Hi, everyone I have just come across this ,so this is the first time for me.I have COPD and have had for about 6 years or so. I gave up smoking 8 years ago after 40 odd years, i finished up on 30-40 a day.I knew there was something wrong but didn't find out untill two years after i'd stopped just what it was. Two & a half years ago i was so bad i could do nothing at all,i was on 3 inhalers Spriva, Seretide and Ventolin I was going through the latter one every 2 weeks or so. When i finally went to see the doctor he sent me for an x-ray it showed that i had pneumonia and i was in hospital for 5 weeks. I was getting oxygen through the wall which wasn't doing any good so i was moved to Intensive Care where i spent 12 days, with a CPAP mask on for seven days and nights.Anyone who has ever had one one will know that it is not a nice experience.although without it i wouldn't be here today. I have an oxygen concentrator at home which i use at night,I also have oxygen cylinders which i use sometimes. I went to pulmonary rehab which i found very helpful i now go to the gym three days a week i find this also helps as i usually feel better when i come home than i did before i went. I am sorry this is so long but i just wanted to share it with you. If you want to hear something ironic although i am retired now, for 33 years of my working life i delivered oxygen to hospitals
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