I went for a full check up before a hip replacement operation. After getting of the treadmill (Stress EKG ) they did the blow thing with me and my first reading was only 68%. I then told the Dr's assistant I was still out of breath after the treadmill, and she took a reading again which was in the 80 something percentage. The Internist then told me that I have first stage COPD and I got the scare of my life and did not smoke again after that. This all happened 6 weeks ago and in the meantime I had the hip replacement which was successful but the COPD still scare the heck out of me. I'm 57 tomorrow.
The Dr however told me I'm in the beginning stage of COPD and that the newest findings are that if you remove the smoking or whatever caused the emphysema the lungs will age more or less the same as anybody else's but the damage already done obviously cannot be repaired. He says I will most likely die of something else because I stopped smoking, and told me not too worry too much and gave me a cortisone inhaler to use at night time. Funny thing - I was never short of breath before but when I sit thinking about this at night, I now suddenly get anxious and short breathed. Then I go for a walk with the dog to proof that I'm still ok - lol
We do not have all the support groups that you guys have in the UK so my questions are 1) if I got the right feedback from the Dr? and 2) I'm retiring in 3 years and thinking to move down to the sea where I've got a house. Will staying at the sea be better than Pretoria which is almost 2000 Meters above sea level.