Living with COPD

Last updated: April 2016

I was hospitalized May 30th 2014 while I was visiting my family and I became ill. I could not breathe; I had pain all over my body so I asked my daughter to call 9-1-1. I went to the hospital and they told me that it was a couple of things going on and that I didn't have to stay overnight. They began giving me lasix, even after that I started coughing up blood, then they said I had a couple things going on.

It turned out it was congestive heart failure due to lack of oxygen in my body that was causing all the pain. Since then, I've been on proair albuterol 4 times a day as needed and also take flovent twice a day, that's everyday. I have only been hospitalized at that time, I try to do what is necessary so I can feel better I take Mucinex to keep the mucus then I clear my throat a lot right now because I'm trying to avoid going to the hospital. I am 65 and I haven't smoked in 20 years.

When I was hospitalized the doctors asked me did anybody ever tell me I had COPD, I told them no. They said that I taste or nodule on the x-ray I feel fine basically sometimes I'm short of breath and I'm always tired but I have thyroid issues as well but those are checked constantly especially when I complained of being tired so I know this is due to the COPD and I just try to rest if I overdo it because I can't do what I used to do. I don't try to I have other health issues as well, but as long as I take my medication to prevent any inpatient things at the hospital. I'm OK and I guess that's all I can say about my condition right now I don't know what state I'm not interested in that I'm trying to live and not die.

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