I just thought I would let you know how things progressed after my last post about anxiety. I made the call to the anxiety nurse and asked for a referral - still waiting for a call back but having said that he is just one nurse for this area and is probably pretty busy! (Will give him another week before I start to pester him!) The doctors appointment was on Tuesday - blood pressure still higher than it should be but at least these tablets seem to be well tolerated by my husband so that dosage has increased now on - LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50mg tabs.
Discussed the anxiety issues to which the Doctor said it is very common with COPD patients and has prescribed CITALOPRAM 10mg tablets one a day. Apparently they take about 3/4 weeks to work and although not addictive she recommends he stays on them for at least six month. Pleased about this - it took a long time for my husband to recognise this was a problem but the Doctor was lovely.
Also asked for a referral to the sleep clinic - not every night but some nights I can hardly get any sleep with his snoring but more worrying is that he wakes up suddenly once or twice a night gasping for air. Just want to rule out or rule in sleep apnea.
This post is really to say if any of you are worried or concerned about your health - go to the Doctor and ask. It has taken my husband a long time (about 50 years!) to do this. But it was all very painless and hopefully we have solutions!
Wishing you all the very best - try to stay active and breath easy! With much love, TAD xx