Here is a good example of how strong my commitment to be willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma). It is that responsibility which I want to take seriously even when I expose myself to my feelings of silly with sometimes little insight, little knowledge and a few questions.
But with this social media stuff I know I can reach out to others who are fighting the same or similar battles and hopefully get some input on others who may have had similar happenings and/or diagnoses with similar programs of medical attempts at help and/or remedies.
Since my wife and I decided that ‘Lenny’ needed a second opinion we have been tossed into an ebb and flow of ideas and new meds.
After a blood test to check what my major allergies may be that kick in the asthma part of ‘Lenny’ we now know I am still highly agitated by cat dander and dust pollutants – something we already knew well.
My physician suggested we try Xolair which is a shot and after checking into the insurance end of things I received a call today from my physician’s nurse stating the insurance will cover the shot, at least through July. Now I am not sure how much the insurance will cost and neither did the nurse, so for now I will have to wait until tomorrow to talk to my physician himself.
So again I have ‘Lenny’ in what seems to be a holding pattern while we wait to see exactly when we will start the ‘Xolair’ and how it will affect my relationship with ‘Lenny’.
Oh, in the meantime I did have a very short appointment with my pulmonologist. They gave me a breathing test, which they were thrilled to tell me of a marked improvement since my previous breathing test – although they were not thrilled when I told them I (absent minded I know) had taken a round of Symbicort within the hour before taking the test. So were the results skewed?
My pulmonologist did advise me to re-up to two treatments of two puffs a day of the Symbicort – we will see if it messes with my voice as it did before as well as causing me many more coughing spells.
Sure wish ‘Lenny’ would just be consistent and let the need to knows of my life (my physician and pulmonologist) just exactly what is really causing my daily living fits – is it more asthma or more COPD.
And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
Most postings I try to finish with a question, but today I have no question on the mind or in the fingers banging on the keyboard.
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.
As always I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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