Censorship and inaccesible toilets.

Earlier in my stay in APH I tweeted about poor – as in zero – communication between medical staff and patients; about plain, old-fashioned cock-ups; about the absurdly high noise level from the overnight staff (think half a dozen students, fresh from the pub and let loose in a kitchen).
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Important notes about comments and advice…

I have unfixed this post as it’s screwing up my Google page ranking – it will now make its way down the page as normal. Some questions are now being addressed, but just the easy ones! The content of this post is now in a page, above.

Please note that, due to dramatically worsening health, I can no longer respond to requests for help or advice. I can’t say for how long this might continue.

In fact, so that I won’t be tempted, to my detriment, comments are unlikely to be moderated.

While I was always happy to provide help and advice, especially on the subject of COPD, it should be born in mind that Continue reading

The best sleeping position for COPD…

From my search-engine slush pile “sleeping positions for COPD.”

Many years ago I was taught by a physiotherapist that the best sleeping position for any respiratory illness – I hadn’t graduated to COPD in those days – was the recovery position. Googling it is easier than having me describe it.

You’ll probably have to do as I did, and modify it a little to get comfortable, and you’ll have to work at it – it does require discipline – but it really does pay dividends.

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The Benefits of Coffee in COPD…

As regular readers may know, I’ve had a pretty bad spell lately and, today, my breathing has been deeply crap, and not responding to my meds.

Anyway, a couple of hours ago, I needed to make some bread, as I’ve eaten my emergency stash of bread rolls. This, as you might imagine, didn’t help my breathing at all (though the actual flour, which I thought might cause problems, doesn’t). Anyway, once I set my dough aside for its final proving, I thought, what the hell, and fired up my new Dualit espresso machine.

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Depression in COPD…

Depression, in chronic illness like COPD is understandable. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that it can be caused by their medication. (But – whatever you do – don’t stop taking it!)

Theophylline, and its derivatives, like Aminophylline (Phyllocontin Continus), can cause vitamin B6 deficiency.

B6 helps moderate the function of Continue reading

COPD and working in a kitchen…

“Working in a kitchen with COPD,” popped up in my search-engine list yesterday and, I have to say, that would be a no-no, at least in a commercial kitchen.

With COPD there’s one thing you can be guaranteed to do – cough – and quite possibly a hell of a lot, hawking up crap to boot. You really can’t have Continue reading

COPD and smoking… Don’t!

Another question from my search engine slush-pile “will my COPD stop if I stop smoking?”

No, it won’t, it’s yours for the rest of your life.

However, stopping smoking will ensure that the treatment for your COPD is more effective than it would otherwise be. But, on the other side of the coin, continuing to smoke will make your COPD a hell of a lot worse, far more difficult to manage, and shorten your life. And that life will not Continue reading

Why does Ventolin never help me?

That’s a question from my search-engine list. First of all, a little information. Ventolin, the brand name of the Salbutamol inhaler, is the gold standard for inhalers. It is used in hospitals for spirometry testing, and for the more complex Pulmonary Function Laboratory tests.

The way to tell if Ventolin really isn’t helping is to get your doctor to run a spirometry test before and after using your inhaler, bearing in mind that you need to wait 20 minutes after taking it, or use your own peak flow meter.

There are several reasons why Ventolin may not help, not the least being misdiagnosis of asthma.

Then there’s the question of Continue reading