I was diagnosed with COPD about 8 years ago. Since then, any support has been with my GP and clinic at the practice. I did have a couple of visits from the Chest Nurse a separate unit but when I was unable to rejoin the group physio due to arthritis of the spine and hip, they no longer kept in touch. They did introduce me to the practice of having antibiotics and steroids at home. Today, having finished the 2nd lot of antibiotics I saw a Dr at the surgery. Was so breathless and upset by the time it happened, he had me on a nebuliser, and was arranging for me to go to hospital immediately. To cut a long story short, after great treatment there, (my daughter took me), I was diagnosed with pleurisy, which would never have got better with antibiotics. They wanted to keep me in , because I need a nebuliser for a couple of days. Have a cat, wanted to come home, so they went to lots of trouble to try and book nurse to come to house, None available because of post code, so then found one I could borrow. A nebuliser, not a nurse!! Providing I go back on Sunday, to be assessed again. I have noticed on this site, people looking for nebulisers, and wonder if it is for them to be able to stay at home. I will buy one, if it means I can stay at home during a flare up. All advice welcome. Does anyone think having antibiotics at home may not always be a good idea? Self diagnosis may be a bit dangerous. I am not stupid, but was reaching the wrong conclusion.
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