It’s been 6 weeks since I last ran and 4 weeks since I last went to the gym, it’s official…I am a bum!!
Okay here come the excuses. Around 6 weeks ago I picked up a nasty cold/fever. The ‘office lurgy’ we like to call it. As soon as one of the girls has a sniffle you just know it’s just a matter of time before your hugging the Kleenex and sipping lemsip cursing the colleague you share a phone with. I tried to sweat it out and continue going to the gym but it just got worse and then became a chest infection which isn’t good when you are also asthmatic (or believe you are!!!)
After 2 whole weeks of ‘the lurgy’ feeling almost human again, I decided to go back to a Group PT session but realised I used up my inhaler with all wheezing, coughing and lack of breathing the weeks before. I don’t have to use my inhaler very often when I’ve been working out or running but I like too have it with me. Better safe than sorry, right!
I called the surgery for a repeat prescription, the receptionist said the doctor wanted to see me first?!? Unusual. I haven’t actually seen a doctor for 5 years so thought it might be just a check up, she’d just write me a prescription and I could get back to my burpees (FYI iPad auto correct changed burpees to burgers, how ironic).
Firstly, my appointment was at 4.15 but I wasn’t seen until 4.55 so I missed my training session.
Secondly, the doctor told me I didn’t have asthma and she can’t give me drugs I don’t need. She’s been my doctor for as far as I can remember and quite possibly diagnosed my asthma when I was 6 months old.
” I can see that your breathing affects you most when you have allergies, a cold, excercise or change in temperature, you just have very sensitive airways and once the last of that chest infection goes your breathing will be back to normal. ”
I left her office a little confused. Okay, I haven’t had a bad asthma attack for a few years but I’ve used my inhaler, especially during the summer.
Kevin suggested I see a different doctor for a second opinion.
Can you tell if someone has asthma unless they have an asthma attack infront of you?!
I was going on holiday the next day so didn’t have time anyway.
I spent the next week on a canal boat (long story..blog post to follow) which meant I was outside in the Great British countryside for a whole week. HELLO ALLERGIES!! As soon as the hayfever symptoms started I also began to struggle breathing, it was bearable during the day but at night I struggled and barely slept for the whole trip. When I did sleep Kevin would wake me because he thought I was choking.
When I got home I made an appointment with the other doctor in my practice. However he was called out to an emergency whilst I was in the waiting area and my appointment was changed to the original doctor. Just my luck!
I explained to her I was still having difficulty breathing, she advised me it was just my sensitive airways, irritated with my hayfever and prescribed me a stronger anti-histamine, she noticed my eczema flare up on my arms and seemed more concerned with that even though I told her it was fine and was clearing up since the hayfever had died down again, but she prescribed me some gel for that too?!?
I told her I was actually more concerned about my breathing and without an inhaler what can I do to help it.
‘The best thing you can do is avoid all allergens!’
Obvious advise doctor lady, however my allergens are invisible and float around in the air!?! WTF!?
I tried to run to my sisters yesterday, but 1 mile in I needed my non excistant inhaler and had to walk home.
Currently waiting on an appointment with another doctor….
Have you ever had problems with a doctor? Do you suffer with allergies in the summer?
Hope you are having a great day❤️