I’m 65 and have had COPD for 6 years. Every night I go to sleep with my hands crossed over my chest, when I wake in the morning if I can move my elbows outward without feeling wood, then I know I haven’t died in the night.
When I wake I do a quick check. I am breathless?..No, Am I wheezing?…No.
But I do have to get out of bed and get to the loo a bit quick. I live in a bungalow so there’s no great distance to cover, and then it all starts off. For the next hour I find I’m coughing and struggling to breath whilst fighting off a panic attack.
I’ve tried taking a puff on my Ventolin before getting out of bed, and try to move as slowly as possible, but it’s the same terrifying situation most mornings. Anybody else have a similar experience and if so whats your solution.