"Failed to find a car tyre dust cap stuck in throat"
About: Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol BS2 8HW
Last Tuesday 11th June my son used an inhaler prescribed for asthma that he had kept in a sports bag and not used for some time. He felt something hit the back of his throat and he subsequently had real difficulty breathing. He attended the Hartcliffe 'Walk In' centre where they gave him steroids. This had no effect so they sent him by ambulance to the BRI. At the BRI he had a camera examine his throat via his nose. This showed nothing so he went for X-ray. The X-ray showed nothing to the staff. He was told that his throat may be in spasm and was told to "come back next Tuesday" (a week !) if he still had difficulty breathing. He sounded like an old man who had smoked 60 a day for all his life. He forced air down his throat for 3 days until Saturday morning when a bout of coughing woke him up. Despite it being painful he could not stop coughing, eventually he pulled from his mouth a black plastic dust cap from a car tyre. How this had gotten into his inhaler is still a mystery but not half as big a mystery as why the experts at the BRI could not see it stuck in his throat. I'm obviously relieved that it didn't completely block his airway in his sleep. He now breathes normally again.