This site and all it's contributors over the past weeks have given me information, support and the courage to push for an appointment with a Consultant. BLF councelled me in how to ask the questions and I knew if I didn't understand the replies you lot would help.
My appointment was yesterday morning and I am just about coming to terms with the fact, if the CT scan agrees, that I have a small amount of damage on the right lung. The damage is historical as I have had breathing problems all my life. The Dr. believes it started in infancy with a bout of pneumonia. As previously mentioned I was a Smog child and further damage occured then. The most recent damage, which coincides with a noticable downturn in my mobility, was 12 years ago when I had Pleuracy. Xrays from 2008 to 2012 show no change. So...he has asked me to do a simple excercise twice a day he calls 'huffing' to help dislodge the gunk. He wants the CT scan done as a double check that he is not missing anything. Then he checked my hands and thats when I learnt about clubbing. Forgive me my vanity as from my teenage years to date girls have admired what we all thought were my 'filbert nails' domed and curved. He described them as classics for lung problems. He did not give me a name for my condition or suggest a 'cure' what he did say was that he could help me improve my breathing and would recommend a medication to my Doctor and would see me in January to discuss. All through this, except the Spiro bit, I had to use the breathing method I learnt here as I was so nervouse. He noticed that and nodded and smiled. Huffing works! I am so happy and it's down to you all. So......take your right hand, put it over your left shoulder and give yourself a pat on the back.
The last bit is that it's not smoking related, I am still going to try and stop and have had massive help again from you all. On a slightly different tack......I am now 10 stone in weight! Has anyone got any diet tricks that still include Olives and chocolate? not together!