Life started out pretty normal, with a fun and healthy childhood with just a bit of hay fever seasonly, and asthma when unwell. A couple of puffs of ventolin and all was good again. At 18 I experienced my first attack that required medical assistance. I was taken to hospital via ambulance, and used a nebulizer for the first time. I stayed in hospital for 6 hours and was discharged with pred and regular ventolin. I was put on my first preventer. Over the next few years, I had the occasional attack, and spent no longer then 24 hours in hospital.
In January 2011, my home town of Brisbane Queensland Australia experienced its worst flooding in 100 years. My friends 2 story house had flood waters enter to the second story, destroying everything. Even the fridge was filled with water and silt. I helped hose out the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom on the top story, and 48 hours later I was admitted to hospital with costocondritis and asthma. From here the asthma attacks became much more frequent. On March 2nd, 2012, I presented to emergency with an asthma attack at 6am. It took 6 hours to settle it, and I was admitted overnight for observation. At 3pm I had a rebound attack, and a code blue was called. In the 100 metres from the ward to icu, I went into arrest. I was resuscitated and placed in an induced coma for 5 days. I have since been admitted a further 40 times, including a further 10 ICU stays. Asthma has taken over every aspect of my life, and prior planning is required for everything. I have a hospital bag packed at all times, and I don’t go anywhere without emergency medications.
In 2015 ive had 5 significant and some near fatal attacks. I have made a short video of my hospital stays in 2015.