When I was diagnosed with Emphysema last year I joined the BLF and was welcomed with open arms 💜 Thank you to all who replied to my first post. However I have found myself in such a dilemma? I just need to let you know I have so many health issues, they are Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Barrett's disease, Emphysema, Chronic Migraines, and Clinical depression. Over the Christmas period I have never suffered so much pain! I had the worst dental abscess ever! The swelling covered three quarters of my face! With it being over Christmas I couldn't go to my dentist, I rang and rang and rang the emergency numbers but they were constantly engaged! Then I got the most severe sharp pain in the middle of my chest which took my breath away! Eventually I got through to the emergency services, they sent paramedics to my home. When they saw my face they looked shocked! I did look terrible a bit like the hunchback of Notre dame
However they were more concerned with my chest pain and quickly hooked me up to their ECG machine. My Blood pressure was 190/90 and my saturation was 97. My ECG was normal. They wanted me to go to hospital but I refused because I am stupid and stubborn
I wanted my abscess treated but they couldn't guarantee that and that was the main reason I refused, also I keep seeing poster's reminding me not to attend A&E dotted all over my GP's surgery. The next day my abscess burst! What came out of my mouth was vile! Now I am sat here with the flu! I am never free from pain! I live on my own and barring the paramedics I didn't see a soul over Christmas! I am not looking for sympathy, I am looking for your help, advice and understanding. The thing is I really tried to give up smoking, but whether it's because of my health with my depression going up and down like a yo-yo I just have failed miserably to stop smoking! Please don't hate me, I really want to give up but I can't and I know too if I don't my Emphysema will get worse! I need help and I have already exhausted the six weeks help offered me last year, I only attended 2 weeks because I was too ill to attend all of the course. There, this is sad old me now. I don't know who to turn to.
I am severely disabled so I am like a prisoner in my own home
I no longer have my carer's because they were taken off me when the government were making their cuts. I can't afford to pay for any either because the government cut my benefits too. Any suggestions - please!