Went to Harefield Hospital for a NIPPY review. I have severe COPD, on 1 litre oxygen and borderline CO2 retention. Several months ago, I was given a Bi-Pap machine (Positive Airways Pressure) The idea is that this machine keeps your airwaves open at the correct level while you sleep. The good news is that it has sorted the CO2 retention but I still can't sleep. Despite sleeping pills and now Lorazepam, I average about 3 hours of light sleep a night. I have now been subscribed stronger sleeping pills. Oh well. If I could just get a decent night's sleep I would be ecstatic! I was also informed that my lungs had small holes as opposed to large holes ,so therefore would not be a candidate for LVR surgery. However, I was also informed that I was more fortunate to have the smaller holes! Go figure. In order for me to qualify for one of those 'coil' or 'valve' procedures I would need a FEV of at least 20%. Well, my last reading was a feeble 14% but I am to have another lung function test sometime in January and if my FEV increases to the required level, I may be considered for the coils or whatever. Failing that, the only other option is a lung transplant which, I feel is unlikely as I am 65. I did ask the consultant why does the NHS wait until COPD patients are practically at death's door before they take any action?
Thank you those who have read this rant.
Look after yourselves and stay warm.