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Hi, my name is Rachael and I'm 38 and a mother of two kids 6 and 8.
I'm writing this through buckets of tears and will admit I'm not such a strong person emotionally. I'm just terrified to be honest and just need a little support.Some Background- six weeks ago, maybe i had mild broncitis i don't know, i went out for a few drinks ( usually i'm tee- total due to Miniere's disease) with friends, but generally i felt fine. Bit of a hangover the next day, but the day after that ,Wham! Full blown bacterial pneumoni in right lung and in Hospital for a week( i'm english but live in Holland) the dr's kept asking me if I'd had lung problems before because the type of bacteria they found Heamophilis influenza was usually just found in patients with COPD. I was a bit shocked ,i gave up smoking ten years ago after smoking for ten years, i'm quite fit and a healthy weight- maybe a bit under. Never had any lung problems before. Fast foward 4 week, i go back to the consultant, he says , pneumonia is getting better, but after giving him another sputum sample as i'm still coughing up green stuff he says he'll ring me in a week. So, Xmas eve i speak to him over the phone, he says the Heamophilis Bac is still there and now the are looking down the road of COPD- maybe Chronic Broncitis. I'm not coughing hardly, just to get this bit of stuff up. Sometimes my breastbone feels a bit tight. Lung fuction tests are at the end of Jan. Having read everything and his words, he's probably right and i'm petrified, my kids are so young, i kn people's experiences are different- but how many 'useful' years do i have left- generally? Thanks in advance, off to take the dog for a walk and pull myself together!!
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