August 07, 2016

I only put this old painting in because I am not sure how to  write in here without putting  in  an image and don't want to take the time to find out. In any case it is somewhat appropriate..
I am currently living at West Park Rehab centre in Toronto and will be for the next 6 weeks so I won't be posting often although I come home on the weekends. I have COPD [don't smoke folks or if you do try to smoke as little as possible although I have already met 2 patients there who never smoked - they got COPD from second hand smoke!] I smoked for 40 or so years and I must say I enjoyed it very much. I stopped smoking when I was 60. I am now 82 - had pneumonia 1 1/2 years ago and 4 months later was diagnosed with COPD which has become progressively worse. Makes it difficult to breath which makes it difficult to walk very far etc etc etc. 
Luckily for me I was accepted for the 6 weeks live in rehab program at West Park. Rather than talk to people about this very confusing illness I will write about the experience in this blog. I also hope other patients will share their stories with me and allow me to blog their stories. Maybe we can help a couple of people stop smoking and therefore live longer. I live near the lakeshore in Barrie and I see people smoking near their little children - please don't - you are blackening their little lungs!!


Wisewebwoman said...

Oh Betty so sorry to hear of your CO. I quit close to 30 years ago. My lungs seem to have forgiven me. Pls keep me updated. Hugs.

Betty Bishop said...

Hi Wise - I am not in bad shape at all although COPD isn't easy partly because it is isolating and hard to explain. I will take it over many other end of life diseases. I am lucky I got into West Park in the early stages - I am sure it will extend my life. Will keep posting here. Take care of yourself. Betty