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Most of you know me from listening and posting on here the past few months...but I still haven't actually gotten in to see a lung specialist since being diagnosed back in Sept due to having the county insurance so it takes forever. I read alot and I have some medical background so I understand alot about COPD already but there are some things I hear on here over and over and I would like maybe a veteran or really any of you that knows, some answers to some questions I have.
1. What is "exasperation "? I'm assuming it's a breathing flair-up or set back but it's spoken of like it is expected...that confuses me bc if we are taking our meds why is it expected? Why haven't I had one?
2. They told me I had severe COPD but didn't give me a stage...they sent me home with oxygen and said i would need it as long as I'm breathing, which hasn't been true. I seem to maintain a pulse ox of about 93 with my meds so I rarely use any oxygen. Am I supposed to be using it all the time anyway? I'm scared to do that.
3. I was a smoker and they seemed pretty hopeless when talking about things and I don't think they expected me to quit. But I quit that day and haven't cheated...so isn't it true I may not be as bad as they thought??
4. Finally..in the hosp in Sept I was so bad I couldn't even produce enough air for the lung function test. I have had one since then and all the tech could tell me was that my numbers were alittle under...and each column they were less than the "normal" range but she said it looked like about 50% function. So what does that mean to me?? Can I live a long time...or should I expect exasperations that I will eventually die from?
Thanks sooooooo much for listening and replying!
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