Crisis Averted.

By Gill
@Gillygirl (17361)
Sutton, England
February 2, 2017 6:53am CST
I went to see my little grandson yesterday afternoon. When I got home I began to feel a little breathless. I took my reliever inhaler but it got steadily worse as the evening progressed. It was looking as though I was having a COPD flare up. Luckily I had my rescue pack of Prednislone tablets to hand. I took the first dose and used my inhaler as a nebuliser using a spacer. An hour later my breathing had become much easier. This time last year I was in hospital due to an exacerbation. I had initially got a cold which led to the flare up. I did not want a repeat of the many stays I had there in 2016. I feel much better today so a crisis has been averted. Hope your day is going well. Photo my own.
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@MALUSE (42697)
• Germany
2 Feb 17
That's good news. I gather you can't leave the house without your inhaler and medicine?
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
The inhaler is always with me. I keep a spare at home in case my bag is snatched. I don't take other medicine with me if I'm going on a short visit of about an hour.
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@MALUSE (42697)
• Germany
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl 'in case your bag is snatched'. Isn't it a shame that one has to think about that, too?!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
@MALUSE Sadly this happened to me a few years ago. I did manage to grab it back but it was scary.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Feb 17
I'm glad you were able to recover. You picture is amazing.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you, the photo is one of the batch I was able to retrieve. I have a few Irises in my garden and am looking forward to them coming out this year.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl I have some just that color, looks like a pic I have taken many times of mine.
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• United States
2 Feb 17
I have to agree that the color is amazing....so vivid and bright and gives me a boost from all the dreary winter gray lately
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@JudyEv (130542)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 17
That is a beautiful iris. I'm glad you were able to get yourself back to normal.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you Judy, it is from my garden, taken a few years ago. I seem to be better at managing flare ups now. I don't want another hospitalisation.
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@JudyEv (130542)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl If you have a chronic illness, I guess you learn the signs and are better able to start counteracting the symptoms quickly.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
@JudyEv I am better at recognising the signs now. I don't like taking oral steroids unless necessary as they can have side effects such as Brittle Bone disease. I think it was necessary last night.
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@LadyDuck (171236)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 17
I am glad you feel better today. Last week I made an exception and took a syrup to stop my cough. Today my kidneys hurt. I knew I had to take nothing.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you, at times it's necessary to take medicine but they can all cause side effects. Do you have a kidney problem?
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@LadyDuck (171236)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 17
@Gillygirl It's not a serious kidney problem, but time by time I have very small stones. I do not need surgery, but when the stones move it's very painful.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
@LadyDuck I can imagine it must be very painful at times. Is there anything you can take to alleviate the pain?
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@velvet53 (17323)
• Palisade, Colorado
2 Feb 17
I'm glad that you were on top of things. As you know I ended up at UC and I am glad that I went when I did. I know how fast it can get worse.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
I read your response and hope you will be on the mend soon. I had several nasty infections last year. I have antibiotics at home but I don't think I had an infection. Much recovered now.
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@velvet53 (17323)
• Palisade, Colorado
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl They put me on prednisone and an antibiotic so hopefully I will start feeling better soon.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
@velvet53 That's good, once they kick in you should start to mend.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
2 Feb 17
Glad to hear that you are feeling much better
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you Lauren it can be a bit scary but I managed to keep as calm as possible.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl that is good. I am not good in those situations.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
@Happy2BeMe I've had to teach myself to be like that.
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• New Delhi, India
2 Feb 17
Take care dear.. I wish you feel better now.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you I feel much better today.
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• New Delhi, India
2 Feb 17
@Gillygirl have a great day!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
@amitkokiladitya Thank you and you too.
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@Deepizzaguy (14575)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
3 Feb 17
Thank goodness as we say in Louisiana "dodged a bullet."
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Lol I most certainly did and feel better now. It's late here so off to bed soon.
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@Deepizzaguy (14575)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
3 Feb 17
@Gillygirl Thank you and have a good evening.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
@Deepizzaguy Hope you had a good evening. It's midday here now.
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@shaggin (37317)
• United States
3 Feb 17
Very glad to hear you were able to avoid having to go to the hospital! The photo you posted is beautiful!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Thank you, the photo is of an iris, I have a few of them in my garden.
@shaggin (37317)
• United States
3 Feb 17
@Gillygirl I thought that is what it was as it is what one of the flowers in the cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland is.
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@DianneN (82428)
• United States
2 Feb 17
Wow! I'm glad that you now have the necessary meds. You must have had a lot of fun with your little, active grandson.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thanks Dianne, I always have them to hand now I'm not under the witch doctor. Had fun with Charlie, he was a bundle of energy.
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@DianneN (82428)
• United States
2 Feb 17
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@1hopefulman (31684)
• Canada
3 Feb 17
That could have been terrible. It was good you were prepared and were able to avert a crisis.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Yes and thank goodness it wasn't. I had enough of hospital last year.
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• China
3 Feb 17
It is a good job you know well how to deal with it .Just as the saying here,prolonged illness makes a doctor of a patient.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
I agree and I've had plenty of practice now.
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@stbrians (15854)
• Kakamega, Kenya
3 Feb 17
Are you asthmatic like my wife. A crisis can happen anytime. Thank God you were equipped
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
I have COPD but was mildly asthmatic before I was diagnosed. My former doctor didn't believe in oral steroids. They are necessary at times and my new doctor lets me have them.
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Feb 17
I am so glad to hear that you were able to avert a major setback.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Yes I did thankfully James. I don't want to be a frequent resident in hospital in the way I was last year.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
3 Feb 17
That is good you are feeling better.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Thank you, I feel even better today so it is a relief.
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@snowy22315 (51224)
• United States
3 Feb 17
I am glad it worked out! My roomie has COPD, and he is slightly obsessed with his condition, but he almost has to be really...He takes Xanax from time to time..to help keep his anxiety down..about his breathing.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Thank you it was a relief after so many stays in hospital last year. I used to be very anxious but have learnt some calming techniques. It is scary so I don't blame your roomie for being anxious.
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@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
3 Feb 17
It is a terrible thing to deal with. Glad you are okay now.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Thanks it takes some learning to try and keep calm. It took me a long time.
@Daljinder (22072)
• India
3 Feb 17
Glad to know you took immediate action and crisis was averted
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Feb 17
Thanks I was in hospital so much last year I don't want to be there again.
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@divalounger (2252)
• United States
2 Feb 17
So glad you are feeling better! That can be scary! But it seems like you knew what to do to handle it--great picture!!!!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thanks I've had a lot of practice now. Medicine kicked in so much better. The flower is one of a few irises that were growing in my garden.
@allknowing (68817)
• India
2 Feb 17
Good you have your medicines as standby Take care
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Thank you I feel much better now.
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