Hello if you're bothering to read this :)
This is my first attempt at blogging. I have been reading other blogs for a while and thinking about setting up my own, today I am finally taking the plunge and seeing how it goes. I'm hoping to be able to make some friends who can understand how it feels to like with BA.
I guess I'll introduce myself...
I'm Dawn and I'm 28. I'm a nurse and trying VERY hard to continue working right now even though my lungs are fighting against me.
I've had brittle asthma for about 5 years now. It came out of nowhere, I was perfectly healthy up until that point. It's gradually impacted upon my life more and more, I've been told more than once that I would have to give up work but have managed to keep going for the time being.
Last year I had a heart attack, the doctors think it was caused by the strain on my heart caused by the frequent, severe asthma attacks. When I'm having a bad flare up of asthma that I can't control I suffer from Coronary Artery Spasms, which are a bit like Angina.
I'm feeling rather sorry for myself right now. I've had 2 admissions already this month and I'm still feeling pretty rubbish. I don't like being pessimistic buuuuuut I'm heading for another admission pretty soon. I have a lovely respiratory nurse but last week she told me that she couldn't do anything further for me and I have to wait for the appointment with my consultant (in 4 weeks time) to discuss what else can be done. Great, thanks, I'll just continue not being able to do my job, not being able to sleep, not being able to walk etc etc and try and keep myself out of hospital until then :(
Anywayyyyyyyy I'm feeling very isolated right now. I spend my time either at work or at home alone. I shouldn't complain, I know that I'm lucky that I am still able to work. I live alone with my cat (thankfully I'm not allergic to him!), and even though he is my baby it would be nice to have some (human) friends around.......
So yes, that is me in a nutshell. I'm not always so miserable - promise! I'm just feeling pretty down right now and lack of sleep isn't helping. I'll be back to post something a little more cheery soon! :)