Peter Queripel

Living with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchiectasis over 20 years has been quite a journey. After a visit to my doctor he told me how I could control my symptoms. He said you know when you’re not well, so first thing come and see me straight away. He gave me standby antibiotics which I could take in case I was ill over the weekend.

I’ve only been hospitalised twice for a total of 10 days, so I’ve been very lucky. After reading many stories on this site and checking different stages of COPD I have managed to frighten myself, because I could identify which stage I was at and that is stage 3. I am using just about all the medications I can use, and at the moment I am reducing my steroids. I’ve been ill since November and finally I’m starting to feel okay again.

I take an antibiotic 3 times a week to help prevent infections which help me tremendously. Exercising is done at home watching YouTube videos. I do this everyday and if I need help from my rehabilitation team they are always available to give me advice.

I would appreciate any tips that could help me please.

Best regards to everyone.

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