflammation. I asked her for a course of Prednisone, and Albuterol Nebs. She did agree to both after I had to remind her that I have Asthma also. I don't mean to sound negative, It's not me. However I just have a hard time when I'm trying to be proactive and take care of my myself and she is just blowing me off. Sometimes I truly wonder if she should be practicing as a nurse anymore. She's told me on different occasions that Sudafed is not a decongestant!? Hmm yeah I wonder about her. If you have patients who are 100% + compliant, she really needs to not be a road block.

So I'm on my course of Prednisone for 10 days weaning down to 10 mg. So far the Albuterol nebs are opening up the airways nicely and It feels great. I've also kept on running and pushing it. I figure I can't let this get in my way. So I've pushed hard and have ran some really tough workouts the last few days. It sure is good at getting stuff out though, woo.

Hoping for total relief here soon. At least I can do some nebs while I'm at work, that's cool ;)