Well, I was in having my spirometry done and with each reading, I am thinking in my head, oh, this is bad, this is SOOOOOO bad, I should be able to breath harder than this.
I also had the reversibility test and I knew the salbutamol made no improvement so in each of the 3 readings, I am sitting thinking, oh, this is bad, I should be able to produce more breath than that.
So, this really really nice nurse gets her print out and says to me, well, your lung function is perfectly normal, in fact, it is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She said, as I was doing them and she was looking at the results she was thinking, well, she is doing very good breaths.
So, I am now being told I do not have COPD. One part of me says that makes sense as I seemed to be able to do so much without being acutely SOB but at the same time, I know there is 'something' not right.
Right at this moment, although not having COPD is brilliant news, what I am thinking is this. My CxR showed hyperinflation of my lungs, no sign of any tumor or shadows. But, (and the nurse could not tell me), if perfectly normal lungs can become hyperinflated and the real big concern for me is that in the early stages, malignancies are not always seen on x ray.
I am not trying to be negative but I had just about come to terms with COPD and to now be told I don't have it, I am more confused than ever as to what is happening.
I do have a follow up appointment with my Dr next week and I guess I will have to wait till then.
Hoping she may suggest CT to rule out anything serious
But I am glad I have given up smoking and I am not going to start again irrespective of not having COPD and I am also going to continue with the treadmill and getting fitter, both things are a positive change.
The last thing I will say is that if it is ok with you guys, I would like to hang around for a while at least until I find out what is going on with my lungs, I enjoy your company and in the short time I have been around here, I have had so much support and been given plenty of smiles into the bargin. I will understand though if you dont think that appropriate