I noticed my asthma inhaler was getting low, so hunted for my repeat prescription and discovered it had expired last year in September.
So off I went to the doctor for a new one. Didn't see my regular doctor, he was on his lunch break, but the doctor I did see asked lots of questions, printed out my prescriptions, then asked if I had an asthma plan.
I said no and he said they're a good idea, while he hunted up the papers he had me blow into a peak air flow meter, I didn't think I scored very well on that, but he said it was a good reading taking into account my height and age, and the length of time I'd had the asthma. He also put a little clip thing on my finger to record my blood oxygen level. 97%. That's good, right?
He showed me a large chart that I should put on my fridge or wherever I have space, which shows what to do in case of an asthma attack, then he showed me a little credit card sized thing which opened out to a large sheet of paper, about A3 size, which was striped green, orange, red; like traffic lights; but with instructions printed in each zone.
The object of asthma care is to be in the green zone.
Lucky me, I'm in the green zone.
But if things get bad and I slip into the orange zone, there are instructions to follow to get me back into the green zone.
If I have symptoms from the other zones, orange or red, then I'm in that zone even if most of my symptoms are still in the green zone.
The red zone is the worst to be in and I now have steroid tablets to be kept just in case they're needed, for example if the red zone instructions aren't helping, and the worst case scenario is calling an ambulance if none of the instructions are helping.
I don't see me EVER getting to that point. But you never know.
So the plan is a good thing to have and I also bought my own peak air flow meter to monitor my air flow; this only needs to be done on a weekly basis.
All this new stuff and all I went for is a prescription renewal.