I find it hard to believe that I am writing about another one of my Breathe Easy friends passing on.
I first met Dave around 2 years ago on my first day of pulmonary rehab, I remember thinking how he stood out with his obvious very poor breathing, he was also another oxygen user like myself.
He told me of a device called a conserver which I could get to make my cylinders last at least twice as long. It made a massive difference to me.
He was a very kind, friendly and helpfull man and well liked in the group. After PR we moved on to Breathe Easy, It was harder but we all coped with the transition and Dave along with the rest of the group improved his quality of life.
I always remember only around 6 months ago he came in very tearfull and told us his wife had died suddenly, he said it was him that was the ill one and it should have been him not his wife. I don't think he was ever quite the same after this shock but as a group we all did our best to help him through this difficult time.
He rarely missed a week and always put 100% effort into his 1 hour exercise session. You could always hear where he was in the room by his heavy breathing.
I was supprised that he wasn't there on tuesday but he had told me at last weeks session that he was struggling and didn't feel too good.
It was another group member who broke the news to us all that Dave had died the day after last weeks session.
Were only a small group and Dave will be sadly missed and it comes as a greater shock because we had only just lost another member, Mick a few weeks ago.
Dam this cursed disease, at least he is back with his wife now.
R I P Dave. I for one will miss you.