Say What?!?

Today was my first appointment with a new pulmonologist.

I had seen my primary care doc a few months back about my breathing issues and I *finally* got to see the specialist today. Nothing like waiting 3 months to breathe well, huh?

I was prepared to hear a lot of things from the doctor but I was not prepared for something she did say.

Let me point out that I was the chubby, asthmatic kid. I was always puffing on an inhalor during gym classes and never really got any relief from them. I was the kid who had to sit out of most sports and never got to play sports outside of school because of my asthma.

I found out I may never have had asthma.


Yep, that's what the doctor said.

Given my childhood, you can probably see why I was dumbfounded at this news.

Seems that during the pulmonary function test (PFT), they didn't see anything to indicate that I had ever had asthma. The doctor is leaning towards some other defect that presented as asthma all those years ago. She is thinking that we're seeing it progress so much now because I'm stuck in bed so much and not being nearly as active as I used to be.

So, more tests for me. I will be going down to New Orleans to have a test done that is similar to the PFT but this time they will inject me with a medicine that will make me wheeze. Great huh?

Hopefully we'll know more soon.

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