It's almost exactly a year since I was diagnosed with UCTD and interstitial lung disease and started on Hydroxycholoroquine and prednisilone. Its hasn't been the best of years, and I've had to accept ill health retirement as a result.
However, my breathing is the one problem that does seem to have improved, so I was keen to hear my respirologist's verdict at my review this morning.
It appears that the inflammation has all but gone completely, leaving just a very small area of bronchiectasis. He was very pleased, and so am I!
The plan now is to begin physio to get my deconditioned muscles back (and to get rid of some of the stone-and-a-half of fat I've put on). At the same time, he's happy for me to try a slow steroid taper. So despite my blue fingers this afternoon (is it chilly where you are too?), things are looking up.