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I had a scary episode a few weeks ago and I wonder if anyone can throw some light on it.
My husband and I used to do a lot of hill walking before COPD came along and we have changed to walking on the flat, albeit slowly. We were out a couple of weeks ago, passing through a forest. The road was made up of hard packed whinstone and although it was a sunny day it was very breezy and the dust was being blown all over the place...in fact the car was covered in grey dust. I didn't think anything of it but the next day I didn't feel too good and by 5pm I was struggling to get a breath. I used my inhalers but they didn't seem to help at all and by 10pm my husband had to call an ambulance as I just couldn't get a breath. I was given oxygen and then a nebuliser which made me able to start breathing better. The paramedics were terrific. I was taken to A&E and given antibiotics, steroids and sent home. My husband and I were very shaken up because any episodes I'd had before were usually just treated by my GP.
what I have wanted to know is what caused the flare up. I have asked about the dust but no one can give me an answer. Obviously I want to know so that I avoid situations like that in the future. All I get told by the medical side is...it can happen anytime. At the time I thought my end had come because my heart was on overload so any similar experiences would be very helpful.
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