I was looking on the web tonight, you know how we do, info and strategies to stay non smoking. Anyway having recently been diagnosed as having COPD I thought I would start to look up how not smoking was helping with that.
Ive just realised I dont know anything about my illness, I dont know what stage Im at, I have no idea what my forced exhalation volume is, how long I may have left, because it does kill. Ive really scared myself.
Ive scared myself out of picking up a cigarette again thats for sure, but Im also scared by how little I know. I didnt ask any relevant questions, I was told I have copd and to stop smoking, I was given a prescription for spiriva and ventolin and that was it.
Im going to make an appointment at the copd clinic and write down a list of the questions I need answers to, I need to know these things, I really am scared, I havent even thought about it that much.
One thing I do know is that NO matter what I will never ever put one of those damn things in my mouth ever again!