I am Asthmatic. I was diagnosed with COPD in 2005. I probably had it a lot longer. as being breathless was the norm for me for as long as i can remember. Never noticed it getting worse. But in 2005 i got a chest infection that just wouldn't clear up. Also i lost my voice. GP referred me to ENT as they were thinking throat cancer. Regained my voice after about 3mths. But it has been very hoarse ever since.
I am a smoker. Have tried numerous times to give up. Without success. Have been smoking since the age of 13 40yrs altogether about 30 a day! I am far from proud of it. I wish that there was a magic wand that would stop me. I just don't have the will anymore.
I have been diagnosed as being disabled now for the past 2yrs. I tend not to go out as often as i should as i hate the way it makes me feel when i get breathless. Gasping for air at times. There have been a few times recently when i have thought it was the last breath i would take. It seems to last a lot longer of late.
I take Ventolin, Seratide and Spiriva.
I was only referred to the Respiratory team at the hospital last October Where i saw the consultant. He arranged for the respiratory nurse to call at my home for 2 visits only! She advised against having a nebuliser at home as they are afraid that people will use it all the time then it will not work when it is really needed!! Currently Was hospitalised yesterday by GP. Sent home after treatment.
Consultant cancelled appt Given a new one in Oct. That will be a year since the last appt.
I am not working. I am on ESA and DLA. Was refused twice for DLA Appealed after the 2nd attempt and won on the appeal. My local disability advice centre helped to fill in the 2nd form and Appeal form. They were brilliant. They also prepaired me for the appeal. Julia