Today has been a case of do you want the good news or the bad news. I had an appointment with my new doctor as I wanted a second opinion for the ongoing cough I have had for months, my doctor in North Haven diagnosed it as asthma. Both Brian and I have been sceptical about this diagnosis, particularly as the Symbicort I was prescribed has not really helped. Enter my new doctor, I showed him the x-rays this morning and he believes asthma is not the problem….Hooray!
That was the good news, now for the bad news, he believes I have a condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a long-term chronic condition that obstructs the airways to the lungs, a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema…..Yay me! I am booked in for a lung function test next week which will tell how advanced the disease is, he will then be able to advise the best course of treatment and a long-term prognosis. He has given me an information sheet and I have googled it, and while it is not the best prognosis it certainly is not life threatening, it seems that with treatment I will still progress from a grumpy middle-aged man to a very grumpy old man. Sorry Brian and kids, don’t count on the inheritance or insurance just yet 🙂
Today has not been a complete loss though, I had a lovely couple of hours with my son Blake. I am making the most of every opportunity with Blake before he leaves for Alice Springs at the end of next month. I miss him already.