If you have time please express
how you are doing with your breathing. I want to know
how you are doing, and why not..after all you have given
to this place I can be a listening ear
with the gang here. I also understand privacy too so
Jeff, I don't know what level of COPD I have but after this Thursday, I imagine that I will have an idea. I was told in 2000 that I had COPD and nothing more. I didn't think to ask about a level. Of course, you know how long its been since I quit smoking so you know I continued to smoke even with the diagnosis.
The meds I take are:
Combivent (as needed)
Albuterol (as needed)
Before I go any further I would like to put out into the Universe a caution about the Advair. It can cause havoc with your immune system. This is something I wasn't told. I have had a case of thrush, not only in my throat (no mouth involvement) BUT down my esophagus that has been ongoing and very painful. So far meds are not touching the infection. I used the Advair as directed but still got sick from it. Now that I have been on it for years it proves to be next to impossible to get off it. Believe me, I've tried. It feels like your body "wants" it and puts up a fuss if it doesn't get it.
At MY request (and largely because of you, Jeff) I pushed for a Pulmonary Function test. That will take place this Thursday. As an inquiring mind, I wanted to know just where I stood in this whole mess.
I am also going to ask my doctor (visit this afternoon) to get me enrolled in a pulmonary exercise/therapy class at our hospital. I've read that this 12 week class can produce results in lung function that lasts for months and months.
I can walk, mow my lawn, climb the stairs in my home, shovel snow, garden, haul my laundry, haul my groceries into the house...all fairly well. However, there are days that I feel as though I just don't want to do it...sigh.
There you have it, Jeff. I hope I've given you the information you were looking for. If not, please let me know because maybe I missed something.
Right now this Advair "thing" is driving me nuts and putting me "right on the edge of tears" most of the day. The pain is horrible and unrelenting. Those of you who use it...be careful. Right after you inhale this stuff brush your teeth, eat yogurt once a day, and keep on top of any sore throat you may have. I kept telling my doctor that my throat was raw and hurt. He'd look inside and tell me it was red, raw and looked like post nasal drip. Well, after 9 months of playing around the infection literally 'blew up'. Now you can see it with the naked eye. It is hampering my breathing
Do your research. Make a list when you go to your doctor. Be a good advocate with yourself and for yourself. After all, it's your life and they are your lungs...you are the only friend they have and you need to speak for them and knock on every door you find to help them out when they need it.