Im relatively new to being schooled in the stages of copd/emphysema so smoking cessation is my #1 priority and im just now thnx to BLF learning bout the trials n tribulations i may be in for. Someone asked me what symptoms i had ? It confused me cz i have a " i cant breathe when i exert myself or walk anywhere. Is there any other way to put it ? I feel like my life is now in danger. For the last 6 yrs i have to decline trips n vacations of activity cz i cant get around and my friends are or have not been told or quite understand what it is im going thru. To them breathing is something that isnt even discussed unless your 5,280 ft in the rocky mountains and the air is very thin. So i have to explain why i have to pass over n over these special events or fun stuff that jimmy wont be able to make again and it hurts to the core cause i am one who never sat ari
around and passed on lifes fun with loved ones and friends but they feel bad for me and im stuck ...this is killing me more than i could possibly imagine. And all i keep saying is....no cure ..no cure for this. So i am disgusted, saddened, in despair, useless, in denial about what ive dwarfed iinto.. im too weak to do anything (i do go to work at the office)...im 5'11" /136 lbs i no longer have any strength or muscle mass. My skin is stretched everywhere my ankes n feet swell, im black n blue there and my knees are a dark ugly o
Purple .. it is without a shadow of a doubt a "metamorphis" ive become Stephen King's "Thin Man" .. haha try to keep a optimistic attitude ..although reading this u would never kno it...but i have my patients at work love me and so do my daughters grankids n wife . I have alot to be living for so when i ask this question. I ask it with all seriousness...here it is ..im 54, can i live another 20 yrs ? How does one know what stage he/she is in ? Am i lookn at this wrong ? What do i need to kno other than [eat right, dont smoke, exercize, keep a good outlook, ] ? I am scared ...what use to be 1 exacerbation every 2yrs is now every 4 months.. infections and how to avoid them.. working around patients...good or bad although there only there for there eyes. See i have never had a pulmonary doc..cause my insurance has me going to limited healthcare places here in the city of brotherly love that is Philadelphia.....more unversities and doctors and medical institutes here than anywhere in the United States of America and yet i must start doing my homework cz i just left the hospital with pnuemonia and guess what...they did not give me any antibiotics ?? Huh ? How is that possible ? No prednisone ...ihad some prednisone left but thats not my point.. i was told to follow up with my doctor and its not like in uk with your gp, this is just my family doctor of general medicine. So on monday i have to beg the receptionist to plz allow me to see him and thats like not easy. This is all messed up...calling for a appt with him takes 2 wks sometimes...im not going to wait, but this is my dilema and im feeling like i wanna scream ... lord give me strength.