I am almost 68 and have COPD. Quit smoking 6 months ago. Had an exacerbation in October then last one February 1st.
I have been eating lots of salads, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, supplements since beginning of February when I was admitted to hospital because of an "exacerbation." Did pulmonary rehab since December to April, then still continue with 1-hr day strength and fitness and stretching exercises at home.
Was on oxygen for 10 weeks after hospital. Off oxygen last 6 weeks but short of breath again. I weaned myself off most meds. I still take Singulair and Advair 500/50 twice daily and Budesonide mixed with Brovana twice a day. (I weaned myself because I got a Medical Card, here in the States, to purchase Cannabis and make into an oil and suppositories for my COPD but have not had the money purchase the ingredients do this as yet).
Last few days have had troubles breathing. I use a pulse oximeter to check constantly. These last few days occasionally it will drop to 88 for a second. What is happening now? Could it be because I was at a casino around smoke Tuesday?
I have emergency antibiotics at home but do not think that is what is needed. My sputum is clear. Some cough.
Should I start back on oxygen and did my breathing get bad again from 2 hours at casino? (Or is this common occurrence?)
My pulmonologist and Primary care doctors are not much help and I am limited as to the doctors I have in this area, so am looking for suggestions.