But I chickened out. I have posted on here many times and have mentioned wanting to get the CT. I know I have an obstruction and hyperinflation based on the full PFT's. At the ripe old age of 43. Lucky me. I rescheduled for 12/1. I wanted to see if there was signs of damage to my lungs, but then I think it may already add to my anxiety/depression over all of what has happened to me. Then again if no damage shows up, maybe it will lessen how I feel. In the end though, I know I have COPD, yes could be something else, but unlikely. Already doing what I can. I quit smoking in Jan, I exercise as much as I can everyday, make myself breathless as much as possible. In fact I get more anxious from SOB at rest than I do when I am active.
Not sure if my reluctance makes sense to anyone. Plus it costs 150$ co-pay. I have the $$, but still need to get an ECHO/stress ECHO and that is of course not free either. Maybe if normal ECHO, then the CT. Or I can see what my new Pulm thinks. Anyway, people on here have been supportive and say get the CT, so I feel like I should have based on all my hand wringing and posting. But scared to do so. Well hell, all of this is. Not too mention, I am considered mild, and I wonder how I will carry on with this as I have to deal with it until I pass, whenever that is. I think that is what troubles me the most. I guess I should be thankful in some ways, that I caught it early, though the warnings were there a few years ago I think. Hard to say. All the reading I do about COPD, people older than I, not much about folks in their 40's. Unless they smoked heavily, which I never did, or AAT, which I don't have. A few on here have responded and were diagnosed in late 30's, 40's. One person has Emphysema on CT, lower FEV than me, and no SOB! Ahhhhh, the strangeness of it all.
Well Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this time last year I was married and what I thought was good health, though the storm was brewing and I just did not know it then. Now a year later how much has changed for me. Trying to see the silver lining but hard to do. Well I am off to hike and get more SOB.