I posted some time ago about my referral to the Brompton for Bronchial Thermoplasty.
I had my 3 day stay in Lind ward (met up with Philomela) for tests last week, including the excercise test. There was an awful lot of waiting around and extreme boredom at times, although this was lessened by chats with 2 of the others in the ward. The tests were ok but didn't really show much of any use at all. On the Friday I met up with Dr MG who told me that the excercise test showed that I did not have VCD and although there was some minimal movement of the structures above the vocal cords this was not enough to cause my symptoms. I was so so upset when he said that he could not give me any answers as to why my asthma flares up so regularly and he said that he did not think the Bronchial Thermoplasty would work for my kind of asthma and would not recommend it- basically ""no you can't have it"" I asked him if not the Thermoplasty then what else and he said he did not have any anything else to offer.
On a more positive not he did say that when my asthma next flares up that I should phone one of the CNS's with a view to going up when I am unwell so that they can see what is going on. He also suggested that I should see their physios for treatment. I saw the physios for assessment while I was there, the first one came to see me on the ward and told me that she noticed that when I was speaking to her I was breathing through my mouth! I was so dumbfounded (it is just not possible to speak with your mouth closed - I should know as I am a speech & language therapist!) that I couldn't think of anything repeatable to say!! I am and never have been a mouthbreather. I saw another physio the following day and she was much better, told me that my breathing patterns were ok and that I coped well with the exercise.
Sorry for the rambling, but it has taken me almost a week to be able to come on here to post as I was so upset. I felt that I had been waiting for the last 8 months for nothing. I am getting closer and closer to being unemployed and could do with a bit of sympathy.
Thanks for listening.