Some years ago, approx' eight, I went for a chest x-ray at Leeds General Infirmary, and was asked if I did any type of sports as my x-ray showed I had distended lungs; I reckon what gave my reply away was the the little smirk on my face which proclaimed - "Are you joking!" Any type of sports activity is out as far as I'm concerned, as I just don't have the breath in me.
Anyhow, long story short. Ever since that first x-ray and a follow-up trip to see my GP about the results, I was informed that I had chronic bronchitis. Many more chest x-rays followed as the years passed by. A month ago I was sent to the L.G.I. for another x-ray by the new doctor at the surgery as I was constantly coughing and bringing up bucket-loads of sputum 24/7. After the previous chest x-rays, I thought I knew what the outcome would be regarding my chronic bronchitis - it was probably worse with age, that's all. Well you'd think the same, right?
Nope. My self-diagnosis was completely wrong. My new doctor informed me that the latest x-ray showed distended lungs, and that I was suffering from severe C.O.P.D. caused by emphysema. I kid you not, I gave the new doctor a strange, querying look, not believing what he'd just told me. I asked the new doctor what had happened to my chronic bronchitis that had plagued me for so many years? He flatly explained that I didn't, and never had, chronic bronchitis, I have emphysema and always have had this condition. Crikey, you could've knocked me off my seat with a feather as the reality of it all sank home! All those years of explaining to various people that I had chronic bronchitis - and all those forms I've had to fill in weren't telling the true story of my illness. And what you've just read is only the beginning of the story, because now I've got to explain to the DWP why I told them at my Work Capability Assessment that I had chronic bronchitis! Wish me luck with my appeal, won't you ...
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