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Hi all, got back from hospital last night after one of those all familiar breathing problems that all of us have to endure. It started last Friday, sitting here feeling strange because my arms were tingly and I kept gasping for breath, my husband said are you ok, no I feel a bit weird, doing my breathing excersise but I couldn't get it right. Then got up to go to the toilet, then I just lost it and panicked, my poor hubby was doing what he could to calm me and then rang 999. Well paramedic was here within minutes and ambulance crew, after a few questions I was on my way to hospital. To cut a long story short, I had blood tests, and exray and usual sats tests and was kept in, blood pressure too low, heart rate too high, exray just showing lungs really bad. Anyway now back at home with five boxes of steroids to use over next few weeks knocking one out each week. I tell you what, you cannot sleep in hospital at all, so much noise and each time you doze off your woken up for sats tests, nice to be home. ๐Ÿค”

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You must be so glad to be back. Hope the steroids do their job.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery


Stumpy55 in reply to Corin1950

Thankyou Corin, yes pleased to be back home, there's no place like it plus I worry about Barney cause he's a mummy' a boy and I know he will give me the cold shoulder on arrival bless him. My hubby is just the same lol. I hope you enjoy the rest of weekend ๐Ÿ™‚xX

Welcome home Stumpy,just in time to enjoy this beautiful weather,sit back,relax let hubby pamper you a little and enjoy the peace and quiet and comfort of your own bed tonight and let those steroids bolster your system over the coming days and restore you to your usual chirpy happy go lucky self that we all enjoy............Ski's and a hot Scruffy cat xx

Stumpy55 in reply to skischool

Thankyou Skischool, that's very nice of you๐Ÿ˜‰yes I will enjoy this gorgeous weather. My hubby is cooking dinner as we speak bless him, he spoils me on a daily basis skis. I hope all is well your end? Enjoy the rest of the weekend with Scruffy XX๐Ÿ˜‰

Speedy recovery xx

Stumpy55 in reply to Usgang

Thankyou Usgang, it's good to be home. Take care of yourself and enjoy the holiday xx๐Ÿ™‚

Usgang in reply to Stumpy55

Thank you you too lovely xx

Good you're home again, hope you'll feel better very soon!

Stumpy55 in reply to Robin77

Thankyou Robin77, it's good to home. Only thing is I have the shakes quite bad, I reckon it's the steroids, but at least my breathing is easier so I would sooner that. Hope your enjoying this gorgeous weather. Take care xx๐Ÿ™‚

Robin77 in reply to Stumpy55

Take care, and absolutely no dusting! โ˜บ What an awful way to start the holiday weekend.

Stumpy55 in reply to Robin77

Hello Robin77 Thankyou, yes I feel a lot better now, I'm on 30 mils steroids to be tapered down each week plus added meds for nebuliser. No dusting lol. I hope you are keeping yourself well ๐Ÿคžโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚


Sorry to hear your so poorly pleased your back home i hope you'll soon feel a lot better take care wishing a speedy recovery. Majt๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ‡

Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

Thankyou Majt, I'm a lot better now. I have the shakes quite bad, my husband said "don't waste it I'le give you a duster ha!ha! the little sod. Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather. Take care xx๐Ÿ™‚

Hidden in reply to Stumpy55

๐Ÿ˜‚ ha!ha! love your husband's good sense of humour. Xx ๐Ÿ˜‚

Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

I know he's a little sod he doesn't miss an opportunity lol. But I wouldn't change him for the world Majt. ๐Ÿ˜x


Glad you are home ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŒธx

Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

Thankyou Happylondon, yes I am pleased to be back home. I have the shakes quite bad, hubby said hang on I'le give you a duster lol, he don't miss a trick lol. I hope you are enjoying this glorious weather? xxโ˜บ๏ธ

Hidden in reply to Stumpy55

You are welcome.. ahhh poor you, maybe the steroids..are you on a high daily dosage? I hope you have your GP follow-up appointment? If not worth checking.

Nice to have a hubby with a sense of humour ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Take good care of yourself xx

Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

Yes I think your right, I'm on 30mils of steroid for one week and then taper down. Oh yes my hubby is a sausy little sod at the best of times lol, but he's one of the best as well. I get more sence out of my cat Barney lol. Take care of yourself xx

Hidden in reply to Stumpy55

30mg is ok, but I suppose being in hospital you got loads of meds and not much sleep as you said so you need to recover from that ordeal!

Cats are good friends ๐Ÿ˜ธ

Thank you. Have a good evening, feet up and no dusting ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’•

Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

Yes I was on other stuff as well as steroids in hospital, and you don't get any rest in hospital but I did meet some really nice people in the same place as me so it was good to talk. Barney was offish with me at first but then he walked over frowning and then jumped up on my lap purring and snuggling bless him. Forgiven for leaving him lol. Absolute no dusting for me lol. Take care of yourself โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

Hidden in reply to Stumpy55

Good to know you met some nice people. I also find it comforting chatting with other patients when I am in. So Barney was offish at first..๐Ÿ˜ƒ Aria does that. It took her quite a while after I was away 3 weeks with my eyes, now she is eating croquettes out of my hand again!

Thank you and have a good night xx


Stumpy55 in reply to Hidden

Thankyou as well, really nice chatting with you Fran. Take care xx๐Ÿ˜Š

Hi Stumpy glad your back home , loaded up with steroids and hubby pampering you , wow you'll soon be back on your feet. Xxxx

Stumpy55 in reply to pegbl

Hi pegbl , yes he's spoiling me rotten bless him but then he always dose. I have shakes really bad so he said "don't waste it I'le give you a duster" ha!ha! I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather? Take care xx๐Ÿ˜‰

It must have been awful for you Stumpy, but pleased you're now back home. Made me laugh your husband putting your shakes to good use. Hope you feel better soon. Lilian xxxxxx

Stumpy55 in reply to Lilian226

Hi Lilian226, yes it was scary I didn't think I was coming home. My husband doesn't miss an opportunity ha!ha! Barney my cat is more sensible lol. I hope you are keeping yourself well, and enjoying this beautiful weather. xx๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope youโ€™re on the mend soon Stumpy and pleased you are home again. Love and hugs. Xxx ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–โค๏ธ

Stumpy55 in reply to sassy59

Thankyou. Sassy, I feel a lot better now, quite shaky and tired but getting there. I hope you are both enjoying this gorgeous weather? Take care โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

sassy59 in reply to Stumpy55

You take it easy and yes, we are enjoying this lovely weather while it lasts. Take care xxxxx

Hello Stumpy55. Hope things are getting better for you. You look after yourself and best of luck for the future. Best wishes. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค“

Stumpy55 in reply to Roysieboy

Thankyou Roysieboy, I am getting there slowly. I am as near to normal as I am ever likely to be lol. Thankyou and I hope you are keeping yourself well. Take care x๐Ÿ™‚

Glad you're home now Stumpy. Yes I agree about the noise in hospital and now the steroids are going to ruin your sleep at home. Guess you'll just have to doze during the day ! Take care, Sheila x

Stumpy55 in reply to mskpjb

Hi mskpjb, Thankyou yes I am glad to be home and relieved I can breath a lot easier now. The steroids don't ruin my sleep at all, I'm lucky there, I know they affect a lot of people's sleep Thoe. But in hospital I didn't get any sleep at all, it bugs me a bit. Still I shouldn't really complain the staff on my ward were really good. You take care as well ๐Ÿ˜Šxx

Hi Stumpy, how scary that must have been for you...your hubby sounds like a superstar to have stayed so calm and supportive๐Ÿ˜Š. I know what you mean about hospitals...they are temples of insomnia๐Ÿ˜‰. Rest up now, take your meds and let everyone around you take good care of you...Sending you hugs and good wishes x Anne x

Glad you're home and feeling a little better stumpy ! ๐Ÿ˜ my husband is like yours, tries to make light of all the serious stuff and make a joke of it! As I speak he's out in the garden laughing his head off with my son around the fire pit and grandsons - it's a pity I can't join in but you know the smoke from the fire etc, etc, etc! Boring!

Oh no, dear Stumpy55 .

How very awful for you. I hope you feel better very soon. Home is really the best place to rest. Hospitals are just too bustly. ๐Ÿ˜‘

Sending lots of love and gentle hugs.

Cas xx ๐ŸŒน

Stumpy55 in reply to Caspiana

Hello Cas and Thankyou, yes it was very scary but I feel a lot better now, I have the shakes quite bad but I think it's the steroids. Still I would sooner the shakes than can't breathe, we all know what that's like. I hope you are keeping well Cas? Take care of yourself โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

Caspiana in reply to Stumpy55


Hope the steroids soon get you back on your feet . Bet you sleep well in your own bed.

Stumpy55 in reply to joyce74

Hello Joyce74, yes the steroids are working Thankyou, I feel a lot better today and nice to be home, no place like it. I'm sleeping better as well, you can't do that in hospital Joyce it's impossible. Hope you are keeping well? โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

joyce74 in reply to Stumpy55

Good the steroids are working. I had a scan on stomach area last week result due Thursday and awaiting appointment to see an endocrinologist. After having blood tests monthly 3 times. Told probably hormone problem . I keep falling asleep and have bouts of pins and needles not worrying about it should find out soon. Hope you managed to get out in the lovely sunshine ๐ŸŒž

Theres no place like home ๐Ÿ˜Š

Speedy recovery.

Marian x

Stumpy55 in reply to mas7656

Hello Mas7656, Thankyou I am a lot better now, and I think you get better faster in your own surroundings with the steroids kicking in. Apart from the shakes I am getting there. I hope you are keeping well? Take care โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Šx

Hope you had a better night in your own bed there's nothing I like your own. The funny feeling and twitchy arms caught my attention I get these funny feelings never know if it's my a.f or emphysema. Enjoy the sunshine. Jane

Stumpy55 in reply to chubby2x22

Hello chubby2x22, yes I had a good nights sleep Thankyou. I have the shakes but think it's steroids causing it. I feel a little breathless still but nothing like I was last Friday. My hubby is cooking a nice roast today and then out in the garden , it's gorgeous weather. You take care of yourself xxโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

Get well soon, Stumpy. Yes, it's so much easier to sleep at home than in hospital.

Stumpy55 in reply to Ergendl

Hello Ergend, Thankyou, I had a good nights sleep last night, in hospital it's impossible to sleep, I think you stand more chance on a moterway. Hope you are keeping well? โœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

Ergendl in reply to Stumpy55

I'm fine, thanks. Just found out yesterday that I can't climb Bulkeley Hill quite the way I used to 12 years ago! It was lovely up there, with the warm sun dappling through the trees, and a great view of Cheshire, though the Welsh hills were a little more hazy.

Stumpy55 in reply to Ergendl

That sounds a lovely place to be Ergendl. ๐Ÿ™‚x

Hope you start to feel better soon x x x

Stumpy55 in reply to Shirleyj

Hi Shirley, Thankyou, I still feel a little breathless but compared to last Friday that's nothing. The shakes are still there, last night I picked up my cup of tea and shook it all over my poor old cat bless him, he jumped down off my lap and refuses to come back. I hope all is well with youxxโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Shirleyj in reply to Stumpy55

Poor old cat, he'll be back for a cuddle soon. You take care x x x

Hope you're feeling better soon Stumpy. Am sure the steroids will kick in soon, if they haven't already xx

Stumpy55 in reply to Dedalus

Hi Dedalus, Thankyou, I'm a lot better now, still have shakes and a bit breathless but better than last Friday thank goodness. I hope you are well? XXโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Glad your Home Hun, This was me 2016 exactly the same, I've been on Azithromycin ever since its the Best long term Antibiotic, only one small Exacerbation in March 2018, so two years free of a 999 call. I just go every 3 months for check ups while I'm on the transplant List. Keep Well, Breathe and Exercise . Love n Hugs , Carolina XXXXX

Stumpy55 in reply to Hacienda

Hello Hacienda, Thankyou. That sounds like a good Antibiotic, I will talk to my G.P about that. Glad your feeling better. I feel a lot better now apart from shakes and still a little breathless but not complaining, it's better than last Friday. Take care xxโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Get well soon. Hope those awful steroids do their job

Hello dickinson1954, Thankyou I do feel a lot better now and these steroids are making me feel a lot better than I was last Friday. Still a bit breathless and have the shakes but hopefully that will improve๐Ÿคžyou take care of yourself xxโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope slowly but surely you will be feeling better in your self soon.

All the best.

So sorry to hear you've been so unwell. Hope the rest at home will soon get you back on your feet. You are right about not being able to sleep in hospital. Last time I was in, they brought in a woman in the middle of the night and did nothing quietly. She turned out to have mental health problems and didn't stop talking! Still, it was all quite entertaining - better than the tele! Just didn't get any sleep.

Look after yourself - you'll soon be whizzing round with all those steroids inside you! xx Moy

Its really scarry when this happens hard not to panic but hopefully on the mend now.

Speedy recovery .xx


That was a scary experience for you and your husband Stumpy..Get well soon and drink plenty with those steroids.Regards Ger

so glad you home and a bit bet now x I had a busy weekend and had to go out for a meal last night had an attack just before I was due to go so took six steroids I have as an emergency pack and managed to do the night with no problem so wish you feeling better real soon xx

Stumpy55 in reply to davecarol2

Hello davecarol2, yes I'm a lot better today Thankyou. I'm on 30 mil steroids to be tapered down over the next five weeks and it really is helping my breathing. Sorry you had an attack and I know how scary that is. Glad you managed your night out Inspite of problem that's good. Hope you have it under control now? Take care of yourself x๐Ÿ™‚

davecarol2 in reply to Stumpy55

Thank you and you too xx

Do you have access to a community matron? We have had one for about six months now and have found her very helpful. With the support of this service OH has only had to go into hospital once and that was for a couple of days for intravenous medication and was planned. He came home and continued with the IV antibiotic at home. He was regularly in and out of hospital as an emergency and it was very stressful.

Stumpy55 in reply to Bella395

Hello Bella395, yes I do have nurses coming in to check on my sats and to see if I need anything and I must say they are brilliant team. Trouble was last Friday everything happened so fast and my son was here, I didn't feel right and the next thing was my arms went heavy followed by breathing difficulties so he phoned the 999. Anyway I have it under control now with steroids and my nurse is coming in tomorrow. I hope your husband is feeling better now ๐Ÿคžit is very stressful for patients and their families your right. Take care ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you feel better soon ! I felt unwell last Tuesday just very sluggish and breathless so knew something was lurking so I opened my emergency pack of steroids and antibiotics-the steroids are good but the side effects are awful - I get the shakes too plus insomnia and feelings of doom and gloom but Iโ€™m starting to turn the corner today I have been having steam inhalation with oil of olbas because I canโ€™t cough up what is lurking in my lungs itโ€™s awful. Have muco tablets too but this time itโ€™s taking longer to shift. Get well soon my lovely x

Hidden in reply to pepparuby1

Hi pepparruby those are the exact same symptoms that I have and steroid side effects plus this amazing fatigue because of bronchiectasis an appointment at 4pm tomorrow and diddent know how to describe symptoms so your post has been a big help thanks Ger..every cloud has a silver lining ect ect lol

pepparuby1 in reply to Hidden

Itโ€™s really hard for me to know if Iโ€™m having an exasperation or chest infection- Iโ€™ve often gone to the gp M.D. said I think Iโ€™ve got something coming - the gp listens to my chest and says itโ€™s clear!?!?! How come I say and then a few days later Iโ€™m exhausted lethargic sluggish and tired. I donโ€™t look ill either. The cough rarely comes until later if Iโ€™m lucky!

Stumpy55 in reply to pepparuby1

Hi there pepparuby1, yes Thankyou I'm feeling a better now. I'm on 30mils of steroids per day to be tapered down by one each week. My shakes are still with me but my breathing is a lot better thank goodness. I think we all know when something dosnt feel right you just know your own body more than any doctor I think. Have you got bronchiectusis? If so my doctor put me on Carbasisteen capsules and that has helped me cough up the phlegm on my chest. The tablet s losten it all up. I hope you feel better soon ๐Ÿคž๐ŸŒน

Oh dear what a scary time. Hope your well soon and not hypo on steroids.

Stumpy55 in reply to Louiss

Thankyou Louiss, well I'm breathing better now Louiss, and I would take any amount of steroids just to breath properly to be honest. Nothing is more scary than not being able to breathe. Take care of yourself x๐Ÿ˜Š

Louiss in reply to Stumpy55

Pleased your breathing is better, I'm struggling in this heat, not sure if I have a cold or hayfever, sneezing past myself, now a cough to accompany the runny nose, going to use my rescue pack. Louise.

Home is best! Now is the time to let those steroids do their stuff .Get better soon.


Stumpy55 in reply to donut43

Thankyou donut43, yes home is best and I'm feeling a lot better now. Hope you are enjoying the weather? Xโœ‹๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

donut43 in reply to Stumpy55

Well I prefer cooler but the sun is nice.


Stumpy55 in reply to donut43

Me to, the weather is gorgeous but I find it difficult to breathe so I sit indoors infront of my fan. Nice talking with you Dan ๐Ÿค“

I hope you get well soon.

Stumpy55 in reply to Leesea

Hello Leesea, Thankyou and yes I feel more comfortable now. Back on steroids but pleased I can breathe better. Home is best. I haven't gone out just stayed in front of my fan. Take care of yourself ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you get welllsoon. Bad time of year for us! Pollen.

Enjoy the quiet at home

Take care. X

hello stumpy55. I can truly relate to not getting any rest in the hospital. lol. I had a flair up bout three weeks ago and was in the hospital for 6 days. They gave me everything but rest. Between the needles and blood pressure, breathing treatments, etc. there is no such thing as rest. We have to thank God for the doctors and all that they do for us but don't they know that we need rest? lol Well take care stumpy55, and I pray that you got the treatment you needed. I will be praying for you...

Stumpy55 in reply to 2pray4us

Thankyou 2pray4us, I hope you are feeling much better now my friend. You are so right about no rest in hospital. First I was in A and E, then after three hours I was put onto medical ward having more tests, and finally onto a proper ward and this was 2.30am . And this team of nurses wanted to do sats and ask all the old questions "are you anything ? To which I replied "yes lack of sleep" I stayed awake chatting with other patients that were woken up by me . Anyway I feel so much better now Thankyou again. X๐Ÿ™‚

Stumpy55 in reply to Stumpy55

I meant to say are you elegiac to anything

Very best wishes Stumpy. I'm sure it was all quite distressing and i wish you a speedy recovery.

So glad you are home Stumpy55. Home is always a much better place to heal.

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