A little over a year ago, my daughter drug my ass down to the local ER. I have been having what I thought was just a little problem breathing from years of smoking, plaster dust, drywall, solvents, taping dust, and other contaminants that I have been around over the years of remodeling.
Well it turns out that what I have is a as one ER doc put it, “a Crazy Sick case of COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it.
COPD develops slowly. Symptoms often worsen over time and can limit your ability to do routine activities. Severe COPD may prevent you from doing even basic activities like walking, cooking, or taking care of yourself.
Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older adults. The disease isn’t passed from person to person—you can’t catch it from someone else.
COPD has no cure yet, and doctors don’t know how to reverse the damage to the airways and lungs. However, treatments and lifestyle changes can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease.
Source National Institute of Health
Basic activities are about all I have left these days. Going for groceries for example requires many drugs, forethought and way more time than I ever thought you could spend in a store.
I have a cabinet full of drugs, to keep me breathing and my heart going.
This is the new me.
The cannula is connected to an Oxygen Concentrator.
This machine scrubs nitrogen out of the air and delivers it to me attached to a 50′ cord allowing me to walk around my house and do things. It is amazing how much better you can think and do things when you are actually getting enough oxygen in your system.
For treatments we have this machine the Nebulizer.
the “neb works with a mask to pump albuterol suspension into your lungs to get whats left of your lungs to accept oxygen. This I use every four hours.
I have other drugs that are once a day, twice a day, and the semi-familiar ‘rescue inhaler’. I also have a portable oxygen tank like the girl on Bates Motel, but I don’t go out long that much anymore.
More time for the web.
If ever there was a good excuse to quit smoking this ranks close to the top.