I am an 80 year old lady, new to this site but not to the British Lung Foundation. A life long asthmatic, I was also diagnosed with COPD. However, this diagnosis has recently been changed to bronchiectasis/asthma, with allergic broncho pulmonary aspergillosis.
I am used to living with breathing problems but this diagnosis has made me depressed as I am a very keen gardener, along with my lovely husband. We sometimes sit in our garden, (59 years married) and say, "This is our little bit of heaven" People say, " Get someone in to do the garden," but that isn't the point - it's my hobby and my pleasure. This diagnosis means that I cannot be near compost grass cuttings, even soil, so it seems I must spend the rest of my days watching tv or doing jigsaw puzzles. I have sent for some filter masks and am due to see my GP soon but is there any solution? At present I am on Fostair, two puffs twice daily plus Ventolin. Neither of these is very effective. I guess it has to be steroids but what a life! Count my blessings? I do that all the time.