I was diagnosed with moderate COPD at the beginning of the year (Fev1 56%), although I believe I have suffered from it for years. I have smoked all my life (I am 63) so I guess deserved it! I don't feel that my condition has 'progressed' a great deal over the last ten years - and I am fortunate in that I am generally able to carry out day-to-day activities without undue breathlessness. If I get breathless, it is generally in the evenings (I put this down to grooming the cat!) - and this is by no means every evening. But, when I get a cold, I know about it. The last cold I had was a couple months ago and I was given antibiotics, which did no real good and it took about six weeks to recover naturally. I did not suffer with breathlessness for any longer than about 4 days though. Currently, I am taking no medications for the COPD. I have a rescue inhaler, which I have used only once and didn't find any benefit from it. Anyway, that is my background - here is my question!
We are booked up (since last September) to take a trip to Greece - flying out on Sunday. I have never had problems with flying (my O2 levels average 96/97), but I sometimes struggle with hills and get out of breath if I rush (like having to dash around an airport). Anyway, I have been looking forward to this trip and am all packed up and ready to go. Now my husband has a cold. And I don't know what to do. My poor husband is feeling so guilty and I am getting very upset, because I don't want to spoil my family's trip because of my condition. I am washing my hands constantly, wiping down door handles and using a saline nasal spray - and, so far, I've avoided coming down with the cold. But this is all very stressful - the not knowing! So, what should I do? Should I see my doctor and ask him for advice? (He is very dismissive of me, however, and would probably simply give me a prescription for amoxycillin and wave me out the door) If I do get the cold, should I still take the trip? Antibiotics floor me completely - so I would rather avoid those. I apologise for this long and winding post - but any help, suggestions or words of comfort would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.