Hi, I've been improving since last spring. Have asthma which is mild in summer but moderate in the winter. I saw copd on copies of my medical notes a few months ago but that was from GPs. I have an appointment (possibly will be discharged) with con in January. Apparently my years of pneumonias and chronic bronchitis were down to 'poorly controlled asthma' according to the hospital. Had a CT scan & damage not too bad.
I've learnt so much here and at PR about improving my lot. I'm now going with my nose & mouth covered with my fine wool Buff, dressing properly for the weather has never been my forte but it is now!
I've been feeding a neighbours cat for 2 days and they have those plugin perfumed fresh air thingys which had me choking & gagging. Then today another neighbour has come in to get some her Christmas stuff out of my loft, had to put a mask on against the dust.
I'm determined not to let this wreck my life like it had from 2009 to this summer. Keeping up with exercise, keeping weight down & eating well. smoked a little for 3 years when young then again 3 years in 40's.
Enjoy my fire, it cheers me up and it's doing something warming and good for myself.
Perhaps you need to spend time with someone who has anopen fire to see how you breath?
In my next home I intend to have a wood burning stove xx P