Continuing to struggle for breath
Over the next two years my breathing got worse and I was coughing a lot. I ended up seeing a specialist nurse, and she prescribed me with an inhaler. She also recommended I attend a pulmonary rehabilitation course for six weeks at the local hospital to see if it would help get my symptoms under control.
I found it incredibly frustrating that I didn’t notice an improvement in my breathing and this was also clearly concerning for me and my family. I wondered if we’d ever find a treatment that had a positive effect on me!
Taking control of my COPD symptoms
Following two more lung function tests I was prescribed various medicines, but none of them seemed to help me – it seems that not all medications are suitable for all people. But eventually I was prescribed another inhaler, which reduced my coughing by around 70-80 per cent - which was a great relief.
I know now that with any exertion I need to take frequent breaks, especially when climbing stairs. When walking, I have to go at my own pace and, of course, we have to check how much walking is involved before booking any holidays or outings. We’re always mindful that we don’t want to inconvenience others with having to wait for us.