Yes it must be a new year resolution of my practice to look at what other problems the patient may have. Also look at what the Hospital have said to them in letters with an open mind?
I have had lung issues most of my life, succumbed to a few heart issues in my 30's had a heart attack in 2004 and to many angina attacks to remember. I have had many bouts of pleurisy and pneumonia to a full lung collapse in 2008 from non conclusive evidence as to why or what made it so aggressive. Once they put the first drain in I drained 3.5 litres of fluid from my lungs in the first day. Then they thought a second drain would be good idea? This was not done by the consultant that did the first and he nicked something important. When I started to dribble blood from my mouth and gurgled to a shocked doctor That's not good?" I was knocked out and it transpired I was given 6 units of O neg (I am O Neg so limited what I can have.)
All in all my lungs were so infected that they compartmentised and bled, I had empyema which was 1.5 cm thick so a Decortication was planned at another hospital but once there they refused as I was to ill for the procedure and put on an Oscillator for 10 days. Without the other problems an Oscillator gave me a 50% chance of survival? Stating the obvious It worked! It took over 2 years to clear all the empyema and fluid still in my lungs.
Most of the treatment and conditions left scarring in my chest wall and outer lungs and also damaged the inside. After all this you would think the practice would then think this man has a lung issue but no most of it was blamed on my heart conditions? It was not until 2012 that they gave me a spiro and found I had RLD. This was brought about only by the fact that I found I had worked with asbestos for over 10 years so they were obliged to give me one.
These past few days my left lung has been vibrating like a rubber band and no matter how much I cough nothing is coming up? So I was in town and the wife insisted that I go to see if they will see me quickly? Well they did, late afternoon. In we go, I explain what was going on in my chest. The first thing he asked "Am I on Oxygen? " I explained that A&E and consultant have asked the same but when I am sitting down it is not so bad, but if I do anything that it drops? "Need to keep an eye on that?" he said "Quick listen to the chest and he then said with your fibrosis I will have to treat you with AB's as you are making quite a bit of noise and Fibrosis does not always show infection that normal lungs that may bring up what is cracking in there."
Sorry for the waffle but I thought I needed to go through the brick wall I have had for the past 8 years, maybe they have seen the light of a new year and leaving their arrogance at home. Fingers crossed.
To help this all along my gout has flared up. The tablets that get rid of it always make my chest gooey so I cannot take them until I am clear of the rubber band in my chest