Asthma, General update, VCD

Another year older…

What do I have to show for my last year of life? On Sunday I turned 26 🙂 I love birthdays. I just think they’re a big deal, I still get excited for my birthday and I love making a fuss of other people on theirs. I also like to look back on the year that has passed and see what I’ve done, the fun I’ve had, the moments that make up my year, and this time, the rubbish points too. All the bits that have shaped me from that 25 year old that I was, into the 26 year old I am now.

It’s been quite a year! I got another niece who is just amazing! I became godmother to one adorable little girl who I love loads! I spent a month and then two weeks in Canada. I’ve been to a number of weddings, I’ve celebrated birthdays with friends. We’ve had so much fun, I’ve been to the theatre, seen countless movies, had trips out with the best of friends and my family. I got back to work 🙂 proud moment! 

But then I’ve also been in hospital 7 times. I’ve had loads of tests and no real results from them. My asthma has just got worse and worse. I have been given new treatment options for my VCD, but that’s yet to have any real effect on my life and admissions etc.

How do I feel about the past year in general? I’d say the good definitely outweighs the bad. Sure I’ve had worse and worse admissions to hospital, and been to ITU and HDU when I previously hadn’t, but I’ve had some major highs this year. They’ve kept me going, they’ve kept me happy and positive. 

So now it’s what this next 12 months will bring, how will this year shape my life? I hope it’s for the better. I hope it makes me a stronger person, and I hope I’m still happy and surrounded by the best friends and family I could ever ask for! And if I get fewer admissions/less time in hospital then that’s a bonus I’m happy to take! 

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Asthma, General update, Hospital, Uncategorized

It’s been a while! 

So I’ve not blogged in quite a while, and not because everything has been going great, it’s just nothing new happened. I’m finding life is becoming very very repetitive. And it’s no different now really, while I sit waiting to be freed from hospital again! 

I haven’t coped brilliantly this admission. I’ve been desperate to get home and get on with life. I’ve felt like this admission was a waste of my time.  I’ve felt like I’d have been better off just getting on with it at home. Not my best admission experience, and I can definitely see how a bad experience can influence or effect future decisions. 

But when I got my discharge letter, I decided to have a read to fill some time while I’m waiting for other things to be sorted out. I had acute type 2 respiratory failure when I presented to a&e. They had told me I was hypoxic, I was given loads of oxygen for a while and then it was quickly taken off me when my CO2 levels began to climb without the oxygen levels really increasing. My gases have always been “a little off” when I’ve been admitted or had attacks. That’s usually all they tell me, I’m a nurse in critical care, had they told me numbers I would have interpreted them myself, so probably best when they don’t tell me when I’m in the middle of an attack! But this is the first time I’ve seen them put that I was in respiratory failure. I didn’t even want to go to a&e! I was willing to try and stay home another night or 2. Seeing it wrote down though was a little scary. I had yet another lucky escape! Very lucky infact! 

So I’m finally home now, feeling the usual way after an admission, so glad to be back, a little wiped out and my chest is aching all over. Not back to work for another week so plenty of time to rest and recover (and turn 26!).

Glad I only had a short admission, and feeling grateful to be one of the lucky ones, especially after seeing the trouble others with asthma are going through right now. Good luck guys, breathe easy! Hope you’re home and healthier soon!