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save the last dance. aka bad news.

By Jaqui ·
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The lab test last week, got the results from the Doc this week.

hmm, FEV1 to FVC ratio 33% of norm.
FEV1 at 1.11 litre 29%
FVC at 3.31 litre 70%

all of which translates into, glad the doc got me on bronchial dilators when she did, another month later and I would likely have to be on oxygen 24/7.

my breathing is completely hooped.
Severely reduced capacity, Severely reduced effectiveness, significant volume of air trapped and not being exhaled and severe emphysema. only very partially reversible.

kind of explains the serious lack of energy, and significant loss of focus.
can't stay focused on one thing for more than about 10 minutes. [ movies, reading, physical activities. ]

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Aw man.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to save the last dance. aka ...

Sorry to hear it, man.
What caused it? What sort of treatment are they suggesting?
And - (((HUGS))).

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caused it? the COPD?

by Jaqui In reply to Aw man.

they can't say anything specifically, only that my being a smoker for last 24+ years is a major contributor.
being exposed to abstestos insulation in YVR ceiling.
living in older building with a lot of black mold in the walls for years.
pollution for the automobiles
flower pollens.

and the only treatment so far is the bronchial dilator atrivent.
lung physio has been mentioned. [ but not started or even referred to service provider ]
shortly will have the spiriva inhaler that is a different type of bronchial dilator as well.

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I guess those will do it...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to caused it? the COPD?

How long has it been since you quit the smokes? I heard that they can't really predict how much the lungs recuperate after quitting, so I hope yours recuperate lots.

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by Jaqui In reply to I guess those will do it. ...

I'm no quitter.
if I wasn't so broke I can't buy any, I would likely be off to have one right now

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Consider it...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to lol

It's a twofer; you'll be less broke - and you get a chance of improving your condition. Reversing the condition is one thing, but even getting the most out of the functioning lung capacity you have left may affect your wellbeing significantly.

Let's look at it this way; my dad got cancer and didn't quit. He might not have made it through, even if he had quit, but we'll never know now, will we?

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It depends

by JamesRL In reply to I guess those will do it. ...

Genetics, and other factors.

My father in law quit, but not before getting COPD.

His function improved, but never totally recovered, as some smokers do, after 5-10 years.

He had recurring pneumonia.

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to It depends

The improvement is completely unpredictable, but I daresay it has better odds than the lottery, and then, if after six months of being quit one doesn't like the results, one can always un-quit, unlike with doing it the other way around.

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by Jaqui In reply to It depends

the lab results say only partial improvement possible.
and they can't even guess at how much improvement.

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Partial improvement...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to yeah.

You know, anything less than 100% is partial.
In the interest of keeping you in posting condition for the greater good (i.e. me/us), I hereby order you to try being smoke-free, just to see how much it helps.
It's only for a year, after that you can decide for yourself if the improvement is big enough to keep being smoke-less.

C'mon, we need you, man! It's only a big sacrifice and effort we're asking!

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Sorry to hear it, Jacqui.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to save the last dance. aka ...

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