I am 73 and have been asthmatic since I was 5. Until 4 years ago I've lived a normal life with asthma controlled, but was diagnosed with bronchiectasis a couple of years ago. After a really good year, health wise, in February I got an infection and started on my emergency pack of Antibiotics and prednisolone. Helped a little, but I didn't actually get 'better' still had shortness of breath (SOB) all the time. Was admitted to hospital at the end of March, unfortunately picked up pseudomonus infection, which is notoriously difficult to get rid of, and I was in hospital 5 weeks. I am told that pseudomonus is a common hospital acquired infection, but not many people seem to have heard of it. Came home. very weak, and certainly not fit, but as I'd finished my intravenous antibiotics there was nothing that could be done in hospital that I couldn't do at home. Some days up, but mostly down, SOB constant. Went to Devon, hoping the air would help,one evening my husband had a stroke and was taken into hospital, fortunately we caught it early and he seems almost fully recovered. This means he is unable to drive for a month and as my lungs seemed to be deteriorating we made the decision to come home, and I drove. The next morning it was 999 and I was back in hospital, this time for 10 days again on intravenous antibiotics. Pseudomoinas is like cold sores, once you have it in your system it is there, lurking, forever. I am now home, but SOB all day and every day, the only time my breathing normalises is when siting still, but not always. This is not living. I get the impression that the medical staff cannot answer my questions, they don't know whether I'll ever get better, they don't know WHY I am not, Has anyone else experienced anything like this??
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