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Peak flow meters. How long have you had one? How much importance does your doctor/caregiver place on your readings? Are you good about doing your readings every day?

My own answers: for about five years, even though I've been Dx with asthma since I was 15. I had to ask for it on my own; my doctors couldn't have cared less, unfortunately.

I'm not as good about remembering to use it as I should, sadly.

Date: 2010-09-10 03:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] splash_the_cat
I've had one for about six years, but only use it regularly during my peak allergy seasons (fall (Aug to Nov) and early spring), or when I have a bronchial cold/infection. Then I use it about 3x weekly or up to 2x daily to see if I need to increase my Pulmicort dose, or go for the big guns and get a steroid prescription.

My new allergist doesn't ask me for my readings. I've been an asthmatic long enough that he feels I'm capable of handling meds adjustments like Pulmicort on my own as long as I am comfortable doing so. His office requires a spirometry test every visit, so they use that more than the peak flow to track lung function, anyway.

Date: 2010-09-19 04:26 am (UTC)
syntaxofthings: Death Fae from the Fey Tarot (Default)
From: [personal profile] syntaxofthings
I've used one irregularly most of my life, and it tends to be the same day in and day out. However, once I'm really sick it suddenly plunges - though later than my other asthma symptoms crop up, so I tend not to monitor my peak flow. So, for me my doctor gives too much importance on my readings because once my reading is bad I'm already in a world of trouble, and I'd like to prevent the world of trouble, not plunge straight in. :/

Date: 2011-12-30 04:59 pm (UTC)
cadenzamuse: Cross-legged girl literally drawing the world around her into being (Default)
From: [personal profile] cadenzamuse
When I was diagnosed at 16 or so, my GP and asthma doc considered getting me a peak flow meter very important. I, um, have never felt like it is (I know how I'm doing based on my subjective experience, thanks). So I have very, very, very rarely used it.

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