Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"I AM FINDING IT HARD TO BREATHE AND TALK."


Can you decipher the above handwriting?

Clue: No that's not a doctor's writing.

I almost made the mistake of not taking her as an emergency and rather preferred attending to another patient who looked more ill.

I couldn't be more wrong.

She was a young student in her twenties. She sat completely still- her face blank and impassive, as if she just wasn't there. She looked unaware and uninterested in her surrounding.
I tried talking to her, she couldn't respond.

It was then i gave her the piece of paper in which she wrote the above.

There was no more time to lose!

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA

These have been highlighted under Asthma Attack. They include:
Chest tightness
Breathlessness
Wheezing
cough.

This was a worse type of Asthmatic attack.


FEATURES OF A SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACK.

Inability to complete a sentence.
Increased rate of breathing.
Increased heart rate.

It is a life threatening condition.

It could be fatal if not managed in the ER.
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