Waking up on the first day of half term at 3am struggling to breath was not what I had planned. I had spent weeks planning our activities and what we were going to get up to. Walk in centre and A&E were no where near where we wanted to be. Here we are though! It may seem a little weird why I chose this as my topic for Living Arrows this week but it’s simple. I have not been anymore proud of my boys as I did when I needed them most! Making me realise what such a fantastic boys they are!
Walk in Centre and A&E
Waking at 3am with a horrid dry cough and not able to catch my breath I went downstairs. I didn’t want to disturb Mark and Arthur who had joined us in bed. Mark woke up not long after (5am) for work and we said goodbyes. I figured I would get the boys up, fed and dressed and then I could call the Drs when they open. At around 6.30 I was struggling, I was worried if I phoned them then I would be waiting hours more for an appointment and I needed to be seen. So I rang 111 spoke to the caller and within an hour an out of hours Dr rang me. He advised me to go to the Walk in Centre.
I had no one to look after the boys and it was too early to disturb most folk anyways so they came with me. I took their tablets and Jack, (my superstar Jack) was such a great helper. Without getting upset, moaning or answering me back he helped me to dress Oliver and Arthur and grabbed them some brioches for me so they had some food. I drove to the walk in centre and within 10 minutes (after having my pulse taken (120bpm) and a peak flow of 100) I was hooked up to a nebuliser. The boys though took it in their stride. They just sat there and played and didn’t argue or play up.
Jack looked after them for me and helped them with their games meaning I could concentrate on my breathing. After the nebuliser and some steroids the Dr was concerned I had caused a hole (in or near) my lung making it harder for me to catch my breath. He asked me to go straight to A&E and find some childcare for the boys.
I dropped the boys off to my sisters and went onto A&E. I spent a lot of time just sitting there as you do trying not to fall asleep. After a Chest X-Ray and ECG and blood tests the results came back clear. My bloods were/are slightly elevated showing infection so the Dr said I had a chest infection. I was prescribed an inhaler and more steroids and advised to take the steroids if I felt I needed too.