Recently I was Admitted to Hospital for the 15th time in five years for yet another severe C.O.P.D. Exacerbation, and during the usual treatment of Nebulisers , etc, a blood test on this occasion revealed "Aspergillus" which is apparently FUNGUS GROWING ON THE LUNGS ! - where on earth quite literally did that lot come from ? - , and to get rid of it I have to take a MASSIVE 120 Course of STEROIDS - apparently Anti biotics won't shift it - Anyone out there ever come across this ? , Oh, and how will I know when this dreaded infection has actually gone ? - no one actually mentioned that ! .....Mind you I quite like Steroids - whenever I have to take them , my MUCUS goes down to NOTHING , and my breathing improves at least 90%, so I'll get something out of this huge intake of them, for a brief while, but my old problems will quickly once again return , IE , huge output of Mucus and shortness of breath once the course is completed ! .....Oh , have just been told that this Infection was first discovered by one of my lot, - an Italian Biologist ! , and the word "Aspergillus" takes its name from the shape of the infection under a Microscope that looks very similar to the "Sprinkler " that a Catholic Priest uses to sprinkle Holy water from ! ......perhaps I'de better nip down to me Church and get the Parish Priest to do a bit of Sprinkling over me - might just help !! - Have a good day folks ....
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