How long does it take some of you all to be back on track again after going thru this? I know I need to have some patience here.
Hi, and hope you're feeling better every day! For me, it usually takes about six weeks to get back to normal if I have been hospitalized, and maybe 3-4 if not, depending on how soon I caught it. I was hospitalized for about a week at the end of February, after having been incapacitated since just before Christmas. I didn't go to the doctor because I just thought it was getting worse, and I wasn't wheezing, which is my normal clue. Plus, covid. The last thing I wanted to do was expose myself and get even more run down. As we speak, I am about 85% better, and I keep hoping this is not as good as it gets! Let me know how you're doing.
Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator
Hi tmill, and thanks for your post - you've posed an excellent question! I am hopeful others in the community will see your inquiry and respond by sharing their own personal experiences recovering from an exacerbation.
I have something to add as well. I think you'll find that these 'recovery times' can vary considerably from patient to patient. As well, recovery times can also vary for the same patient. One event my have a longer or shorter recovery period than the previous event. We actually have an article, published right here on COD.net, which speaks to this very issue. For your convenience, here is a link to that article: https://copd.net/living/exacerbations. I do hope you find this information is helpful in a practical way.
Wishing you well,
Leon (site moderator COPD.net)