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Digital Peak Flow Meter with Cate
Member Name: rose1986
Digital Peak Flow Meter with Cate
Advantages: Records up to 90 readings. Helps monitor asthma condition
Disadvantages: A bit pricey
I was diagnosed with having asthma when I was 13 and over the years it has become worse, especially in the run up to winter and in spring when the pollen count increases. At first, I was able to control my asthma by taking a puff of my inhaler as and when required; i.e. if I felt wheezy, tight chest etc. However, over the years my asthma was getting worse so I was given two different inhalers which many people will recognise, the brown & blue inhalers. I started taking the brown one daily and the blue one as and when required which helped. However, during spring when the pollen count increased and my hay fever played up or when the cold, damp days & nights came, my asthma starts to play up.
After several visits to the doctor, they recommended I monitored my peak flow and jotted down the details for a month. To do this I was given a basic peak-flow meter which did as it was meant to, although I didn't think it gave as accurate a result. However, a work colleague recommended this particular peak flow metre as her son was using it and it was easy & practical to use, with the details being displayed clearly on the side. So after some consideration, I decided I would buy one as well.
The metre doesn't have a particular pleasant appearance about it and looks quite dated. However, that's not the point of the metre! As long as it does as its meant to and helps me monitor my asthma, that's all that really matters. I find that the digital display makes it extremely easy to record the readings and to get an exact, accurate detail.
The metre is extremely easy to use as all you need to do is blow in to the mouth piece and in a short distance of time, the results are displayed. Not only this, but the metre will store up to 90 of my readings, so if I happen to lose the readings I have noted, I can guarantee they will still be on my metre! How convenient is that? It is now a lot easier to get treatment I need when my asthma is playing up. Usually, before I had a peak flow metre I would have to go to the doctors and then possibly back again before giving steroids for a week to clear up my lungs. However, now if I go down with my readings, I am guaranteed to get the treatment I need and deserve.
The peak flow metre is easy to use and kept clean and hygienic. It is easy to clean the mouth piece and the buttons on the metre are clearly displayed. You will also be provided with an instruction booklet when buying the metre.
The metre is quiet expensive considering I got the one provided by the NHS on prescription. However, this one cost me around £40.00 but for what I have got from the metre, it has been worth every penny.
Summary: A supberb way of monitoring your asthma whilst on the go
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