My name is Lisa and this is about my husband, Mike.
My husband is 56, an ex-smoker for 12 years, doesn't drink, started eating healthier and has lost 10 pounds in the last 2 months. He was doing well except for shortness of breath but "only" when getting up and down. He was out of breath doing some plumbing under a sink….yet he can walk our mountain hills and steep driveway with no unusual problems.
So…last Wednesday he had an appointment for a yearly check up. All things were going very well until he told the doctor about his breathing when he does up and down work. At that point she sent him for a chest x-ray. We went and the technician said my husband had large lungs.
So down the mountain we went to look for tile to remodel our bathroom(that's what we do…remodel houses). On our way down the doctor calls us. You have a nodule in your lung and emphysema. That's it…she said she would call back later to tell us more. So now we both worried for the rest of the day and not understanding any of it. How can this happen so fast without even realizing it?
Back at home we get a call and my husband, Mike, has been scheduled for a CT scan that afternoon. Off we go to get that done. Next morning we find out there is no nodule but they are still saying emphysema and Mike has an appointment in 3 weeks with a pulmonologist. Our regular doctor is out of town for the next two weeks.
This is going to be a very long three weeks. Now Mike and I have both become very aware of things that we normally don't. We need to go up our back hill and cut trees down for firewood. This is normal kind of stuff for us….but now what if he has a breathing issue? What do we do? It's more scary going in blind. I have been trying to find info online…some is good and some is horrifying.
Anyway I know there will be some lifestyle changes and I just want to be more informed.