First the rant.
If I hadn’t burst into tears of frustration and exhaustion when I saw the consultant 3 weeks ago I would have been fobbed-off with just a higher dose of Seretide to deal with repeated lung infections. Instead she sent me for blood and sputum tests.
This week I was so tired and breathless that I saw my Dr. She found my blood and sputum test results-unopened- and was able to confirm that after at least 8 months I still have a lung infection and that I don’t have enough antibodies to deal with the pesky H. Influenza bacteria that’s taken up residence in my system. I’m back on a maintenance dose of doxycycline.
Why hadn’t the consultant seen those results? Why is it such a relief to have my condition confirmed and to know that I haven’t been wasting the consultant’s time because that’s how I’ve been made to feel!
Ok, I appreciate that in the grand-scheme of things my condition isn’t life-threatening but it is life-changing and has impacted on my relationships, mental health, energy and ability to work.
So, lovely people, is there anyone else out there who’s been diagnosed with low H. Influenza immunity and if so how do you cope?