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I've finally had another spirometry test today and am delighted that having been diagnosed with 70% lung function nearly 4 years ago it has only dropped by a few percentage points to 67%!!! The practice nurse said this is a normal variation and is probably only because the air here has been full of smoke for the last couple of days because of "controlled burns" to minimise bushfire fuel for next summer - totally over the top in my opinion.
Today for the first time I went out in public wearing the smoke mask recommended by the local fire brigade, feeling a bit self-conscious but at least it gave me the opportunity to tell a few people where they could buy one.
I'm convinced this good result is because I was diagnosed so early and that got to rehab early to learn how to manage the condition.
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