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RAF Mick’s Story

I live in Ilford Essex.

Started smoking at the age of sixteen. During 5 years service in The Royal Air Force, smoked on average 30 cigarettes a day. Reduced gradually over the years and stopped smoking in 1999.

In 2014 my wife had an accident which left her wheelchair bound and she was later found to be suffering from Dementia. I am her full time carer and hardly receive any assistance. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Emphysema and now use 2 inhalers. For the last 2 weeks have not been breathing properly through my nose, making it difficult for me to look after my wife or deal with all household requirements.

I have a doctors appointment for next Tuesday. If I am not able to receive the appropriate treatment, my wife may have to go into care.

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Comments

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi raf69mick and thanks for your post. I’m sorry it went all this time without a reply. Are you able to tell us how your appointment went with you doctor? How are things for you and your wife now?
    Wishing you the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • kodiac
    1 year ago

    Haven’t felt good for a couple of weeks. My doctor put me on a six day dose card of
    MethyiPrednislolne and 5 day dose of
    Azithromycin. I feel like a new person. Have an infection in my lungs, from where I know not but these meds knocked it right out. Hope you have the same good luck.

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    kodiac – It’s great to hear that the course of prednisone did the trick! I hope you continue to feel better. – Regards, Lyn (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi kodiac and thanks for your post yesterday. I’ve heard others in our community speak very highly about the Azithromycin, sometimes referred to as a “z-pack”. It can really work wonders when used properly – it sounds like you’re experiencing that improvement first hand. Keep up the good work! Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi raf69mick and thanks for sharing your current situation with our online community. I’m sorry to hear of the very real challenges you are now facing. If there is something we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator/team member know.
    Good luck with your upcoming doctor’s appointment this Tuesday. Please do check back and let us know how you’re doing.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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