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I am in big trouble.  last Thursday did my volunteering in the morning was lil cold out that day but was in the daycare with the babies.  then I went swimming at the Y for my exercise and all was good I was talking to the very handsome lifeguard and was swimming the water was a lil bit cold. then I got out to warm up and dry off and started coughing some kept it quiet and then it seemed to go ok, then I got home and it got worse so took a treatment.  at bedtime was coughing again, was tired and lil hoarse.  thought it was ok, then Friday morning woke up and was worse, could hardly talk, was coughing bad and was on couch all day sick, could not do anything that day at all.  Saturday I went to the store to get something I needed and I walked there and was weak on the walk back.  the apartment was doing inspections today so I cleaned some Saturday was still bad and sunday more of the same and still cleaned,did laundry and made pie and was so bad that night I had to start nebbing twice a day, come Friday night I knew I was in a flare. Monday I called my doc and was able to get in yesterday to see him.  Monday I cleaned more for the inspection and I made myself worse.  yesterday I was gone 5 hours and I back pedaled I came home and rested and last night I was so tired I could not do much at all and wornout and weak again.  I got my update semi bad Appointment done before 10 when it was to start the doc said he came in the wrong room first. He looked at my asthma action plan but did not fill it out ggggrrrr. He said I sounded OK in the front but when he got to the back he said I was a Lil bit wheezy. On the rare occasion I was actually wheezy today He said he was giving me pred again. And was printing me a script for an antibiotic just in case as he knows I can get chest infection faster then idk what, but he said not to take start taking it till Thursday or Friday if the pred is not helping. He is to give me more samples of symbicort. So I am sitting here takinga Neb treatment. He asked when my last one was and I said last night was to rushed this morning to do one. He asked how my sinuses were as they are usually shirty as well. H4 asked me how my cat was and asked when her birthday was. I just want to go home and sleep. I was to go out Wednesday and Thursday but I might admit defeat and just stay home to rest as the more I do the worse I feel. My doc is so good to me. He actually wants me to keep him updated which none of my other docs do which is nice. I can fall asleep waiting for the bus to come back for me. I really wish my asthma action plan would have been filled out but he came in my room first by mistake so he prob had to go to his other patient. I am a hot mess. doc asked me about princesses B-Day cake again as I said before about making dessert pizza for me and friends and said I only ate one piece because all the chocolate on it and he was like but you can never have too much chocolate right and I said right but I just didn't want the pizza anymore this doctor condones eating a whole entire candy bar to try to stop an asthma attack. So my doc said they meaning the narcotics board would not give you any pain meds and I said right and I said I fixed the pain on my own and showed him my knee brace and said if not worn I have pain so this is my pain relief and he said good. If I go to my fam doc just for bad asthma he knows what else really plagues me and will always ask me about those at each visit even if it is not the reason I am there. So today outside my asthma he asked how my sinuses were and about being denied pain meds and me showing him my knee brace. He is a top notch doc.   I take xopenex which is every 8 hours and in docs office they give me reg albuterol and it lasts 4 hours and the 4 hours are up now and now i keep coughing, i am tired, small headache, lil nauseous and i can cry, watching a movie tryin to rest. I am def taking 2morrow off from friends to rest even though i want them here for the inspection.  Ugh the plot thickens now. I was to clean more before the inspection but idk i am hurting some now and feel lil nauseous which happens at times when i do not feel good so i at least have TO vacuum the bathroom floor but it is gonns be a extra long dayand i am prob gonna cancel thursday as well so i can rest best that i can so now i can really cry. This inspection is going to be fun. NOT!!!! I did sleep again this early morning but idk how much, i wantes to clean more today but might just vacuum the bathroom and call it a day and hope it is ok. I am still really tired,am sore and still so nauseous i can throw up. Cancelled staff for today and cancelled them for 2morrow as well. Then Friday has to go out to get to shrink appointment then coming home to rest i feel so bad i think the added stomach pain and nausea is making me feel worse.  Ugh my doc sent me in Cipro in case I need it but when I take that with pred I get feet and ankle pain but I do not want to take the antibiotics unless it is a true infection. My neb treatments are every 8 hours yet inhaler is every 6 hours so i learned while awake i can take inhaler 3 times a day when i can only use neb twice a day.  I took today and 2morrow off to rest but I just want to cry, I feel like a big mess.

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  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, my goodness, Momofcutecat, I hate that you're going through all this. I'm glad you went to the doctor, but ugh on everything else you're going through.

    Could you check back with your doc to see about how to best schedule your inhaler and neb? It could be that they are the same or similar medications.

    I hope you're getting some rest. And I hope the inspection goes well! It sounds like you've really worked hard to get ready for it.

  • Pljohns

    Momofcutecat-I'm so sorry that you have all of that to deal with right now.  I"m with K9smom-glad you went to the doctor but you certainly do have your plate full right now.  Hopefully you can rest some and just get through the inspection. on soon feeling better AND on being done with the inspection.

  • momofcutecat

    K8 I have xopenex in my inhaler and my nebulizer my doctor who wrote the inhaler for every 6 hours for the nebulizer for every 8 hours which is kind of weird but that's how he wrote it I keep waking up early in the morning and can't go back to sleep and I get cranky I just rested a little bit and missed most of dr. Phil but I downloaded a new service today call Netflix it's new to me anyway and I binged watched like 6 episodes of the show Fuller house because I really wanted to see it and that inspection lasted 2 freaking minutes the office manager and maintenance came in check the my stove make sure the smoke detectors were working and check my bathroom really quick and that was it and when office manager asked if I had any problems to tell them about I said me and my friend smell like mold and mildew in here but it might be because of how hot it was and she said that might be it and ignored my third complain about mold and mildew but that inspection was so stupid and I waited awake and didn't nap so I can be awake when they got here and it was useless I'm very cranky tired and annoyed I haven't coughed much today because of my other pain if I have pain elsewhere my body doesn't cough much because of the other pain I'm just still so miserable and worn out doctor said he was giving me an antibiotic but to not take it until Friday if the prednisone alone does does not work but I don't want to take it if it's not an infection and besides the one he gave me makes my feet and ankles hurt when I take it with prednisone

  • momofcutecat

    I have a mop but it doesn't work very well to get some of the spots on the floor so Saturday I freaking a spongy thing and actually hand clean my floor myself with that sponge thing all will having a flare and being miserable I did that a few times with taking breaks and I scrubbed my microwave a few different times so it was almost totally clean and I even cleaned out my freezer from the stain I made in there of ice cream and I literally clean my kitchen so well that it looks different than it has been all while having a bad flare and being really weak and worn out and it didn't even really look at any of the work I did just look at the stove and he didn't even look in the microwave or anything else you would think it would at least look in the refrigerator and freezer to see if it was working but no so I did all that work for nothing and when I told my mom in a friend of mine that they like well you really needed to clean it important to clean I know that but not while I'm having a big Flair like this is not I'm glad it's over and I'm taking tomorrow off as well from volunteering at the daycare and swimming even though I'm going to miss her really handsome lifeguard he was very helpful I just can't swim tomorrow anything bad really happens to me at the pool the handsome lifeguard is there plus he's also certified EMT and he's going to be a paramedic so if I wouldn't really have a bad attack and can't control it on my own like I tried to last week he would be there to help me

  • K8sMom2002

    MomofCuteCat, sorry the meds cause problems for you and that you're having to cut back on the things you usually do. It's good that the lifeguard at the pool is a certified EMT.

    And yes, very frustrating that they didn't take your complaint about mold and mildew seriously. 

    On the cleaning — I can understand the struggle! Are these monthly inspections? Could you break down the tasks into a short daily list that wouldn't be so overwhelming? 

    Sometimes it's nice to have help when you have to clean and you're going through a flare — wish your mom had been able to help you out.

  • momofcutecat

    The inspections are once a year.  I had a friend help me monday and it went ok just got really wornout and i felt so sick snd off.  I was on my chair most of the day resting and yeah I'm still really weak and tired and I wanted to stop I can cry right now because my stomach still hurts a little bit I feel like I can throw up and I'm just so tired and weak tomorrow is my third day I'll prednisone and I'm still really tired weak and cranky

  • momofcutecat

    I woke up lil over an hour ago and been coughing and coughing and coughing since.  Soon time for a treatment.  I am tired,still lil weak and wornout.  Guess i will be down and out all day again GGGGRRRR.  I was given an antibiotic to take if needed but i do not want to take it unless needed sp idk what to do.  I still want to cry becauss i feel so bad.  Flares drive me nuts.  I need to go out 2morrow to an appointment that i need to go to but then i csn come home and rest to try and feel better as next week i need to go back to my reg routine and can't take any more days off.  I am very emotional and sensitive right now and i just want to cry because of how i feel and i got no one to help me or be there for me so i am doing it all on my own.  I am so cranky that i hope i do not take it out on my cat

  • momofcutecat

    I am congested some as well.  And my voice is hoarse some as well.  Gonna take meds then going to lay down to watch tv

  • momofcutecat

    I am back pedaling again. Was resting all morning got up at 1230 for lunch and treatment was 2 hours away and I started coughing bad and I am day 3 of pred

  • momofcutecat

    I am back pedaling again. Was resting all morning got up at 1230 for lunch and treatment was 2 hours away and I started coughing bad and I am day 3 of pred.  I can talk to my doc but all he will say is take the antibiotic he gave me along with the pred and keep taking xopenex.  I am coughing so much i am hoarse 

  • momofcutecat

    Sorry to bother again but i need help. Last thursday had an attack that turned into a flare. Tuesday i saw my doc for it and i was given pred for it. I started it right away. Wednesday and thursday took off from my duties and did not leave the chair much due to the flare. Yesterday took treatment at 830am was due again at 230 got up at 1230 for lunch and started coughing bad and same thing later med due at 8 and by 630 was coughing baf again when i got up to get dinner. Today i had an appointment and then worked.to get cat food and lunch. Treatment due at 2 and by 12 i was coughing really bad again. Seems last 2 days about 2 hours before treatment wears off i start to cough bad again. I been on pred.for 4 days now and started my 2 a day dose now and idk what to do. I was given an antibiotic to take just in case the pred does not work but i do not want to take it unless needed. I am still weak,wornout, tired just want to sleep. I am usong my inhaler right now due to i can use it more then the nebulizer so i use that when i can. Idk what to do my doc is closed today so i can't ask him for advice. I will update him Monday if i am still bad. Do i take the antibiotic as i was told or do i just keep taking the pred and ride it out? If it helps I am very sensitive and cranky right now and I feel so miserable and I can't get up and do anything without being really sick please help if you can

  • momofcutecat

    Ugh the congestion is getting bad and it hurts to cough and i want to cry so bad. I am cranky,emotional,sensitive and tired wanted to try and do stuff 2morrow but will prob be another day of bed rest good thing i got Netflix to watch. I give up idk what to do. I do not want to take the antibiotic but might have to idk. I just want to cry

  • Melissa G

    Oh my, I'm sorry you are not feeling any better. Is there a reason why you don't want to take the antibiotic? Didn't the dr suggest if you weren't feeling better by the end of the week you should take it? Have you been able to get any sleep?

  • Pljohns

    Momofcutecat-how are you feeling?  Did you start your antibiotics?  I hope you are better and have been able to rest some.

  • momofcutecat

    yes i started the antibiotic yesterday. Did noy want to take it but i did i feel way worse. I feel like i have pleurisy now and feel so bad and in pain just want to rest but can't this week to much to do and am so tired and miserable. Sorry just saw this. Been on bed rest all last week and this weekend. Am trying to get to my docs office today to drop off something for him to fill out but idk if i can as my friends might not let me drop it off and it has my update for him so will see if i can drop it off if not i am screwed. But i feel so crappy and people are not believing me right now ggggrrrr

  • Pljohns

    momofcutecat-is there anyway you can see your doctor today?   that you feel better soon and I'm glad you started taking the antibiotics.

  • momofcutecat

    No can't  see doc today friends would not allow me tl do that.  I was not allowed to go drop the form off and the update instead they made me fax it to him.  I was supposed to go hang out with a friend today another one to go shopping and the friends that were with me told me know I wasn't allowed to do that that I had to go play games with all my other friends that I don't want to do today because I'm sick and then in the store they accuse me of being disrespectful and I said sorry I'm cranky I don't feel good get used to it but they're being rude to me and telling me that I'm the one being rude to that and I feel like **** but yeah I'm going out again now to game club to be with my friends because they're making me and I really don't have any other choice but to stay home but if I stay home then you going to leave which will be a bigger message at this is ridiculous I give up and I don't feel good that nobody believes me

  • momofcutecat

    O went out today to the store to get what i needed and was bad thr more i did the more i felt bad i just want to sleep and i can't right now GGGGRRRRA DANG IT i feel so miserable 1

  • momofcutecat

    Melissa the antibiotic i was given when taken with pred makes my feet and ankles hurt and i did not want to take the antibiotic unless it was a true infection.  But i feel so bad i decided to try it to see if it helps.  All i could do today was fax the letter to my doc.  My friends would not let me take the paper to him they said it was waist of time and not allowed to be done by them and that i could fax it to My doc while at three work place making copies for the class i help teach.  So i had to fax the paperwork for him to fill out as well as the update.  I feel i have pleurisy again it hurts to cough and hurts even when not coughing i feel like 10X worse each day.  I swear today my don't **** me off shield is not big enough as people keep pissing me off and blaming me for being disrespectful 

  • Melissa G

    I am so heart broken for what you are going through. Have you called your dr to update them on how you are feeling? 

  • momofcutecat

    I was supposed to stop in today to give him my asthma action plan to fill out for me since my pulmonologist won't do it and give him my update as well but my friends refused to allow me to go to his office today to drop it off they told me I either had to fax it to him or do without so I faxed it to him and I don't know if he got it yet or not he usually messages me the next day anyway so if I don't hear from him tomorrow afternoon I will call the office ask if they got it because I feel like crap right now I'm so tired weak miserable and worn out and I don't know what to do anymore Bible or is he is back I feel really painful even when not coughing not as bad as earlier this year but it's bad enough for somebody who doesn't do pain very well I was running ragged all day today I have to teach on Wednesday and then going to the store afterwards to get something that I need then Thursday I'm supposed volunteer and go swimming so tomorrow I'm going to rest rest rest

  • momofcutecat

    This morning I woke up hardly have a voice at all, I am coughing, am tired, it hurts to cough and I feel miserable gonna go feed my baby so she stops meowing,then feed me then do a treatment then rest all day as I have to teach 2morrow, good thing lot of class is just finding out what areas we can work on in life so not to much teaching unless I find more stuff to teach on. I just feel so rotten and worn-out

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    @momofcutecat, I'm so sorry you're having more difficulty. Hopefully the medication will kick in soon and you'll feel better. 

    Brenda

  • momofcutecat

    Thanks brenda.  I finsih the pred 2morrow and it did not help much and i started the antibiotic Sunday so has 4 doses of that in me and nothing helping yet.  It hurts when i cough and even when not coughing it hurts.  GGGGRRRR.  idk what else tk do.  I am still tired, weak and wornout the more i do.  Since i was not allowed to stop by the doctor's office yesterday and drop off the asthma action plan I wanted him to fill out along with the update I have for him I had to fax it to him and I have no idea if he got it so I'll wait until this afternoon and if I don't hear back from him about the update then I will call them because I feel like I have pleurisy again I feel so sore even when I'm not coughing but coughing makes it worse and I just feel so miserable my treatments are the last 8 hours they usually last about 6 hours maybe and then I start coughing really really bad again which makes me really really sore and I honestly feel like I want to cry I thought it was a flare last week when I was in the doctor's office but it could be bronchitis now I don't know I'm still leaning towards a flare because the treatments usually last me 6 hours when they're supposed to last eight if it was bronchitis the net treatment wouldn't help me at all and I'd be coughing non-stop all day so since I can go 6 hours usually without coughing very much I think it's a flare and not bronchitis but I'm taking the antibiotic like a doctor told me to just in case because I wasn't better by the weekend

  • momofcutecat

    Dang it i am ****** now. My doc never got my fax yesterday Nope he never got my fax they said so he never got my asthma action plan. And so i gave them the update to.give him so might not hear back till 2morrow now. I knew i should have dropped it off in person

  • momofcutecat

    He did and wants me in the ER but i am refusing to go as they always send me home for me not wheezing and i refuse to go for nothing.  So i messaged my crappy new asthma doc and told her what was going on and that my fam doc wanted me in the ER and asked her what she thought i should do.  She prob will have nothing good to say but wanted to run it by her to tey and avoid the ER.  I would go 2morrow agternoon as i have to teach 2morrow and i might just go to urgent care instead and see what they say to do.

  • Melissa G

    I urge you to listen to your dr! How long does it typically take for your new dr to respond to you?

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, MomofCuteCat … I know it's frustrating to go to the ER when they've not helped you much in the past, but you never know … you may get a great doc who will listen to you. And your doc wouldn't send you to the ER without you really needing to go.

    Hugs on the issues with the friends, too. I really wish you had your own way to get around so you didn't have to depend on other people. Are there any options for you to have a more dependable way to get around?

  • momofcutecat

    K8 or Cynthia I take the bus to my appointment but you have to reserve the bus for at least an hour and will be able to use it and I don't want to have to take the bus for an hour just to go to the doctor's office for 2 minutes to drop off a form and you know what I mean so that's why I would rather just have my friends take me to drop it off or two minutes but apparently they're not allowed I messaged my pulmonologist last night as the what to do and what my regular doctor wanted and she said if my breathing is labored to go to the ER but that's but that's all she said my breathing is in labor. I just feel a little bit tight even though so I take a nebulizer treatment in the evenings I'll take a treatment and then I'll feel a little bit tight afterwards but not too bad so I'm going to probably walk to urgent care in a little bit cuz it's at the hospital and see what they have to say because I'm in a lot of pain right now even when I'm not coughing from the possible pleurisy so going to go there in a little bit and see what they have to say I have to walk up the era and I'm not sure how to walk to that part of the hospital but I might be able to do it by going into the hospital and going to an elevator I don't know but I'm going to go there and try and see what I can come up with something urgent care if they can help me or not because I'd rather not go to the emergency room to be told I'm fine and then go home like I usually do the first time I went there this year for the flu and dehydration they said I was dehydrated but wouldn't give me fluids because I was able to eat and the next time I went there for Endless pneumonia they ran a bunch of tests and everything took me out of my room is Stephanie in the chair at the nurses station so they can have my room and I asked if I could eat something and I was going to throw up from not eating and you never answered me and just let me sit there and never really intended to me and then I was fine and was able to go home so the hospital doesn't do a very good job of treating his patients right so that's why I'm going to urgent care in a little bit I just got home so that's why I'm going to urgent care in a little bit I just got home Fun Teaching I need a few minutes to relax before I walk

  • K8sMom2002

    That sounds horribly frustrating, and when I have trouble breathing, the last thing I want to do is walk any sort of distance. 

    If you get in real trouble, please don't hesitate to call 911. 

  • momofcutecat

    I decided to walk the Urgent Care and after reading all the reviews on Google about this place and being there myself once and having a bad experience I don't think it's a good idea to go there but I don't want to go to the emergency room and you understand why so I'm going to Urgent Care Urgent Care doesn't do anything for anybody and that they overcharge you for the visit and that you have asthma you're screwed because they won't treat you and that if you have like an infection or something they won't treat that either I got to urgent care and they said next available time slot is 715 that is lil under 4 hours aways i can take it and if getting dark will just go home all there is to it. That is a long time to wait to be in pain

  • momofcutecat

    I'm done and that was a wasted trip the guy came in and did it the exam and said that my pulse ox was 99 and I said it's always normally even when I'm like this he said why is your pain and I told him and he pressed all around there and it hurt when he was pressing and basically told me to try heat on the area and he said you sound clear to me that you're not wheezing and I said I usually don't weeze and he said well there's nothing more we can do for you cuz you already had steroids usually me try to give you anti-inflammatories like Motrin but you're allergic to though so we can't offer you those so basically just take Tylenol which isn't going to help put heat on your chest for your ribs and that's about it he said do you have anything to control the coughing and I said xopenex and he said go home and take that because we don't have that here in our office I said my regular doctor will always give me just an albuterol treatment in his office before I leave and he say go home and take yours xopenex can I tell you I feel tight now after pain pressing on me I feel tight but oh well nothing they can do nothing they can do so it was a wasted trip to even come here but I wanted to get a second opinion and double-check and he said it's a good idea to come get checked out just to make sure that there was nothing really wrong since you're not improving and I feel like crap and now I have to walk home

  • momofcutecat

    Ugh. Right now I'm in so much pain that I feel really tight my doctor's office message bag and said that I could take xopenex every 6 hours via nebulizer and that I can start the prednisone hey I already finished it I told him that that I was already taking it so I messaged back and said I just finished it yesterday it didn't help me and what can I do to ease the pain besides heat so I'm hoping to hear back from him before he closes today with that

  • momofcutecat

    Can i scream. I asked my doc what to do for my pain and he said come get script for cough meds how is that gonna help my pain it js not.

  • momofcutecat

    I feel so sore and miserable idk what to do i want to cry.  Oh .make the coughing stop.  I just need a friend

  • momofcutecat

    I was able to sleep last night.  I had an appointment to go to this morning so I couldn't really sleep in past 8 but I wanted to I was ready to go by 9 for the appointment went to it had to wait for the bus to come back home came home around 11:30 ish maybe need the phone call I had to make then I ate lunch and I just woke up I slept probably oh I slept probably a little under 2 hours I am still somewhat tired but that's to be expected I still feel a little bit weak at times and I got the authority to nebulize every 6 hours so I need to do that now cuz it's past time because of my nap I'm still in a lot of pain and I don't know what to do I am going to try on Monday to call my doctor for an appointment on Tuesday just to go in and talk to him about all this pain and what's going on so he can see me in person which is going to make him feel really sorry for me because of how much pain I am in I almost feel like going to the emergency room just to get help with the pain but one I have to go home tomorrow night and Sunday and I don't want to make my mom upset by not being here to I don't want to go to the ER and three they're not going to help me anyway so I don't want to waste my time but I'm kind of scared to cough because it hurt as of this morning I did feel a little bit tight because of the amount of pain I meant even taking my treatment and finishing the prednisone I still feel tight despite my treatment because of the pain I don't know what to do anymore

  • momofcutecat

    I got my update and it is not a good one. Ugh. Saw the doc he said i could have something called leginair disease( how ever u spell it) he is changing my antibiotic to a stronger one that will combat that disease if i have it. He said i was def tight and to update him on thursday as to how i was and if not better he would prob push for hospital admit prob next week if not better and i said how i would be outside this weekend and he said it will be cold and i said i would dress warm. Getting a breathing treatment before i leave. So if not better soon might be hospital admit time for me, not what i wanted to hear. GGGGRRRR. Since being up at 6am i am ready for a nap

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi @momofcutecat, I'm so glad that you saw your doctor!  Legionnaires is a "serious type of pneumonia" (according to the CDC…although I think all forms of pneumonia are serious!).  I'm glad he's taking your symptoms seriously!

    Did he test you for Legionnaires during your appointment? If so, do you know when to expect the results? 

    Here's some more information from the CDC about Legionnaires:

    Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems like

    • Showerheads and sink faucets
    • Cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralized air cooling systems for building or industrial processes)
    • Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
    • Decorative fountains and water features
    • Hot water tanks and heaters
    • Large plumbing systems

    Home and car air-conditioning units do not use water to cool the air, so they are not a risk for Legionella growth.

    I hope you will begin to feel better soon!

    Brenda

  • momofcutecat

    No he did not he said he did not want to put me thru that right now.  Be said he is changing my antibiotic to a strong one clindamycin and give it a few days and if not better then update him

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, MomofCuteCat … I hope the new antibiotic will do the trick and you can avoid a hospital admit. But if you need to go … you need to go. I just hope the staff will be understanding and supportive and listen to you. You've had a very tough time of it!

  • momofcutecat

    Thanks I wanted you to Pharmacy today to see if my medicine was sent over cuz they never told me it was ready and they said no it was never sent to them so the doctor was pretty much almost close by then so I have to call him tomorrow morning and tell him that the medicine will never sent me the pharmacy and see what happened and I walk to In from the library tonight for my first asthma support group meeting I was running and it was cold out and my throat and lungs are burning from the cold and I get there and nobody shows up talk about me being annoyed