Good morning to you all. Well I went for my annual check up yesterday well armed with questions since joining this site. First I saw the respiratory nurse who gave me all the tests. Then I sat there and put all my question to her. She was surprised to say the least and told me most people with copd don't normally ask much !!! She obviously hasn't come across us guys !
To cut a long story short, to my surprise when I asked about pulmonary rehab courses she said she would put me down for one....On asking to be referred to a specialist she said I would have to see the GP.
I went to the reception desk and said.... I don't suppose there is a cat in hells chance of getting a GP appointment this side of Christmas !.. I was shot down in flames when she said there was one going in 10 minutes !!!
I saw the new young doctor who was very attentive, and helpful. He has given me a course of carbocistine to try and make it easier to clear the gunge out of my lungs. ( I want your comments please if you have taken this )
On asking to be referred to see a specialist, his reply was the same as the nurse, " as we are managing your copd in the surgery, you do not need to see one "
Here comes the new Assertive Velvet.
I told him I disagree as nobody in this practice can tell me exactly what I have, that COPD is an umbrella term for a variety of condition and I would like to know which ones I have, I told him that I didn't think this was an unreasonable request. ( I was on a roll so I went for it )
He finally agreed with me but said he could not refer me, he would have to clear it with the senior GP, he didn't hold out much chance of me getting a referral. I asked him to tell him I am insisting on one and if I am refused I will take it further.
He is now sending me for an chest x ray just in case anything sinister is going on, saying that it will save the specialist time !! Maybe there is hope yet.
For those of you who are interested here are my results.
FEV1 50%.....FVC 74%......PEF 57%....FEV/FVC 60%
And finally this is me.......65 years old.....mental age of a 19 year old......and it's officially on my report,...... Lungs of a 90 year old...... Well sod that my Dad is 89 and lives life to the full, I aim to do the same.
For all of you who have had the patience to read this lot...Many thanks....and Assertive Velvets new motto is ...Power to the COPDERS....