A note of thanks to a nurse
The following was addressed to Debbie Barboza, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease nurse educator at the Bermuda Hospitals Board.
I have been an asthma sufferer for 75 years, with asthma diagnosed at the age of 5. It has made an huge impact on my life, seriously restricting social events and sports participation.
As a child, I would get excited about going to a party, only to bring on an asthma attack and not be able to go. It was recommended that I do a lot of swimming to help my breathing. I swam in school competitions and, although it may have helped my lung capacity, I ended up with a very broad back and muscular shoulders — for life!
Asthma ebbed and flowed through my life. I huffed, puffed, wheezed and gasped. I have been using Ventolin and Symbicort inhalers for as long as I can remember. Recently, you recommended that I try a new inhaler, Trelegy, which has a three-pronged effect over 24 hours. After a couple of days, I noticed I was not wheezing, not short of breath with the slightest activity. I may use the Ventolin inhaler occasionally first thing in the morning, but less than once a week. I don’t wheeze any more.
Even my stance has improved — I no longer gasp for breath, with shoulders down and chest curved, dragging in air. I am sitting up straight and enjoying regular, unrestrained breathing. My oxygen level at my doctor’s office this week was 99 per cent. What that’s doing to my organs and whole body I can only imagine. I cannot thank you enough. I have a new lease on life, albeit rather late! I recognise that this may not work for everyone, but I am thrilled it works for me.
You are a blessing to our community for the work you do, which you carry out with such knowledge and cheerfulness.
LIZ WILKINSON SMITH
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