Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Inhalingly yours

Since I first was diagnosed with COPD, I have used a Combivent inhaler. I never really knew what to expect but I also never really saw any benefit from it. Every time I saw the doctor he would ask about it and I would tell him the latest - I hadn't needed it and/or when I did, I couldn't tell that it was doing anything. This last time, he asked me to show him how I was using it and he verified I was at least doing it right.

He changed me over to Xopenx - a different rescue inhaler. Like the Combivent, I am to use it when I need it and not more than once every 4 hours.

I think part of my problem is that I have a difficult time assessing 'when I need it'.  And my expectations of what it feels like before and after are skewed/muddled/not clear.

BUT, I think maybe I'm making progress. Today I felt like my breathing was not as good as it usually is. So I took an inhaler 'hit' and, in a few minutes, it actually did feel a little better.  In a few more minutes, I realized that it was actually considerably better.

Maybe I've got it noodled out... finally!
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