In May 2018 I was short of breath. I thought I might have pneumonia. Turned out they found a pulmonary embolism and I spent 4 days in ICU. I was finally discharged to go home and rest. This also came shortly after a kidney stone and high blood pressure diagnosis, and I was really, really, tired.
But my lung capacity, while better than with the PE, still sucks. “It takes time to recover from a PE”. Uh-huh. Also I was busy trying to hit deadlines at work, despite being tired all the time, and I only had so much time and energy to deal with crap. So I didn’t push to hard on why my lung capacity is still smaller than normal.
It’s over a year later. I still get short of breath trying to walk any distance. Slowing down helps but is frustratingly slow. So this week I’m going to the Pulmonary Clinic for lung capacity testing! Good! And to find out my unmedicated state, I’m not taking asthma meds and anthistamines for a day beforehand!
“You can use a rescue inhaler like albuterol if needed up to 4 hours before the appointment.”
What really worries me is that I’ll end up itching. I did confirm I can use topical meds, like hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine eyedrops. I may be focusing on itching to avoid thinking about shortness of breath. But still. No Zyrtec. Eek.